Although the act of nurturing another’s spiritual growth has the effect of nurturing one’s own, a major characteristic of genuine love is that the distinction between oneself and the other is always maintained and preserved. – M. Scott Peck Life is the flower for which love is the honey. – Victor Hugo If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. – Mitsugi Saotome The 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. – Lydia Maria Child The first duty of love is to listen. – Paul Tillich Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. – Washington Irving To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. – George MacDonald Love all, trust a few. – William Shakespeare [W]e all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us. – Margaret Guenther Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble. – Ralph Waldo Emerson I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Tennyson Perhaps; but is it not Tennyson who has said: ”Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have lost at all’? in The Way of All Flesh – Samuel Butler All love that has not friendship for its base, Is like a mansion built upon the sand. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has been taken. If men or women contemplate an escape, they do not collect all their powers for the task. In none of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange such a ‘getaway.’ We cannot love and be limited. – Alfred Adler When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being. – Ernest Becker How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? – Albert Einstein What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. – Pearl Bailey Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:4-8 – Bible The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. – Pearl S. Buck A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’ – Victor Frankl

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