Quotes about Love
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Love is friendship that catches fire.
Love comes through relating: that is why we must connect.
(Lama Surya Das, Awakening the Buddhist Heart, p. 5)
Hatred never ceases by hatred
But by love alone is healed.
This is an ancient and eternal law.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart…
Speak and act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable…
Set your heart on doing good.
Do it over and over again,
And you will be filled with joy.
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)
Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.
Hatred is never appeased by hatred; through love alone it ceases. This is an eternal law.
[Hatred confuses the mind by destroying the concentration. No angry person can devote attention fully to a chosen subject because the mind is restless, confused and distracted by other thoughts. This is also true for meditators and that is why metta is especially helpful for clearing the mind of negative thoughts at the start of a meditation session.]
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Understanding is the foundation of love… Love is understanding, and understanding is love.
(Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power)
Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.