She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a great book, by all accounts, for many reasons. I cannot possibly do it justice by picking out just one quote, one passage. And this particular passage isn’t the most appropriate quote to sum up the book. But it might be one of the best quotations to sum up love.