terrible when people are led to believe, or left to believe,
they are in love they have nothing to do but live
happily ever after,
they have nothing further to learn.
must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon.
more things you love, the more you are interested in,
the more you
enjoy, the more you are indignant about--the more
you have left when
anything happens. -Ethel Barrymore
means love for another self not because of any lovable qualities
he or she may possess, but purely and entirely because
it is a self
capable of experiencing happiness and misery
and endowed with the
power to choose between good and evil.
The love of humans is
thus more than a feeling, it is a state of the will.
love follows the principle: "I love because I am
Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved
because I love."
Immature love says: "I love you because I need you."
Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."
does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking
outward in the same direction.
|Love is everything.
must act in your friends' interests whether it pleases
the object of love is to serve, not to win.
|I remember the morning
that I first asked the meaning of the word "love. .
Miss Sullivan put her arm gently round me and
spelled into my hand, "I love Helen."
"What is love?" I asked. . . .
"Love is something like the clouds that were in the
sky before the sun came out," she replied. . . .
"You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel
the rain and know how glad the flowers
and the thirsty
earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch
but you feel the sweetness that it pours
Without love you would not be happy or
want to play."
The beautiful truth burst upon my mind--I felt that these
were invisible lines
stretched between my spirit and the
spirits of others. -Helen
give away some of the light from the candle,
by lighting another
person's candle there isn't less light
because you've given some
That works with love, too. -anonymous
|Love for the joy
of loving, and not
for the offerings of someone else's heart.
the great transformer, turning ambition into aspiration,
into service, greed into gratitude,
getting into giving and demands
into dedication. -anonymous
all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in
Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the
love the plants, love everything. If you love
you will perceive the divine mystery in
things. Once you perceive it,
you will begin to
comprehend it better every day. And you will
come at last
to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
is not true blessedness to be free from sorrow
there is sorrow and sin in the worlds; sorrow is then
part of love, and love does not seek to throw it off.
Never in the world does hatred cease
by hatred; hatred ceases by love.
One word frees us of all the weight
and pain of life: That word is love.
for God is the farthest reach of all stations,
the sun of
the highest degrees, and there is no station
of love, except its fruit and its consequences.
supreme happiness of life is the conviction
that we are
loved; loved for ourselves,
or rather loved in spite of
nothing holier in this life of ours than the first
consciousness of love--
the first fluttering of its silken
wings--the first rising sound and breath of that wind
which is so soon to sweep through the soul, to purify or
I speak with the tongues of people and of angels, but have
I have become sounding brass or a clanging
cymbal. And though I have
the gift of prophecy, and
understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I
have faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have
I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods
to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked,
thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but
rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Apostle Paul I Corinthians 13, 1-8
the world needs now is love, sweet love;
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
commit yourself to
you feel at peace
with yourself because
at harmony with the flow of life.
Viewing life from the highest
you feel confident
and secure. You
no matter how things may
you are loved and
are one with God,
bring your peace with you
you go. You’re not
looking for love,
opportunities to love. -Susan
is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, generous,
patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering,
never seeking her own; for wheresoever people
own, there they fall from love.
-Thomas a Kempis
It is essential that our love be
not possessive. We must at all times give
those we love the freedom to be themselves.
the other as other. It does not
possess and manipulate
another as mine. . . .
To love is to liberate. Love and
must empower those we love to become
best selves, according to
their own lights and visions.
Talk not of wasted affection, affection
never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters,
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall
fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Love is much nicer to
be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a
higher tax bracket,
or a holding pattern over
Philadelphia. -Judith Viorst
love very much is to love inadequately; we love--that is
Love cannot be modified without being nullified.
Love is a short word but it contains everything. Love
means the body,
the soul, the life, the entire being. We
feel love as we feel the warmth of our blood,
love as we breathe the air, we hold it in ourselves as we
hold our thoughts.
Nothing more exists for us. Love is
not a word; it is a wordless state indicated by four
Whoever loves much, does much.
-Thomas a Kempis
The only way to speak
is to speak lovingly. -Henry David Thoreau
word frees us of all the weight
and pain of life: That word is love.
Love is the greatest medicine. I ask to be
healing medicine for others. I ask my heart
to expand its boundaries and to love others as they
wish to be loved. I ask my heart
to expand its boundaries and
open to my being loved as I wish to be loved.
love is concerned, too much is not even enough.
-Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais
Love, like the opening of the heavens to the
saints, shows for a moment,
even to the dullest person, the
possibilities of the human race.
One has faith, hope, and
charity for another being,
perhaps but the creation of the imagination; still it is
a great advance for a
be profoundly loving,
even in his or her imagination. -Arthur Helps
Love is the only service that
cannot command and money cannot buy.
no surprise more
of being loved: it is God's
finger on a human being's
is only the souls that do
that go empty
By June our brook's run out of song and speed.
Sought for much after that, it will be found
Either to have gone groping underground
(And taken with it all the Hyla breed
That shouted in the mist a month ago,
Like ghost of sleigh-bells in a ghost of snow)--
Or flourished and come up in jewel-weed,
Weak foliage that is blown upon and bent
Even against the way its waters went.
Its bed is left a faded paper sheet
Of dead leaves stuck together by the heat--
A brook to none but who remember long.
This as it will be seen is other far
Than with brooks taken otherwhere in song.
We love the things we love for what they are.
Anything will give
up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have
I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the
little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have
found that when I silently commune with people
up their secrets also--if you love them enough.
Do not be afraid of showing your affection.
Be warm and tender,
thoughtful and affectionate.
People are more helped by sympathy,
than by service;
love is more than money, and a kind word
will give more
pleasure than a present. -John Lubbock
The truth is
that there is only one terminal dignity--love. And the
story of a love is not important--what is important is that one is capable
of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are
Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair. . . .
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are
the gift which God has given
To humans alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
It is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart and mind to mind
In body and in soul can bind.
We came here because
the earth is abundant and alive--a rich, rich field
lessons for us to learn. The lessons are not
because if we weren't challenged, it would
mean that we didn't need
to learn these lessons of the
soul: courage, patience, faith, learning to love,
embracing eternal life, and the most magical lesson of
all: It's not what I do,
it's knowing I am. We
are here to learn about love, to let others love us,
discover that love is a living force--real, broad,
I have also learned that universal
love is there for me,
and will be there for me, if I'm
open to it and believe in it. -Melody Beattie
we love, no doubt, will pass away,
perhaps thousands of years later.
Neither it nor our love
for it is any the less valuable for that reason.
You are as prone to love
as the sun is to shine;
it being the most
delightful and natural employment
of the soul of humans. -Thomas
Familiar acts are beautiful
through love. -Percy Bysshe Shelley
Let me not to the marriage of
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
We are shaped and fashioned
we love. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Things are beautiful
if you love them. -Jean Anouilh
Until I truly loved, I was
alone. -Caroline Norton
In wise love each divines the high secret
self of the other,
and, refusing to believe in the mere
daily self, creates a mirror
where the lover or beloved
sees an image to copy in daily life.
-William Butler Yeats
does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent,
protects you from age. -Jeanne
as energy begets energy, so,
I have discovered, love begets
not the length but the quality of life that matters to me.
has always been important to me to write one sentence at a time,
live every day as if it were my last and judge it in those terms,
often badly, not because it lacked grand gesture or grand passion
because it failed in the daily virtues of self-discipline,
and laughter. It is love, very ordinary, human love,
fear, which is the good teacher and the wisest judge.
We must evolve
for all human conflict a method
which rejects revenge, aggression, and
The foundation of such a method is love.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
frees us from all the weight
and pain of life: That word is
|Love is easily one of
God's greatest gifts to us--as Diane Warren says in her
song "You Were Loved": "You'll hold
this world's most priceless thing / The greatest gift
this life can bring / If you can look back and know / You
were loved." But we tend to forget that in order to
be loved, we must love. We must learn to love
unconditionally, and the gift of love includes so many
other elements that it's impossible to list them all: tolerance, forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance, giving,
book The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm calls love an
art, and as with any art, he says that it must be
cultivated, cared for, learned. It doesn't come naturally
to us--we must develop our capacity to love. It's not
that squishy feeling inside that makes us so nervous when
we meet that "special someone"--that feeling
wears off eventually, leaving us wondering "what
How often do we have to
hear wise people tell us that love is more than something
that we "fall" into? Can we read Paul's words
about love in Corinthians (see above) and
actually live out those ideas, making them a part of how
we act and how we treat others? I hope so. I have to
admit, I'm not all that good at it yet, but I'm working
at it. I hope that someday I have some wise words of my
own to add to the subject. . .
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