Love Is More Than Just a Feeling
Love is more than just a feeling: it’s a process requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter, loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say, ‘I understand’ than to hear, ‘You’re right.’
– Molleen Matsumura
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
The nice thing about self-love is that it’s hardly ever unrequited.
– Solomon Short
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is like a campfire: It may be sparked quickly, and at first the kindling throws out a lot of heat, but it burns out quickly. For long lasting, steady warmth (with delightful bursts of intense heat from time to time), you must carefully tend the fire.
– Molleen Matsumura
Love as a power can go anywhere. It isn’t sentimental. It doesn’t have to be pretty, yet it doesn’t deny pain.
– Sharon Salzberg
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
– Denis Waitley
Love measures our stature: the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in all the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself.
– William Sloane Coffin
We can only learn to love by loving.
– Iris Murdoch
Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for all life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand, those who believe in love for all creation must realize clearly the difficulties involved in the problem of a boundless ethic and must be resolved not to veil from [humankind] the conflicts which this ethic will involve [us], but allow [us] really to experience them. To think out in every implication the ethic of love for all creation — this is the difficult task which confronts our age.
– Albert Schweitzer
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
– Zora Neale Hurston
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
– Arthur Rubinstein
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell
Resistance to oppression is often based on a love that leads us to value ourselves, and leads us to hope for more than the established cultural system is willing to grant … such love is far more energizing than guilt, duty, or self-sacrifice. Love for others leads us to accept accountability (in contrast to feeling guilt) and motivates our search for ways to end our complicity with structures of oppression. Solidarity does not require self-sacrifice, but an enlargement of the self to include community with others.
– Sharon Welch