frees us from
all the weight
and pain of
life: That word is
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.
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
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
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
the great transformer, turning ambition into aspiration,
into service, greed into gratitude,
getting into giving and demands
into dedication. -unattributed
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.
the world needs now is love, sweet love;
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
Burt Bacharach, Hal David
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
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
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
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
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
does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent,
protects you from age. -Jeanne
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
Until I truly loved, I was
alone. -Caroline Norton
love is concerned, too much is not even enough.
-Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais
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
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