The chance to love and be loved exists no matter where you are.
– Oprah Winfrey

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I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love.
– Robert Tizon

And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? I love you — I am at rest with you — I have come home.
– Dorothy Sayers

Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. Hatred which is completely vanquished by love, passes into love; and love is thereupon greater, than if hatred had not preceded it.
– Baruch Spinoza

We are People who need to love, because Love is the soul’s life, Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.
– Hafiz of Persia

All intimacy is rare — that’s what makes it precious. And it involves the revelation of one’s self and the loving gaze upon another’s true self (no makeup, no fancy car, no defensive charm, no seduction) — that’s what makes it so damn hard. Intimacy requires honesty and kindness in almost equal measure (a little more kindness, I think), trust and trustworthiness, forgiveness and the capacity to be forgiven . . . It’s more than worth it — just don’t let them tell you it’s bliss.
– Amy Bloom

In a true partnership, the kind worth striving for, the kind worth insisting on, and even, frankly, worth divorcing over, both people try to give as much or even a little more than they get. ‘Deserves’ is not the point. And ‘owes’ is certainly not the point. The point is to make the other person as happy as we can, because their happiness adds to ours. The point is — in the right hands, everything that you give, you get.
– Amy Bloom

You can’t punish yourself into change. You can’t whip yourself into shape. But you can love yourself into well-being.
– Susan Skye

The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.
– Bell Hooks

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.
– Hafiz of Persia

That’s all nonviolence is — organized love.
– Joan Baez

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