"When one has once fully entered the realm of Love, the world--no matter how imperfect--becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for Love."
Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (1847)
"The most beautiful sight this earth affords is a man or woman so filled with love that duty is only a name, and its performance the natural outflow and expression of the love which has become the central principle of their life."
Josiah Gilbert Holland, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), pg 394
"Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things."
Thomas A Kempis, German monk & mystic, The Imitation of Christ, pt 3, ch 6 (1471)
"They do not love that do not show their love."
William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act I, Scene 1
"Love comforted like sunshine after rain."
William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
"An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge."
John Wesley, The Works of Rev John Wesley (1830)
----and last, but certainly not least, these verses found in the Holy Bible
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 KJV
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever”
I Corinthians 13: 4-8a KJV
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