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

Sophocles

   

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

      

In the course of that night I suddenly realized that there are many tiny windows between the body and the spirit.  If they're open, emotions flow freely back and forth, but if they're partially closed, not much can filter through.  Only love can fling them open all together, all at once, like a gust of wind.

Susanna Tamaro
  
   
Just as energy begets energy, so, I have discovered, love begets love.

Tom Sullivan

  

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

   
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
    

Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.

Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais

   

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Love is the only service that power
cannot command and money cannot buy.

Anon

   
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

   

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

  

  

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

  

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

    
  

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

  

  

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.

Sir Walter Scott

  
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
  

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

  
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 first Love page) 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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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

  

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

   
  
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

Things are beautiful if you love them.

Jean Anouilh

  

Until I truly loved, I was alone.

Caroline Norton

  

Age does not protect you from love.  But love,
to some extent, protects you from age.

Jeanne Moreau

 

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.

  
 

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

   

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song. . .

unattributed

   







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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
   

The more love we give away, the more we have left.  The laws of love
differ from the laws of arithmetic.  Love hoarded dwindles, but love
given grows.  If we give all our love, we will have more left than they
who save some.  Giving love, not receiving, is important; but when we
give with no thought of receiving, we automatically, and inescapably
receive abundantly.  Heaven is a by-product of love.  When we say,
"I love you," we mean that "a little of God's love flows from me to you."
Thereby, we do not have less, but more.  For in flowing,
the quantity is magnified.

John Marks Templeton
Riches for Mind and Spirit

 

Love isn't a state of perfect caring.  It is an active noun, like struggle.
To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly
the way he or she is, right here and now.

Fred Rogers

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Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather
than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps
the most powerful of all anti-political human forces.

Hannah Arendt
  

When love is out of your life, you're through in a way.  Because while
it is there it's like a motor that's going, you have such vitality to do
things, big things, because love is goosing you all the time.

Fanny Brice

  

When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.

Joyce Brothers

    



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A soul cannot live without loving.  It must have something
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Catherine of Siena
  

A spiritual teacher once asked a class, "What did you come to earth for?"
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The power to love truly and devotedly is the noblest gift
with which a human being can be endowed.

Maria Jane Jewsbury
  

Love is goodness and honor and peace and pure living. . . . It is
the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest.

Henry van Dyke

   

Love is one of the great enlargers of the person because it
requires us to "take in" the stranger and to understand him
or her, and to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as
imagination to make the relationship work.

May Sarton
Journal of a Solitude

  

   

  

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Articles and book excerpts on love:

A Place of Refuge      Rachel Naomi Remen
A Potent Weapon      Bernie Siegel

You're a Beautiful Person      tom walsh

Born with Love      Marianne Williamson

Is Love an Art?      Erich Fromm

Meditation on Love      Thich Nhat Hanh

The (Ig)Noble Flames of Anger      Lucy Lopez

God Loves You      Joe Mazzella

Love, Wealth and Success      Author Unknown

My Favorite Four-Letter Words      Norman Vincent Peale

Ripples of Love      Joe Mazzella

Shaya's Home Run      Paysach Krohn

Sixty Years, Headed to Forever      Staci Stallings

A Story about Ugly      Author Unknown

The Best Gift      Betty Werth
With Love. . . Leo      Leo Buscaglia