Whenever I hear the word love, I am reminded of my husband. I am an incurable romantic, and honestly, I wouldn’t like it any other way. But he was a scientist, and grew up in a totally different world than me. If I ever brought up the subject of love, he would quote Burt Lancaster from his favorite movie, an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ book, “Elmer Gantry”.
“Love is the morning and the evening star” he would say, looking upward, which just made me laugh. I don’t know what SL meant by that statement. My husband would never talk seriously about love or romance. He always made me laugh which irritated the heck out of me. Of course that’s also one of the reasons I loved him for 47 years.
According to the Sinclair Lewis Society:
“Although almost all of his (Elmer Gantry) sermons seem to be variations on “love is the morning and the evening star” (a phrase he “borrows” from the noted atheist Robert Ingersoll), he is able to be successful because he tells people what they want to hear, even though he does not believe it himself.”
The actual quote of Robert Ingersoll:
“Love is the only bow on Life’s dark cloud. It is the morning and the evening star. It shines upon the babe, and sheds its radiance on the quiet tomb. It is the mother of art, inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher.
It is the air and light of every heart – builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth. It was the first to dream of immortality. It fills the world with melody – for music is the voice of love.
Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to Joy, and makes royal kings and queens of common clay. It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven, and we are gods.”