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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We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
– Jonathan Swift

Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done…
– Matthew Arnold

I love humanity but I hate people.
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love — is anterior to Life — Posterior — to Death — Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth —
– Emily Dickinson

Old men are like that, you know. It makes them feel important to think they are in love with somebody.
– Willa Cather

Life is a quest and love a quarrel …
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

Who has not found the heaven below Will fail of it above. God’s residence is next to mine, His furniture is love.
– Emily Dickinson

Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.
– Emma Goldman

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
– Ecclesiastes

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