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The salvation of
through love and in love.
is never abstract. It does
not adhere to the
universe or the planet
or the nation or the institution
or the profession, but to the singular
the street, the lilies of the field, “to the least of these
brethren.” Love is not,
by its own desire, heroic. It is heroic only when
compelled to be.
by its willingness to be anonymous, humble,
think love is an emotion.
Love is good sense.
matters in everything, love included. Learning to love is
means being 100 percent responsible for your
experience of living,
to not be a victim or a martyr,
and to be 100 percent accountable for the
of your life, which includes the amount of love, joy,
and growth you
create in your relationships each day. To love is the
ability to remain strong, stable, and
committed through difficult
times, changes, and
challenges. It means being gentle, kind, and
supportive of your potential, goals, and aspirations.
Love has nothing to do
with what you are expecting
to get--only what
you are expecting to give--which is
everything. What you will receive
in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give.
You give because you love and cannot help giving. If you are very lucky,
you may be loved back. That is delicious, but it does not necessarily happen.
beats love. Love is the greatest healing power
nothing else comes close. Not ancient cures,
and technologies, or all the interesting
books we read or the wise
things we say and think. Love has a transformational power.
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doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to
bread; remade all the time, made new.
days we may not get up with love in our hearts for our
our friends, our co-workers. We may, in fact, want them
their love for us first. But if we reach out, give love
focus on another's needs, love will return
tenfold. And the act of
loving them will lift our own spirits.
We will know love; we will feel
love for ourselves and
the many persons close to us.
is especially appropriate to say that the greatest
command, the most condensed philosophy, the wisest
success-achieving advice ever given was given by
a man who was crucified. He summed it all up when
he said, "Love one another."
One does not really need
to fight for success. One can
love one's way to success.
loving others, we get to
pass on lessons in this
schoolhouse of life.
Loving others is the virtue
that is so hard to embody
yet crucial for advancing in
our spirituality. In loving others,
we elevate others
as well as ourselves and
grow closer to our Higher Power.
We experience consciously
mysterious, mystical, joyful essence
that is life and God. We rise
and transcend our false
barriers to enjoy the Oneness that,
even if long forgotten,
we still crave deep down
in our cores.
|Once you have found yourself
and accepted your aloneness,
then the greatest blessing is to share
the love that arises within you.
Each new moment presents
the richest opportunity to be loving.
And you can share love
in the simplest of ways.
Be soft and gentle.
Be caring and kind.
Be loving in an ordinary way,
without any sense
of wanting anything back,
Life offers you
the most precious gift.
The gift of allowing you
to be present and share love.
of love is variable. I am able to love without demanding
that my relationships assume the structures and forms I might choose
for them. My love is fluid, flexible, committed, creative. My
allows people and events to unfold as they need. My love is not
It does not dictate or demand. My love allows
I love the freedom to assume the forms most true to them.
I release all those I love from my preconceptions of their path.
I allow them the dignity of self-definition while I offer them
a constant love that is ever variable in shape.
love we give away
is the only love we keep.
Love sought is good, but given
unsought is better.
can that endure which has not its foundation upon love,
For love alone diminishes not, but shines with its own light;
Makes an end of discord, softens the fires of hate, restores
peace in the world, and brings together the sundered,
Redresses wrong, and all and injures none;
And who so invokes its aid will have no fear of future ill,
But shall find safety and have everlasting peace.
unidentified early Christian manuscript
If our heart goes out in love to all with whom we come in contact,
we inspire love and the same ennobling and warming influences of
love always return to us from those in whom we inspire them. There
is a deep scientific principle underlying the precept — If you would
have all the world love you, you must first love all the world.
Ralph Waldo Trine
"Thought I Met on the Highway"
religion commands universal charity, to love
our neighbors as ourselves,
to forgive and pray
for all our enemies without any reserve; it is because
all degrees of love are degrees of happiness, that
strengthen and support
the Divine life of the soul,
and are as necessary to its health and happiness,
as proper food is necessary to the health
and happiness of the body.
|All the old traditions tell
us that there is more than one path to the great
Goal.. . . The shortest
and easiest pathway of all is the pathway of Love.
It is the one pathway that is open to all, irrespective of what
conditions or circumstances may be.
For every person, everywhere, true
attainment awaits through the
yoga of Love, for yoga means union
and it is our union with God that makes
the attainment possible.
is when I am concerned with your relationship
with your own
life, rather than with your relationship
to mine. . . . There must be a
commitment to each
Most people who say they
a commitment don’t; they have an attachment. Commitment
means, “I am going to stick with you
and support your experience
of well-being.” Attachment means, “I am stuck without you.”
come to the last moment of this lifetime,
and we look back across it, the only thing that's
going to matter is "What was the quality of our love?"
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Instead of allowing yourself to be so unhappy,
just let your life
grow as God wants it to grow;
seek goodness in others, love
more persons more;
love them more impersonally, more
without thought of return. The
will take care of itself.
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|Loving and being loved
is the greatest of human joys, the ultimate
human experience. We can exist without love; but we are not
living fully as human beings without it.
Edward E. Ford
we really love others, we accept them as they are. We make
our love visible through little acts of kindness, shared activities, words
of praise and thanks, and our willingness to get along with them.
Edward E. Ford
Where there is great love, there
are always wishes.
greatest truth I know about life is that love is the answer.
If you ask me what the question is, I will tell you it is every
question you could ever ask. Love is always the answer to
every question and problem. We are here to love and be loved
and learn a few things in the process.
I can never be wrong when I choose to love.
Love rewards me by bringing meaning to my life. I know when
I choose to love I will always be in the right place at the right
time. It provides my life with the order and harmony that
bring me peace.
All I ask of life is to be given the chance to love,
and I pray that I will be able to do that, despite my
imperfections. My days are devoted to acting as if I am the
lover I want to be, and I know someday I will become who I hope to
be. Until that day, those around me remain grateful for my
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|Love is a force more
formidable than any other. It is invisible--it cannot
be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a
moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Barbara de Angelis
From the moment we walk out the
door until we come back home
our sensibilities are so assaulted by the world that we have to soak
up as much love as we can get, simply to arm ourselves.
truth is that there is only one terminal dignity--love. And the
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.
knew the depth where no hope was and
darkness lay on
the face of all things. Then love came
and set my soul free. Once
I fretted and beat myself
against the wall that shut me in. My life was
a past or future, and death a consummation devoutly to be
wished. But a little word from the fingers of
another fell into my
hands that clutched at emptiness,
and my heart leaped up with the
rapture of living. I do not know the meaning of the darkness,
but I have learned the overcoming of it.
love has no conditions or boundaries. Love does not restrain
or hold back. Love gives all the time and doesn't ask for anything
Love is a continuous flow without any limits. And all of this is
The highest form of
love [is] love that allows for intimacy
without the annihilation of difference.
Evelyn Fox Keller
(writing about Barbara McClintock)
|When we love,
we always strive to become better than we are.
When we strive to become better than we are,
everything around us becomes better too.
drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.
A Testament of Hope
You don't love someone because
you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.
My Sister's Keeper
|Loving consciously does not mean
subjecting your relationship
to endless analysis. It means something much simpler: paying
attention. Noticing. This requires presence.
The ultimate lesson
all of us have to learn is unconditional love,
which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
cure for all ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the
crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word "love." It is the
divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. To each
and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles if we
Lydia Maria Child
|God looks at
the world through the eyes of love. If we, therefore, as
human beings made in the image of God, also want to see reality
rationally, that is, as it truly is, then we, too, must learn
to look at what we see with love.
Love is the vital essence that
pervades and permeates from the center to
the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action.
is the talisman of human weal and woe--the open sesame to every soul.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
times have you spoken the words, "I love you," and
really felt the reverence those sacred words deserve? How wide
is the path of love you tread? Can it encompass all those around
you? How aware are you of the love returning from others that
may be prompted by the love you are giving? Pour out love in
thought, in word, and in action. Try to think love, speak love,
feel love, and become immersed in it, until all else in your life
and world is absorbed and melted into giving love.
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