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Robert HeinleinLove is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

 - Robert A. Heinlein

Marilyn MonroeThe real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

 - Marilyn Monroe

BuddhaYou yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

 - Gautama Buddha

Marilyn MonroeThe truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them and fooling them.

 - Marilyn Monroe

Amelia EarhartThe more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.

 - Amelia Earhart

Mother TeresaIf you judge people, you have no time to love them.

 - Mother Teresa

Mother TeresaEvery time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

 - Mother Teresa

Mother TeresaWhat can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

 - Mother Teresa

William ShakespeareLove me or hate me, both are in my favor . . . If you love me, I'll always be in your heart . . . If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind.

 - William Shakespeare

Charles DickensWhat greater gift than the love of a cat.

 - Charles Dickens

Orson Scott CardLove is finding that the things you like best about yourself are not in you at all, but in the person who completes you.

 - Orson Scott Card

Oscar WildeNever love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

 - Oscar Wilde

Oscar WildeYou don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

 - Oscar Wilde

Martin Luther KingDarkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

 - Martin Luther King

BuddhaIn the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?

 - Gautama Buddha

Agatha ChristieIt is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

 - Agatha Christie

Aphra BehnAs love is the most noble and divine passion of the soul, so is it that to which we may justly attribute all the real satisfactions of life, and without it, man is unfinished, and unhappy.

 - Aphra Behn

Alan Alexander MilneSometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.

 - Alan Alexander Milne

Pearl BuckA good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

 - Pearl S. Buck

Maya AngelouIf you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.

 - Maya Angelou

Lao TzuKindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

Laura Ingalls WilderAs you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.

 - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Joseph AddisonCertain it is that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as that of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.

 - Joseph Addison

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

 - Washington Irving

Banana YpshimotoLove is the kind of thing that's already happening by the time you notice it, that's how it works, and no matter how old you get, that doesn't change. Except that you can break it up into two entirely distinct types -- love where there's an end in sight and love where there isn't.

 - Banana Yoshimoto

Madeleine L'EngleIf we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.

 - Madeleine L'Engle

Gilda RadnerI think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.

 - Gilda Radner

The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.

 - Hamilton Wright Mabie

OshoFriendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.

 - Osho

OshoFalling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love - now you are love.

 - Osho

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don‘t come home at night.

 - Margaret Mead

Arthur SchopenhauerFaith is like love, it cannot be forced. Therefore it is a dangerous operation if an attempt be made to introduce or bind it by state regulations; for, as the attempt to force love begets hatred, so also to compel religious belief produces rank unbelief.

 - Arthur Schopenhauer

Bertrand RussellTo fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.

 - Bertrand Russell

Bertrand RussellThree passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

 - Bertrand Russell

Bertrand RussellOf all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness

 - Bertrand Russell

Miguel de CervantesAll kinds of beauty do not inspire love: there is a kind of it which pleases only the sight, but does not captivate the affections.

 - Miguel de Cervantes

Maya AngelouThe sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

 - Maya Angelou

Elbert HubbardI believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love...I believe in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.

 - Elbert Hubbard

Vince LombardiI don't necessarily have to like my players and associates, but as the leader I must love them. Love is loyalty, love is teamwork, love respects the dignity of the individual. This is the strength of any organization.

 - Vince Lombardi

Fyodor DostoevskyWhat is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Benazir BhuttoI find that whenever I am in power, or my father was in power, somehow good things happen. The economy picks up, we have good rains, water comes, people have crops. I think the reason this happens is that we want to give love and we receive love.

 - Benazir Bhutto

Carl JungWhere love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

 - Carl Jung

William ShakespeareNo sooner met, but they looked; no sooner looked, but they loved; no sooner loved, but they sighed; no sooner sighed, but they asked one another the reason.

 - William Shakespeare

In the opinion of the world marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy. The truth is precisely the reverse. It begins all.

 - Sophie Swetchine

Vincent van GoghIt is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

 - Vincent van Gogh

Fred RogersLove isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

 - Fred Rogers

Khalil GibranEver has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

 - Khalil Gibran

David HumeJealousy is a painful passion; yet without some share of it, the agreeable affection of love has difficulty to subsist in its full force and violence.

 - David Hume

Horace Happy and thrice happy are they who enjoy an uninterrupted union, and whose love, unbroken by any complaints, shall not dissolve until the last day.

 - Horace

Michel de MontaigneCourtesy, like grace and beauty, that which begets liking and inclination to love one another at the first sight, and in the very beginning of our acquaintance and familiarity; and, consequently, that which first opens the door for us to better ourselves by the example of others, if there be anything in the society worth notice.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneIf love and ambition should be in equal balance, and come to jostle with equal force, I make no doubt but that the last would win the prize.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneLovers are angry, reconciled, entreat, thank, appoint, and finally speak all things, by their eyes.

 - Michel de Montaigne

It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of one self) - to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors.

 - Enid Bagnold

James BaldwinIf the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.

 - James Baldwin

John KeatsI have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.

 - John Keats

Stephen HawkingOne, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.

 - Stephen Hawking

I said...how, and why, young children, were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning.

 - Roger Ascham

Agatha ChristieA mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.

 - Agatha Christie

Christopher HitchensTo be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase 'terrible beauty.' Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: It's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else's body.

 - Christopher Hitchens

Dwight EisenhowerTo all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

 - Dwight Eisenhower

Richard DawkinsMuch as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense.

 - Richard Dawkins

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage the little things are the big things...

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

 - Wilferd Peterson

J.R.R. TolkienThe world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.

 - J.R.R. Tolkien

Mencius What people are able to do without having learned it is an expression of original, good ability. What they know without having to think about it is an expression of original, good knowledge. There are no young children who do not know enough to love their parents, and there are none who, as they grow older, do not know enough to respect their older brothers. To be affectionate toward those close to one -- this is humaneness. To have respect for elders -- this is rightness. All that remains is to extend these to the entire world.

 - Mencius


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