Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
- Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, "Loving Your Enemies," Strength to Love, 1963
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.
- James Earl Jones
The love that flows through your heart purifies not only your own spirit, but the love you share with others.
- Caroline Myss
You are precious in my eyes. I honor you and love you.
- Isaiah 43:4
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu
In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
- Eva Burrows
Charity, a word that comprises love and justice, may well be the most sublime of all Christian virtues.
- Diana Butler Bass
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
- Galatians 5:22-23a
In the garden of the soul, the virtues of faith, hope, and love form the centerpiece. Traditionally called theological virtues, they come as free gifts from God and draw us to God. We cannot earn these virtues; God has already freely planted them in our soul.
- Bishop Robert F. Morneau (Humility: 31 Reflections on Christian Virtue (1997). St. Mary?s Press: Winona, MN, p. 10)
Love a friend, a wife, whatever you like. Then, you will know there is a God.
- Vincent van Gogh
"You are precious in my eyes. I honor you."
- Isaiah 43:4
"All that happens to us works together for our good as we love God and respond to God's call and purpose."
- Romans 8:28
"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking."
- Samuel Johnson
"You are a glorious crown of beauty in the hand of God, a royal diadem held lovingly, for our God rejoices in you."
- Isaiah 62:3-4
"Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love."
- Barbra Jordan
"Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is at the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Without love what do we live for?"
"Even if the mountains should leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love will never leave you."
- Isaiah 54:10
"Do not be afraid; I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine."
- Isaiah 43:1
"Work is love made visible."
- Kahlil Gibran
"In your faithful love you lead me whom you have saved; by your strength you guide me to your dwelling place."
- Exodus 15:13
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
- Corinthians 13:13
"And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make..."
- John Lennon & Paul McCartney
"...honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself."
- Matthew 19:19
"A good hear - is the sun... for it shines bright and never changes..."
- William Shakespeare
"I love you, O LORD, my strength."
- Psalm 18:1
"There is only one desire: to find the promised land and the freedom of a pure love that is without concern for anything else but love."
- Thomas Merton
"Love and do what you will."
- Saint Augustine
"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."
- St. Teresa of Avila