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Let no one who loves be called unhappy.
Even love unreturned has its rainbow.

J.M. Barrie


Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.

Emily Hilburn Sell


Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tide and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.  Then, for the second time in the history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


I release any unpleasantness from the past and let it sail away.  I envision it going through the mists of my memories, over the horizon, and out of sight.  Love rushes in to fill any empty places within my heart or mind.  Now I am free to do what is before me and free to do it better than ever before.  I am free to enrich my life and everything concerning me.


The issue is not so much being loved but being loving, which leads to the same wonderful feeling you experience when someone loves you.

Carol Pearson

To love for the sake of being loved is human,
But to love for the sake of loving is angelic.

Alphonse De Lamartine

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great
the mistake.  A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the happiest
and most powerful being in the world.

Emmet Fox


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Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.
As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets.  When you are behaving as if
you loved someone, you will presently come to love him or her.

C.S. Lewis


Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


What a grand thing, to be loved!  What a grander thing still, to love!

Victor Hugo


This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love:
the more they give, the more they possess of that precious nourishing
love from which flowers and children have their strength and which
could help all human beings if they would take it without doubting.

Rainer Maria Rilke

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

Choose to be a love-finder rather than a faultfinder.

Gerald Jampolsky



When we connect with ourselves in love,
we can connect with others and the planet in love.

Rattana Hetzel


Adapt yourself to the life you have been given, and truly
love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.

Marcus Aurelius


You will find, as you look back upon your life, that
the moments when you really lived are the moments
when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

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Some emotions don't make a lot of noise.  It's hard to hear
pride.  Caring is real faint--like a heartbeat.  And pure love--
why, some days it's so quiet, you don't even know it's there.

Erma Bombeck


When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is:
the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful,
the true mixed in with the fašade, and of course, the only
way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.

Fred Rogers
The World According to Mr. Rogers



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The essence of love is kindness.

Robert Louis Stevenson

You must love yourself before you love another.
By accepting yourself and fully being what you
are . . . your simple presence can make others happy.

Jane Roberts

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art.  It is the color of love.

Marc Chagall


With love, even the rocks will open.

Hazrat Inayat Khan


A five-word sentence that could change the world
tomorrow is "What would love do now?"

Neale Donald Walsch


Every day we are offered new means for learning and growing in love.

Leo Buscaglia


Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.

Morrie Schwartz


The one thing we can never get enough of is love.
And the one thing we never give enough of is love.

Henry Miller


In the end these things matter most:  How well did you love?
How fully did you love?  How deeply did you learn to let go?

the Buddha


Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other's faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others.  And it
is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us.  It is love that will
make us want to do great things for each other.  No sacrifice and no suffering
will then seem too much.
Yes, I see only too clearly how bad people are.  I wish I did not see it so.
It is my own sins that give me such clarity.

Dorothy Day
"House of Hospitality"


People talk about love as if it were something you could give, like an armful of flowers.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

From suffering I have learned this:  that whoever is
sore wounded by love will never be made whole unless she
embraces the very same love which wounded her.

Mechtild of Magdeburg


True universality does not consist in knowing much but in loving much.

Jakob Burckhardt



Love has no claims.  Love has no expectations.  Most of us were raised
to become prostitutes.  We have the illusion that with good behavior, good
grades, lots of awards, pretty clothes, nice smiles, we can buy love.  How
many ifs were you raised with?  I love you if you make it through high school.
I love you if you bring good grades home.  Boy, would I love you if I could
say my son is a doctor.  You become a doctor or a lawyer, or what your
parents never were able to become, with the illusion that they will love you
more.  Love can never be bought.  There are people who spend their lives
prostituting themselves, pleasing other people in the hope of getting love.
They will shop the rest of their lives for it and they will never find it.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross


The union of the family lies in love;
and love is the only reconciliation of authority and liberty.

Robert H. Benson

Love is what we were born with.  Fear is what we learned here.

Marianne Williamson

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True love is much more than a feeling, a sensation, much more than
a magical interlude of emotional inebriation that overwhelms us when
the full moon is only a tiny sliver.  Love is a range of behaviors, attitudes,
and abilities whose practice creates and maintains a state that we call
love.  It is a dimension in the form of a relationship that satisfies, vivifies
and heals, but it is also the product of a complex effort.  In truth, love is
"the work of love" that is apparent only when we realize that in addition
to being a gift, it is quite an undertaking.

Daphne Rose Kingma

Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way.
Express your love openly.  Life is nothing but a dream, and if you
create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.

Don Miguel Ruiz


Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they
are worthy.  That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business.
What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render
both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

Thomas Merton

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Love involves a major responsibility.  When I love someone, I accept
this person into the inner circle of my most intimate life.  And I ask him
or her to let me into their own intimate circle.  I must respect, protect,
and support the people I love.  I must respect their individuality and
their needs and I must teach them to respect me.
I must be open to learning how to love others.

Happiness One Day at a Time

Fully to surrender to love can be terrifying.  But it is the price life
asks in exchange for the possibility of ecstasy.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day


The world is nothing but a school of love; our relationships with
our husband or wife, with our children and parents, with our friends
and relatives are the university in which we are meant
to learn what love and devotion truly are.

Swami Muktananda

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin

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

Jeanne Moreau

From the spiritual side:

Do you know what hurts so very much?  It's love.  Love is the strongest
force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain.  There are two
things we can do when this happens.  We can kill that love so that it stops
hurting.  But then of course part of us dies, too.  Or we can ask God to
open up another route for that love to travel.

Corrie ten Boom
The Hiding Place

It is only through love that we can attain to communion
with God.  All living knowledge of God rests upon this
foundation:  that we experience him in our lives as Will-to-love.

Albert Schweitzer

Love is that which is without condition, without limitation, and without need.
Because it is without condition, it requires nothing in order to be expressed.
It asks nothing in return.  It withdraws nothing in retaliation.  Because it is
without limitation, it places no limitation on another.  It knows no ending, but
goes on forever.  It experiences no boundary or barrier.  Because it is without
need, it seeks to take nothing not freely given.  It seeks to hold nothing not
wishing to be held.  It seeks to give nothing not joyously welcomed.  And it is
free.  Love is that which is free, for freedom is the essence
of what God is, and love is God, expressed.

Neale Donald Walsch
Friendship with God


Love requires generosity.  Love requires daring and expansion.  Above
all, love requires a dance of differing distances.  There is both the pas
de deux and the time for solo flight.  The dance of love contains both
turns.  While cherishing our shared time together, I freely release my
beloveds to pursue a separate path if that is their destiny.  Love
connects despite distance.  I hold my beloveds tenderly in my heart,
trusting that the distance that separates us also brings us together,
gifting us with a stronger appreciation of our unique bond.  Freedom
is a requirement of self-love.  I honor my beloveds with the gift of freedom.

Julia Cameron

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Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.



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