“So why do we constantly aspire to love? Because love is the meeting point of truth and magic. Truth, as in photography; magic, as in ballooning.
There is a German word, sehnsucht, which has no English equivalent; it means ‘the longing for something’. It has Romantic and mystical connotations; C.S. Lewis defined it as ‘the inconsolable longing in the human heart for ‘we know not what’.”
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life