Hadewijch Quotes

even if you do the best you can in all things, your human nature must often fall short; so entrust yourself to God’s goodness, for his goodness is greater than your failures.

love is that burning fire which devours everything and shall never, never cease in all the endless ages to come.

Nowadays this is the way everyone loves himself; people wish to live with God in consolations and repose, in wealth and power, and to share the fruition of his glory. We all indeed wish to be God with God, but God knows there are few of us who want to live as men with his Humanity, or want to carry his cross with him, or want to hang on the cross with him and pay humanity’s debt to the full.

Do good under all circumstances, but with no care for any profit, or any blessedness, or any damnation, or any salvation, or any martyrdom; but all you do or omit should be for the honor of Love.

Be fervent in God, and let nothing grieve you, whatever you encounter.

Love has seven names, / Which, as you know, are appropriate to her; / Chain, light, live coal, and fire – / … dew, living spring, and hell.

May your service of love a beautiful thing; want nothing else, fear nothing else and let love be free to become what love truly is.

For this is love’s truth; she joins two in one being, makes sweet sour, strangers neighbors, and the lowly noble.

It is written in the code of love: He who strikes the blow is himself struck down.

I wish to devote all my time / To noble thoughts about great Love.

They who live without Love are dead. / But the worst of all deaths is this — / That the loving soul be cowardly toward Love; / For perfect Love is never cowardly, / But claims its rights, which it lacks.

The soul who is most untouched is the most like to God.

Take care, you who wish / to deal with names / for love. Behind their sweetness / and wrath, nothing endures. / Nothing but wounds and kisses.

Despair makes us serve evil as much as good.

First the lover must learn charity and keep God’s law. Then he shall be blessed a hundredfold, and he shall do great things without great effort, and bear all pain without suffering. And so his life will surpass human reason indeed.

What use is it for me to force my nature? / For my nature shall always remain / What it is and conquer what belongs to it, / However men may narrow its path.


The new year has begun for us. / Now must God grant us with love / That we may be able so to begin it / That it may be of value for Love.

although I have no fish, / I do not want any frog; / Or any elderberries either, / Instead of a bunch of grapes: / Although I have no love, / I do not want anything else, / Whether Love is gracious to me or hostile.

He who lives in despair / takes and gives in vain.

Although the season is joyful everywhere, / And mountain and valley are all verdant, / That would seem a truly small matter to him / Who has met mischance in love.

The New Year has come to us. / God be blessed for it.