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Does any one concept trump them all?

A bit of dialectical philosophy for you:

Fictional character A: “Would you forgive me for what I did, as you say you would be prepared to forgive him?”
Fictional Character B: “Would you want me to?”
A: “Yes. Yes I want to be forgiven.”
B: “… you’d do it again though wouldn’t you?”
A: “You think that?”
B: “Yes.”
A: “I suppose you’re right. Fine, then this. Would you forgive your teacher his failings?”
B: “Perhaps. He didn’t mean to do what he did.”
A: “Ah! And because I planned, and he blundered, I am more beyond forgiveness than he?”
B: “Yes.”
A: “Then answer me this: would you forgive your best friend or lover if they committed some crime like mine? Or helped someone else commit one?”
B: “Yes I probably would.”
A: “And what’s the difference between your best friend or your lover and I?”
B: “You aren’t them.”
A: “You mean you love them.”
B: “Yes.”
A: “And love is more important than justice.”
B: “Sometimes, yes.”

Do you agree that love is more important than justice? Do you think love should always come above all things? Or would this lead to catastrophic, selfish ends?