Quotes for
the Journey:

Love 2

One word frees us from
all the weight and pain of
life:  That word is Love.



It's not the length but the quality of life that matters to me.  It has always been important to me to write one sentence at a time, to 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 but because it failed in the daily virtues of self-discipline, kindness, and laughter.  It is love, very ordinary, human love, and not fear, which is the good teacher and the wisest judge.       -Jane Rule

We must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To love very much is to love inadequately; we love--that is all.  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, we breathe 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 letters.       -Guy de Maupassant
It is essential that our love be liberating, not possessive.  We must at all times give those we love the freedom to be themselves.  Love affirms the other as other.  It does not possess and manipulate another as mine. . . . To love is to liberate.  Love and friendship must empower those we love to become their best selves, according to their own lights and visions.        -John Powell

Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning 
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

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 is the great transformer, turning ambition into aspiration, selfishness into service, greed into gratitude, getting into giving and demands into dedication.        -unattributed
Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it.  Love every leaf, every ray of God's light.  Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, 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.        -Feodor Dostoevsky
What the world needs now is love, sweet love;
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.

Burt Bacharach, Hal David

When you commit yourself to living love, you feel at peace with yourself because you are at harmony with the flow of life.  Viewing life from the highest perspective, you feel confident and secure.  You realize that no matter how things may appear, you are loved and protected.  You know you are one with God, and you bring your peace with you wherever you go.  You’re not looking for love, but for opportunities to love.       -Susan L. Taylor
Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, and never seeking her own; for wheresoever people seek their own, there they fall from love.        -Thomas a Kempis
Whoever loves much, does much.       -Thomas a Kempis
The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.       -Henry David Thoreau
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved:  it is God's finger on a human being's shoulder.       -Charles Morgan
It is only the souls that do not love that go empty in this world.       -Robert Hugh Benson
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.       -Helen Hayes


Don't 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

Billy Joel
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 Traherne
Age does not protect you from love.  But love, to some extent, protects you from age.       -Jeanne Moreau
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
Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.       -Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais
There is 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 destroy.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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