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The Art of Love
Wilferd A. Peterson

The spectrum of love merges and focuses all of the arts of living.

Friendship, awareness, happiness, all of the arts of the good life, are brilliant beads strung on the golden cord of love.

Love is the foundation and the apex of the pyramid of our existence.

Love is the "affirmative of affirmatives"; it enlarges the vision, expands the heart.

Love is the dynamic motivation behind every worthy purpose; it is the upward thrust that lifts people to the heights.

Love is the creative fire, the inspiration that keeps the torch of progress aflame.

Love penetrates the mysteries of life.  "Anything," said George Washington Carver, "will give up its secrets if you love it enough."

Love is the dove of peace, the spirit of brotherhood; it is tenderness and compassion, forgiveness and tolerance.

Love is the supreme good; it is the overflowing life, the giving of ourselves to noble ends and causes.

Love is down to earth and it reaches to the highest star; it is the valley of humility and the mountaintop of ecstasy.

Love is the spiritual magnetism that draws people together for the working of miracles.  "Ten people banded together in love," wrote Carlyle, "can do what ten thousand separately would fail in."

Love is the perfect antidote that floods the mind to wash away hatred, jealousy, resentment, anxiety, and fear.

Love alone can release the power of the atom so it will work for people and not against them.

Love, in the words of the master, is the shining commandment:  Love one another.

The art of love is God at work through you.

Read more from Wilferd A. Peterson:
The Art of Creative Thinking.  Wilferd A. Peterson.
A compilation of Peterson's favorite and most requested essays, including several new ones, in one great volume--a reading experience that will lift you up and help you to reflect on the truly important aspects of life and of being ourselves.  His short, to-the-point essays will help you to focus clearly and think in new, creative ways.


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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


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