From M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled

(It is a book on the descriptions of the attributes that make for a fulfilled human being, based largely on the writer’s experiences as a psychiatrist and a person.)

“Great marriages cannot be constructed by individuals who are terrified by their basic aloneness, as so commonly is the case, and seek a merging in marriage. Genuine love not only respects the individuality of the other but actually seeks to cultivate it, even at the risk of separation or loss. The ultimate goal of life remains the spiritual growth of the individual, the solitary journey to peaks that can be climbed only alone.”