Love: Not Just Something We Feel

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Reading quotes about love can validate our own thoughts and feelings about it, challenge our personal sentiments or broaden our perspective.

The following quotes were chosen because they each offer a slice of love that balances the romantic, often sugary expectations of love associated with Valentine’s Day.

It’s Not Only Something We Feel

“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” ~ David Wilkerson

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” ~ Helen Keller

“The first duty of love is to listen.” ~Paul Tillich

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”
~ Ann Landers

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” ~ John Lennon

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ~ Thomas Merton

“People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.” ~ Ken Kesey

“Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.” ~ Ellen G. White

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” ~ Yogi Berra

“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” ~ Albert Ellis

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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