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Love: 

bulletAnon: "Amor gignit amorem" translated as: "Love begats love."
 
bullet Anon: "The holiest of all spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love."
 
bullet Anon: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Spotted on a bumper sticker in Syracuse, NY.
 
bulletAnon: "Whenever a person begins to love their ideology more than they love people, things get ugly."
 
bullet Anon: "Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law." From Buddhist writings, Dhammapada 3-5.
 
bulletSt. Augustine: "Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum" Translated as: "With love for mankind and hatred of sins." It is often loosely translated as: "Love the sinner and hate the sin," a saying often incorrectly attributed to Jesus. 1,2
 
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Jennifer Beals: "Love is large; love defies limits. People talk about the sanctity of love -- love is by definition sacred. Not some love between some people, but all love between all people." Speech in 2004 before a LGBT gala.


bulletH. Jackson Brown Jr. "Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something..."
 
bullet George Carin: "Did you ever stop to thnk about all the people we kill? They're always people who tell us to live together in harmony and try to love one another: Jesus, Ghandi, Lincoln, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John Lennon. They all said: 'Try to live together peacefully.' BAM! Right in the f---in head! Aparently we're not ready for that!"

bulletJoan Crawford: "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell."
 
bulletFrances David: "In order to love alike, we need not think alike."
 
bulletErich Fromm: "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you"."
 
bulletRobert Funk: "Love your enemies is probably the most radical thing Jesus ever said. Unless, of course, one considers the parable of the Samaritan. There the admonition is to let your enemies love you." From his book "The Once and future Jesus."
 
bullet Mohandsa Gaandhi: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.
 
bulletKahlil Gibran: "Love one another, but make not a bond of that love. Let it rather be like a moving sea between the shores of your souls. And stand together, and yet not too near together. For even the pillars of the temple must stand apart; and the oak tree and the cypress will not grow in each other’s shadow. Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course."
 
bulletVincent Van Gogh: "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."
 
bullet Hafiz, (c. 1320 to 1389) a Sufi poet from Persia: " have learned so much from God That I can no longer call myself
a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew.
...The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even a pure soul.
Love has befriended Hafiz. It has turned to ash and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known.
 
bulletHeinrich Hein: "I care little in the existence of a heaven or hell; self respect does not allow me to guide my acts with an eye toward heavenly salvation or hellish punishment. I pursue the good in life because it is beautiful and attracts me; and shun the bad because it is ugly and repulsive. All our acts should originate from the spring of unselfish love, whether there be a continuation after death or not."
 
bulletL. Ron Hubbard, founder of Dianetics and the Church of Scientology:  "Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe."
 
bullet Nelson Mandela: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than ts opposite."
 
bulletSt. Paul: Paraphrase of the Christian scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8: "If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing."

"If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love."

"Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always, 'me first,' Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps on going to the end. Love never dies." From "The Message" translation by Eugene Peterson.
 
bulletRainer Maria Rilke: "For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."
 
bullet Bishop Gene Robinson: "When you try to love everyone the way God loves everyone, you’re gonna get in trouble." Spoken to Matt Lauer on NBC’s 'Today' show in response to death threats he has received concerning his visit to the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion because he is gay.
 
bulletMother Theresa: "We cannot do great things in this world. We can only do small things with great love."
 
bulletLao Tzu: "To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage."
 
bulletOscar Wilde: "Who, being loved, is poor?"
 
bulletMarianne Williamson:
bulletFrom A Return to Love: "Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us."
 
bullet"Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle."

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Marriage:

bulletAn Apache Blessing: "Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling, to enter into the days of your life together, and may your days be good and long upon the earth."
 
bulletPat Robertson, The 700 Club, 1992-JAN-8: "I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period."
 
bulletQuotations on same-sex marriages

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Media:

bullet Spike Lee, filmmaker: "As we move toward the millennium, the year 2000, the most powerful nations are not those that have nuclear bombs, but those that control the media. That's where the battle is being fought; that is how you control people's minds." (Part of his address at Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 1996-SEP-4)
 
bulletDorthy Gilliam: "Newsrooms that do not reflect America's diversity do their readers an injustice. they fail to tell the stories of its citizens, they give readers a distorted image of themselves and they grossly twist the reality of minority groups." The Washington Post, 1997-DEC-20.

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Memories:

bulletMark Twain / Samuel Clemens: "It isn't so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so!"
 
bulletGeorge Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (From "Life of Reason" (1905))

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Morality:

bullet Anon: "You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong, thn you lack empathy, not religion."
 
bullet Arthur C. Clarke: "One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all. It's this: "Don't do unto anybody else what you wouldn't like to be done to you." It seems to me that that's all there is to it." 4
 
bulletAlbert Einstein: "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
 
bulletRuth Bell Graham (wife of Billy Graham): "If God doesn't judge America for her immorality, he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."
 
bulletMartin Luther King, Jr: "Why is the church always a taillight rather than a headlight?"
 
bulletReinhold Niebuhr: "Groups tend to be more immoral than individuals."

bulletJean-Paul Sartre: "If God is dead, everything is permitted."
 
bulletEd Stephan "I simply cannot understand the notion that if you're not Christian you can't be moral, let alone that you must be immoral. It's such a juvenile concept; you wonder how the speaker could even form the words." 3
 
bulletOscar Wilde: "The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame."

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References:

  1. "St. Augustine's Letter 211," translated in J.-P. Migne (ed.) "Patrologiae Latinae" Volume 33, (1845).
  2. David R.W. Wadsworth, "Love the sinner but not the sin" at: http://www.voy.com/
  3. Comment posted to CarpetBagger Report about comments by Kathleen Harris. More info.
  4. Taken from an interview with the Council for Secular Humanism in 2004. See: http://www.secularhumanism.org

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