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)