Whoever loves must try to act as if they had a great work; they must be much alone and go into themselves and collect themselves and hold fast . . . . the more one is, the richer is all that one experiences. And whoever wants to have a deep love in their life must collect and save for it and gather honey.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
The beauty here is that Rilke describes love as action, rather than a feeling, which can come and go, change and be fleeting. It can be difficult to control your feelings, but you can decide to love others as an act and continue to act in ways that are loving. That is beautiful.
(In Rilke’s excerpt I have replaced the words he, his, himself with more gender neutral wording, so that in reading it, it is applicable to everyone)