Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Sir Arthur Pinero For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. – Rainer Maria Rilke The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. – Tom Robbins   (more) Come out of the circle of time And into the circle of love. – Rumi Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be. – Rumi This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. – Rumi When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous — a man who brutalizes people. But you love him or you wouldn’t be here. You’re going to Mississippi to create social change — and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it — at which point they can become human too. – Bayard Rustin Tell me who admires and loves you, And I will tell you who you are. – Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand Love is only half the illusion; the lover, but not his love, is deceived. – George Santayana   (more) Where there is love, there is pain. – Spanish proverb I love thee, I love but thee With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold, And the stars grow old… – Bayard Taylor My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. – William Shakespeare   (more) …love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other. – Han Suyin [Elizabeth Comber]   (more) Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. – Mother Teresa There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of another person. – James Thurber and E.B. White If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? – Lily Tomlin Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don’t stand a chance against it. – Joan D. Vinge   (more) Have you even been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like ‘maybe we should just be friends’ or ‘how very perceptive’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love. – Neil Gaiman

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