It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. – Nathaniel Hawthorne   (more) I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up. – Pearl S. Buck But one of the attributes of love, like art, is to bring harmony and order out of chaos, to introduce meaning and affect where before there was none, to give rhythmic variations, highs and lows to a landscape that was previously flat. – Molly Haskell To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Do you love me because I’m beautiful, or am I am beautiful because you love me? – Oscar Hammerstein, II Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. – Ambrose Bierce In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person. – Margaret Anderson Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. – St. Augustine The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment. – James Baldwin   (more) A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. – Ingrid Bergman Whoso loves, believes the impossible. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Love does not die easily. It is a living thing. It thrives in the face of all of life’s hazards, save one — neglect. – James D. Bryden You call it madness, but I call it love. – Don Byas The true beloveds of this world are in their lover’s eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child’s Sunday, lost voices, one’s favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory. – Truman Capote   (more) Love is a choice you make from moment to moment. – Barbara De Angelis You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara De Angelis Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves. – Saint Francis de Sales Earth’s the right place for love. I don’t know where it’s likely to go better. – Robert Frost   (more) Where there is love there is life. – Mohandas K. Gandhi

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