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A mind that has come to the stillness of wisdom shall know being, shall know what it is to love. Love is neither personal nor impersonal. Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity; it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.

– Aldous Huxley

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This morning, as I kindle the fire on my hearth,
I pray that the flame of God’s love may burn in
my heart and in the hearts of all I meet today.

I pray that no envy or malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.

I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the fire.

Instead, may the spark of God’s love
light the love in my heart,
that it may burn brightly through the day.

And may I warm those who are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of God’s love.

– From the Gaelic tradition

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My heart has become capable of every form:
It is a pasture for gazelles
And a monastery for Christian monks,
And the pilgrim’s Ka’ba,
And the tablets of the Torah,
And the book of the Koran.

I follow the religion of Love:
Whatever way love’s camel takes,
That is my religion, my faith.

– Ibn Arabi

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Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing more courageous, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller nor better in heaven and earth; because love is born of God, and cannot rest but in God, above all created things.

– Thomas A Kempis

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Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

– Aristotle

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I, God, am in your midst.
Whoever knows me can never fall.
Not in the heights,
nor in the depths,
nor in the breadths.
For I am love, which the vast expanses of evil can never still.

– Hildegard of Bingen

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Love is difficult, because loving is not enough:
We must, like God, ourselves be Love.

Angelus Silesius

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Learning to see love and to express that love is the purpose of living this life. What’s real has love at its heart; the universe is constructed from love, and that love is very much tied to our power of attention and imagination.

Fred Alan Wolf

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If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.
If you want to see the brave, look for those who can forgive.

From the Bhagavad Gita