On topics: Love and marriage.
|Anon: "Amor gignit amorem" translated as: "Love begats love."|
||Anon: "The holiest of all spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love."|
||Anon: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the
world will know peace." Spotted on a bumper sticker in Syracuse, NY.|
|Anon: "Whenever a person begins to love their ideology more than
they love people, things get ugly."|
||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.|
|St. 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|
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.
|H. Jackson Brown Jr. "Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something..."|
||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!"|
|Joan Crawford: "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to
warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell."|
|Frances David: "In order to love alike, we need not think
|Erich Fromm: "Immature love says: 'I love you because I
need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you"."|
|Robert 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."|
||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.|
|Kahlil 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 otherís 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." |
||Vincent 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."
||Hafiz, (c. 1320 to 1389) a Sufi poet from Persia: "I 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.
||Heinrich 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."
||L. 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."
||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 its opposite."
||Thomas Merton: "Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy."
||St. 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 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.
||Rainer 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."
||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.
||Mother Theresa: "We cannot do great things in this world. We can
only do small things with great love."
||Lao Tzu: "To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being
loved by someone deeply gives you courage."
||Oscar Wilde: "Who, being loved, is poor?"
||From 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."
||"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."
|An 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."|
|Pat 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."|
||See also: Quotations on same-sex marriages|
- "St. Augustine's Letter 211," translated in J.-P. Migne (ed.) "Patrologiae
Latinae" Volume 33, (1845).
- David R.W. Wadsworth, "Love the sinner but not the sin" at:
- Comment posted to CarpetBagger Report about comments by Kathleen
Harris. More info.
- Taken from an interview with the Council for Secular Humanism in 2004. See: http://www.secularhumanism.org
- Robert Anton Wilson, "Natural Law, or Don’t Put a Rubber on Your Willy, The Anarchist Library, 1986, at: "http://theanarchistlibrary.org/
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