For centuries poets, philosophers,
theologians, artists, and mystics have done their best to
define the elusive and ineffable qualities of love. In fact,
love exists on many levels from the lowest lust and obsession
to caring and romance, to forgiveness, compassion even
Most interesting is the nature of Love as Consciousness
the mysterious, magnetic nature of Love that allows the One
Life to manifest in so many diverse and antagonistic physical
forms without being diminished in any way. As author Anne
Morrow Lindbergh has written, "Only love can be divided
endlessly and still not diminish."
Love is everywhere, ever-present. Love is caring, kindness,
affection, tolerance, patience, generosity, forgiveness, and
Love promotes peace, growth, healing, humor, harmony, transmutation,
refinement (redemption), unfoldment, evolution, and at-one-ment
that is, unity with all diverse things.
few more quotable quotations about Love:
That Love is all there is,
Is all we know of Love.
Love is the Divine Homesickness.
Love is the longing of the part to be whole.
task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against
|Love your enemies,
Bless those who curse you,
Do good to those you hate you, and
Pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you
That you may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven
|God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God, and
God abides in him
1 John 4:16
|Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because
I am loved."
Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because
Immature love says: "I love you because I need you."
Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."
Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and
to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or
repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body's
deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are
able to go beyond the body's superficial desires for love,
you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration
does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together
in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world
will know peace.
|Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
|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
|Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person
is essential to your own.
|We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating
the perfect love.
|If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many
things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there
is, it's not enough.
Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally
a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment,
or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective,
a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation
with one's friends and enemies.
Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. To
make love is to makejustice. As advocates and activists for
justice know, loving involves struggle, resistance, risk.
People working today on behalf of women, blacks, lesbians
and gay men, the aging, the poor in this country and elsewhere
know that making justice is not a warm, fuzzy experience.
I think also that sexual lovers and good friends know that
the most compelling relationships demand hard work, patience,
and a willingness to endure tensions and anxiety in creating
mutually empowering bonds. For this reason loving involves
commitment. We are not automatic lovers of self, others, world,
or God. Love does not just happen. We are not love machines,
puppets on the strings of a deity called "love."
Love is a choice — not simply, or necessarily, a rational
choice — but rather a willingness to be present to others
without pretense or guile. Love is a conversion to humanity
- a willingness to participate with others in the healing
of a broken world and broken lives. Love is the choice to
experience life as a member of the human family, a partner
in the dance of life, rather than as an alien in the world
or as a deity above the world, aloof and apart from human
And from I Corinthians 13:1-13 —
- If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have
not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
- And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove
mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
- If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to
be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
- Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
- it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its
own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
- it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things.
- Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away;
as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will
- For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
- but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
- When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like
a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I
gave up childish ways.
- For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even
as I have been fully understood.
- So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest
of these is love.