” ‘ You know what

” ‘ You know what love really is?’ I lectured her. ‘It’s
recognizing that the person you love isn’t perfect and forgiving them for
that. And then it’s hoping that he or she will forgive you for not being
perfect, too. It’s tolerance and compromise and that takes a lot of selflessness,
not selfishness. In the end we all have to realize that we are never going
to be happy unless the person we love is happy, too.’ ”

– from
V.C. Andrews’ novel Twisted Roots