Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.
– William Shakespeare

We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden.
– Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
– Mark Twain

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.
– Marcel Proust

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
– Elie Wiesel

We need not think alike to love alike.
– Francis David

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is my beloved and this is my friend.
– Song of Solomon

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, ‘What are you going through?’
– Simone Weil

Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.
– Unknown

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
– Lao Tzu

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
– Robert A. Heinlein

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice.

For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously.
– Tenzin Gyatso

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