Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Love -

If you meet somebody who tells you that he loves you more than anybody in the whole wide world, don't trust him. It means he experiments.

Love means having to say you're sorry every five minutes.

God must love crazy people;
He makes so many of them.

Love is a decision - not an emotion

Never discuss love with a tennis player, it means nothing to them.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back. Don't expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their hearts, but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours.

Love makes a house a home.

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen,- Bobby - age 5

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate, - Nikka - age 6

I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothesand has to go out and buy new ones.- Lauren - age 4

Love is when your husband hands you the remote control when you walk into the room.

The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and to be loved. --Augustine, The Confessions

I asked God to take away my pride and God said, "No."
He said it was not for Him to take it away, but for me to give it up.
I asked God to heal my disease and God said, No."
He said, "Your spirit is whole, your body is only temporary. Through your afflictions you will learn to help others who also suffer."
I asked God to grant me patience and God said, "No."
He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn't granted, it's earned.
I asked God to give me happiness and God said, "No."
He said that He gives blessings, happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me pain and God said, "No."
He said, "Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me."
I asked God to make my spirit grow and God said, "No."
He said that I must grow on my own, but He will prune me to make me fruitful.
I asked God if He loved me and God said, "Yes."
He said, "I gave my only Son who died for you. You will be in heaven someday because you believe."
I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me
and God said,"Ah...Finally you understand!"- (Author Unknown)

The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and to be loved. --Augustine, The Confessions

If they can see you love them, you can say anything to them. Richard Baxter

I had everything, from flights on concord to the best hotels. Everything but love. And I was very lonely. Boris Becker

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
Song of Songs 8:7 , epitaph (engraved on memorial in a Bronx cemetary) for Isidor and Ida Straus who died on the Titanic. Ida (63) twice had the opportunity to take a place on a lifeboat but chose to stay with her husband instead. She insisted that her maid take her place on the lifeboat and handed the young woman her fur coat saying, "I won't need this anymore."

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.-- 1Cor. 13:4-8.

Human love has little regard for truth. It makes the truth relative, since nothing, not even the truth, must come between it and the beloved person. Human love desires the other person, his company, his answering love, but it does not serve him. On the contrary, it continues to desire even when it seems to be serving. There are two marks, both of which are one and the same thing, that manifest the difference between spiritual and human love: Human love cannot tolerate the dissolution of a fellowship that has become false for the sake of genuine fellowship, and human love cannot love an enemy, that is, one who seriously and stubbornly resists it. Both spring from the same source: human love is by its very nature desire - desire for human community. So long as it can satisfy this desire in some way, it will not give it up, even for the sake of truth, even for the sake of genuine love for others. But where it can no longer expect its desire to be fulfilled, there it stops short - namely, in the face of an enemy. There it turns into hatred, contempt, and calumny. Dietrich Bonhoffer from "Life Together"

Know this: though love is weak and hate is strong, Yet hate is short, and love is very long. Kenneth Boulding

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If every wife was happy with a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
Anne Bradstreet "To My Dearest and Loving Husband," 1678

.Christ's love is like his name, and that is Wonderful, Isa. ix. 6; yea, it is so wonderful, that it is supra omnem creaturam, ultra omnem measuram, contra omnem naturam, above all creatures, beyond all measure, contrary to all nature. It is above all creatures, for it is above the angels, and therefore above all others. It is beyond all measure, for time did not begin it, and time shall never end it; place doth not bound it, sin doth not exceed it, no estate, no age, no sex is denied it, tongues cannot express it, understandings cannot conceive it: and it is contrary to all nature; for what nature can love where it is hated? What nature can forgive where it is provoked? What nature can offer reconcilement where it receiveth wrong? What nature can heap up kindness upon contempt, favour upon ingratitude, mercy upon sin? And yet Christ's love hath led him to all this; so that well may we spend all our days in admiring and adoring of this wonderful love, and be always ravished with the thoughts of it. - THOMAS BROOKS

..when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honour a contract. -- Anthony Burgess

We are continually tormented until God delivers us from misery and anguish by the remedy of His own love towards us. - John Calvin

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.
Bussy-Rabutin (Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy; 1618 93)

If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, "You do not understand", or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other's highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love. If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying peace, peace, where there is no peace; if I forget the poignant words, "Let love be without dissimulation" and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love. Amy Carmichael

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.

They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words - "free love" - as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word.
G K Chesterton {The Defendant, NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1902, p. 23}

The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. G. K. Chesterton

Love means to love what is unlovable or it is no love at all. ~G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy. - Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 - 43 BC

All men, even the most surly are influenced by affection ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772-1834)

We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other.-- Luciano de Crescenzo

Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words.--Jerome Cummings

Self love, the all natural opiate.
John Milton aka Satan, in Devil's Advocate 1997

Kevin Lomax: What about love?
John Milton: Over-rated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate.
Devil's Advocate 1997

The biggest disease this day and age is that of people feeling unloved.--Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 &endash; 1997)

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.
Fyodor Dostoyevski (1821-1881)_The Brothers Karamazov_ [1880]

With love one can live even without happiness. --Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
Will Durant, 1975, age 90

And at the end of the world, when the church of Christ shall be settled in its last, and most complete, and its eternal state, and all common gifts, such as convictions and illuminations, and all miraculous gifts, shall be eternally at an end, yet then divine love shall not fail, but shall be brought to its most glorious perfection in every individual member of the ransomed church above. Then, in every heart, that love which now seems as but a spark, shall be kindled to a bright and glowing flame, and every ransomed soul shall be as it were in a blaze of divine and holy love, and shall remain and grow in this glorious perfection and blessedness through all eternity! Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

We are under greater obligations to love a more lovely being than a less lovely; and if a being be infinitely excellent and lovely, our obligations to love him are therein infinitely great.... The unworthiness of sin or opposition to God rises and is great in proportion to the dignity of the object and inferiority of the subject; but on the contrary, the value of respect rises in proportion to the value of the subject… J.EDWARDS

Love is the sum of all virtue, and love disposes us to do good. JONATHAN EDWARDS

The art of love ... is largely the art of persistence.Albert Ellis

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children and children love hamsters. - Alice Thomas Ellis

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men. -- Havelock Ellis

In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
Judy Garland (1922-1969) "The Book of Quotes," by Barbara Rowes, 1979

The poets themselves said, that amor Deum gubernat, that love governed God. And, as Nazianzen well speaks, this love of God, this dulcis tyrannus, &emdash;this sweet tyrant,&emdash;did overcome him when he was upon the cross. There were no cords could have held him to the whipping-post but those of love; no nails have fastened him to the cross but those of love. THOMAS GOODWIN

He that hath love in his breast hath spurs in his side. George Herbert

Love is that liquor sweet and most divine
Which my God feels as blood; but I, as wine.
George Herbert (1593-1633)

Divine love is a sacred flower, which in its early bud is happiness, and in its full bloom is heaven. --Eleanor Louisa Hervey (1811- )

It is easier to love humanity than to love your neighbour. Eric Hoffer

The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart. Josiah G. Holland

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.--Franklin P. Jones

The true healing of the soul is always through the birth of love. Before a soul loves, it lives only to itself; as soon as love is born it lives beyond itself and finds its life in the object of its love. It is Christ who first reveals the full measure of love, who makes us seethe one adequate Object of love, and who forges within our human spirits the invisible bonds of a love that binds us forever to Him who so loved us. Here in Him - "a Man loving all the world, a God dying for mankind" - we see that we are infinitely beloved, that the foundations of an eternal Friendship are laid, that God is infinitely prone to love, and that true love spares nothing for the sake of what it loves - "O miraculous and eternal Godhead suffering on a Cross for me!
Rufus M Jones - Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries

Whoever loves much, does much. ... Thomas ý Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ, I.xv. [1418]

Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair. Kierkegaard

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle again. --Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855

The reigning cliche of the day is that in order to love others one must first learn to love oneself. This formulation -- love thyself, then thy neighbor -- is a license for unremitting self-indulgence, because the quest for self-love is endless. By the time you have finally learned to love yourself, you'll find yourself playing golf at Leisure World. -- Charles Krauthammer in _Time_ magazine, 28 June 1993

Love is a pearl of purest hue,
But stormy waves are round it;
And dearly may a woman rue,
The hour that she found it.
Letitia Landon (1802-1838) In "The Theater in the Fifties," 1953.

Love is a gift. You can't buy it, you can't find it, someone has to give it to you. Learn to be receptive of that gift.-- Kurt Langner

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.... When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased. C.S. Lewis

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.--C S Lewis. The Problem of Pain

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. C.S. Lewis

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.... When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased. - C.S. Lewis , letter: 8 Nov 1952

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. - Clive Staples Lewis, The Four Loves

Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 - 2001

Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other. Walter Lippman (09/23/1889 &endash; 12/14/1974)

One ought to love one's neighbour with a love as chaste as that of a bridegroom for his bride. In this case all faults are concealed and covered over and only the virtues are seen. -- Luther's Tabletalk No. 217

Do you think you love your children better than He who made them? Is not your love what it is because He put it into your heart first? Have you not often been cross with them? Sometimes unjust to them? Whence came the returning love that rose from unknown depths in your being, and swept away the anger and the injustice? You did not create that love. Probably you were not good enough to send for it by prayer. But it came. God sent it. He makes you love your children.George Macdonald (1824-1905)

Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures's will. Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)

True love isn't so much a dreamy feeling that you have as it is an enduring commitment to give sacrificially - even, or perhaps especially, when you don't feel like it. - William R. Mattox, Jr.

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. Mignon McLaughlin

Love, to the inferior man, remains almost wholly a physical matter. The heroine he most admires is the one who offers the grossest sexual provocation; the hero who makes his wife roll her eyes is a perambulating phallus.-- H. L. Mencken

Be strong, live happy, and love, but first of all
Him whom to love is to obey.
John Milton, Paradise Lost Book VIII, 633 - 34

Heav'nly love shall outdoo Hellish hate. John Milton, Paradise Lost [3.298

It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love. --Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673) _Le Misanthrope_ [1666], Act V, Scene iv

]Believe me if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away!
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns to her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!
Thomas Moore: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

O God, don't allow a sinner to do good to me as my mind may wish to love him. -- Mohammed, Hadith

Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible. Stan Mooneyham

There is nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dreams. Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Against persistent love there is nothing that can be done; it blunts all weapons. --Stuart Morris

We take a risk when we open our hearts because, the truth is, if we open our hearts, we will get hurt. You can't open your heart and not have some hurt because you're in a human experience. Even if it's the love of your life and you have many wonderful, deepening, growing, powerful years together, it's a human experience, and that person will pass over. Love takes courage. Be courageous. - Mary Manin Morrissey

Love of the world is egocentric, acquisitive, arrogant, ambitious, and absorbing, and leaves no place for any other kind of affection. Those who love the world serve and worship themselves every moment. It is their full-time job. And from this we see that anyone whose hopes are focused on gaining material pleasure, profit, and privilege is booked for a bereavement experience, since as John says, the world will not last. Life's surest certainty is that one day we will leave worldly pleasure,profit, and privilege behind. The only uncertainty is whether these things will leave us before our time comes to leave them. God's true servants, however, do not face such bereavement. Their love and desire centre on the Father and the Son in a fellowship that already exists and that nothing can ever disrupt. Packer, Hot Tub Religion Pg 85-86

If your driving motive in life is to be liked and loved, you will find it almost impossible to be a Christian. Missionaries are people who have decided that being loved by God is enough . We don't need to be loved by others. It feels good. But it is not essential. Loving, not being loved, is essential. J ohn Piper

Going out to another in love means risk--the risks of self-disclosure, rejection, misunderstanding. It means grief, too, from the temporary separations, psychological or physical, to the final separation of death. Whoever insists on personal security and safety as the nonnegotiable conditions of life will not be willing to pay love's price or find love's enrichments. Whoever shuts himself or herself up in the cocoon of self-protective defenses, keeping others always at a safe distance and holding on tightly to personal possessions and privacy, will find the price of love far too high and will remain forever a prisoner of fear. --John Powell _Unconditional Love_ [1973]

How could that woman love me so much? How could she look at a creature composed of inflammation and charred bone and yet look as though I were the man of her dreams come home? Only God could put it in a woman to love a man the way she did. Through His mercy He placed the knowledge of my true self, the person made in God's image, deep within her heart. --Dave Roever, _Welcome Home, Davey_ [1986] (Written after his wife's visit while hospitalized in an army medical center burn unit recovering from injuries sustained when a phosphorous grenade exploded in his hand while on patrol in Vietnam.)

I think it is possible on earth to build a young, new Jerusalem, a little, new heaven of this surpassing love. God, either send me more of this love, or take me quickly over the water, where I may be filled with his love. SAMUEL RUTHERFORD

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Hamlet Act ii. Sc. 2.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alterations finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempest and is never shaken;
It is the star to very wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
WillIam Shakespeare

One word is too often profaned
For me to profane it;
One feeling too falsely disdain'd
For thee to disdain it.
Percy Shelley

All love is sweet,
Given or returned.
Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

They who inspire it most are fortunate,
As I am now; but those who feel it most
Are happier still.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1792-1822 Prometheus Unbound. Act ii. Sc. 5.

First, he must choose his love, and then he must love his choice. Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated isirresistible.Henry Smith

To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.--- Sydney Smith

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life: that word is love.--- Sophocles

Love is indestructible;
Its holy flame forever burneth;
From heaven it came, to heaven returneth.
Robert Southey (1774-1843)

Go measure the heavens with your span;
go weigh the mountains in the scales;
go take the ocean's water and calculate each drop;
go count the sand upon the sea's wide shore;
and when you have accomplished all of this,
then you can tell how much He loves you!
He has loved you long!
He has loved you well!
He will love you forever!
C H Spurgeon
So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I might almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend. Robert Louis Stevenson

What placed in the Sun: and yet my ware,
A Cloud upon my head? an Hoodwinke blind?
In midst of Love thou layst on me, despair?
And not a blink of Sunshine in my mind?
Shall Christ bestow his lovely Love on his,
And mask his face? allowing not a kiss?
Shall ardent love to Christ enfire the Heart?
Shall hearty love in Christ embrace the Soule?
And shall the Spiritual Eye be wholly dark,
In th'heart of Love, as not beloved, Condole?
In th'midst of Love's bright Sun, and yet not see
A Beam of Love allowed to lighten thee?

Lord! read the Riddle: Shall a gracious heart
The object of thy love be sick of Love?
And beg a kiss under the piercing Smart,
Of want thereof? Lord pity from above.
What wear the Sun, without a ray of light?
In midst of Sunshine, meet a pitchy night?

Thy foes, whose Souls Sins bowling alley's grown
With Cankering Envy rusty made, stand out
Without all Sense of thy Sweet Love ere shown
Is no great wonder. Thou lov'st not this rout.
But wonder't is that such that grudge their hearts
Hold love too little for thee, should thus smart.

Nay, nay, stand Sir: here's wisdom very clear.
None sensibly can have thy love decline:
That never had a drop thereof: nor ere
Did test thereof. This is the right of thine.
Such as enjoy thy Love, may lack the Sense
May have thy love and not loves evidence.
Desires Crave more than thou canst hold by far:
If thou shouldst have but what thou would, if right,
Thy pipkin soon would run ore, break, or jar.
Wisdom allows enough: none t'wast is known.
Because thou hast not all, say not, thou none.

Christ loves to lay thy Love under Constraint.
He therefore lets not's Love her Candle light,
To see her Lovely arms that never faint
Circle thyself about, with great Delight.
The prayers of Love ascend in gracious tune
To him as Music, and as heart perfume.

But listen, Soule, here seest thou not a Cheat.
Earth is not heaven: Faith not Vision. No.
To see the Love of Christ on thee Complete
Would make heavens Rivers of joy, earth overflow.
This is the Vale of tears, not mount of joys.
Some Crystal drops while here may well suffice.

But, oh my Lord! let me lodge in thy Love.
Although thy Love play bow-peep with me here.
Though I be dark: want Spectacles to prove
Thou lovest me: I shall at last see Clear.
And though not now, I then shall sing thy praise.
In that thy love did tend me all my days.
Let Him Kiss Me With the Kiss of His Mouth Meditation 96 by Edward Taylor Cant. 1:2.

What Love is this of thine, that Cannot bee
In thine Infinity, O Lord, Confinde,
Unless it in thy very Person see,
Infinity, and Finity Conjoined?
What hath thy Godhead, as not satisfied
Married our Manhood, making it its Bride?

Oh, Matchless Love! filling Heaven to the brim!
O'er running it: all running o'er beside
This World! Nay Overflowing Hell; wherein
For thine Elect, there rose a mighty Tide!
That there our Veins might through thy Person bleed,
To quench those flames, that else would on us feed.
To fire the same with Love: for Love I would.
But oh! my straightened Breast! my Lifeless Spark!
My Fireless Flame! What Chilly Love, and Cold?
In measure small! In Manner Chilly! See.
Lord blow the Coal: Thy Love Inflame in me.
Meditation 1by Edward Taylor

We can do no great things; only small things with great love. Mother Teresa

We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world. ... Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910-1997)

The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

It is not love we should have painted as blind, but self-love. -- Voltaire

The regard I have always had for you is still great, in not greater than ever; and I trust we shall give this and future ages an example of true Christian love abiding, notwithstanding differences in judgment. - George Whitefireld letter to John Wesley, Whitefield, Works, vol 1, p.438

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being love brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The sense that someone else cares always helps, because it is the sense of love. George E. Woodberry

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