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Quotes for
the Journey:


Not where I breathe,
but where I love, I live.

Robert Southwell


How terrible when people are led to believe, or left to believe, that once they are in love they have nothing to do but live happily ever after, they have nothing further to learn.        -Gerald Vann


You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon.  The 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

Agape means love for another self not because of any lovable qualities which 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.        -Obert C. Tanner

Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved."
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."      -Erich Fromm

Love is everything.        -Jane Siberry
You must act in your friends' interests whether it pleases them or not; the object of love is to serve, not to win.         -Woodrow Wilson
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.         -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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 love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything.  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 Keller
When you 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 away--there's more.   That works with love, too.       -anonymous
Love for the joy of loving, and not for the offerings of someone else's heart.        -Marlene Dietrich
Surely it is not true blessedness to be free from sorrow while there is sorrow and sin in the worlds; sorrow is then a part of love, and love does not seek to throw it off.       -George Eliot

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.


Love for God is the farthest reach of all stations, the sun of the highest degrees, and there is no station after that of love, except its fruit and its consequences.       -Al-Ghazzali

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.      -Victor  Hugo
Though I speak with the tongues of people and of angels, but have not love, 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 not love, 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 envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does 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 things, hopes all things, endures all things.
     Love never fails.        -The Apostle Paul     I Corinthians 13, 1-8
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.       -Julia Cameron


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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 person to be profoundly loving, even in his or her imagination.       -Arthur Helps
Love is the only service that power cannot command and money cannot buy.       -Anon

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Hyla Brook

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.

Robert Frost

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 they give up their secrets also--if you love them enough.       -George Washington Carver
True love's 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.

Walter Scott
We came here because the earth is abundant and alive--a rich, rich field of lessons for us to learn.  The lessons are not comfortable, 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, to discover that love is a living force--real, broad, encompassing.  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
Everything we love, no doubt, will pass away, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps thousands of years later.  Neither it nor our love for it is any the less valuable for that reason.       -John Passmore
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.       -Percy Bysshe Shelley
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
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.

William Shakespeare
Things are beautiful if you love them.       -Jean Anouilh
Just as energy begets energy, so, I have discovered, love begets love.       -Tom Sullivan

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, taking.

In his 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 happened?"

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. . . .

tom walsh

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