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You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
—  Buddha
Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts: then it is real and pure.
It is my belief that the only power which can resist the power of fear is the power of love.
—  Alan Paton
Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.
Can we do too much for the Lord? Certainly we all love Him. Therefore, I implore us, keep His commandments and become more like Him. Come unto Christ, eat the bread of life, drink the living water, and feast on His limitless love. He is our Savior, our Master, of whom I bear my humble witness.
When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. When you are Old.
Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love.
On seeing a former lover for the first time in years: I thought I told you to wait in the car.
So deeply is the gardener's instinct implanted in my soul, I really love the tools with which I work; the iron fork, the spade, the hoe, the rake, the trowel, and the watering pot are pleasant objects in my eyes.
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
Mothers, food, love, and career, the four major guilt groups.
It is only those who do not know how to work that do not love it. To those who do, it is better than play.
Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
The Greeks invented the idea of nemesis to show how any single virtue, stubbornly maintained gradually changes into a destructive vice. Our success, our industry, our habit of work have produced our economic nemesis. Work made modern men great, but now threatens to usurp our souls, to inundate the earth in things and trash, to destroy our capacity to love and wonder.
—  Sam Keen
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
—  John Keats
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew into the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
Come my Celia, let us prove, While we can, the sports of love Time will not be ours forever He at length our good will sever. Spend not then his gifts in vain; Suns that set may rise again, But if once we lose this light 'Tis with us perpetual night.
—  Ben Jonson
Love has no other desire but to fulfull itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
A man is already halfway in love with a woman who listens to him.
The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, you will always see the dear face and feel the warm heart union of your eternal love.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
—  Aphra Behn
Charity means love towards the neighbor and compassion, for anyone who loves his neighbor as himself also has as much compassion for him in his suffering as he does for himself in his own.
Find someone to love ... and, oh, someone to love you.
The atonement of Jesus Christ is the supreme act of love, the supreme example of selfless concern for others.
My thoughts go out in gratitude to that loving Father, the Father of us all, who stands with arms out-stretched, cheering us on, asking us to come home to him and to his beloved Son, our Savior.
Knowing that we should love is not enough. But when knowledge is applied through service, love can secure for us the blessings of heaven.
Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world.
Faith is the power. Love is the motive. Obedience is the price. The Spirit is the key. And Christ is the reason.
—  Ed Pinegar
For I am every dead thing In whom love wrought new alchemy For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness He ruined me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.
—  John Donne
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
When the light has sharply faded And you have lost your way Let another's love guide you It can turn blackest night into day.
Affection towards clan-mates, love of children, deference to authority, disinclination to kill those who have reminded us of common humanity, even some respect for property; these features of human life do not, it seems, stem from our intellectual gifts. We share them with our cousins.
Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
Love is a gift of God, and as we obey His laws and genuinely learn to serve others, we develop God's love in our lives.
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone, but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
I have always thought of a dog lover as a dog that was in love with another dog.
MERCY, n. An attribute beloved of detected offenders.
You don't pick who you fall in love with. There are so few people to love. It's hard for one adult to even like another. Almost impossible.
One of my theories is that men love with their eyes; women love with their ears.
We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
A girl must marry for love and keep on marrying until she finds it.
O lovely O most charming pug Thy gracefull air and heavenly mug ... His noses cast is of the roman He is a very pretty weoman I could not get a rhyme for roman And was obliged to call it weoman.
God in his wisdom created these places And made them accessible to those of all races Rare visions of beauty, and fragrant perfume Distributed freely for all to consume. While Enjoying Nature, confessions and pardons Sincerely flow forth, as love grows in God's Gardens
I loved you; even now I may confess, Some embers of my love their fire retain; But do not let it cause you more distress, I do not want to sadden you again. Hopeless and tongue tied, yet I loved you dearly With pangs the jealous and the timid know; So tenderly I loved you, so sincerely, I pray God grant another love you so.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
—  Merle Shan
To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.
One cannot live well, love well or sleep well unless one has dined well.
I think life is really hard sometimes. It's not easy to wake up every day and go through what you go through. But the beautiful moments that you share with people that you love, or even experience alone, are worth all of the pain and sorrow. Those moments should be cherished, and I think that's what music is all about-to remind people of the beautiful moments that are in everybody's life
Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships.
The acid test of our love for God is obedience to His Word.
—  Bob Jones
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The heavens rejoice in motion, why should I Abjure my so much loved variety.
—  John Donne
The only reward for love is the experience of loving.
One can get lost in their garden and the rest of the world ceases to exist, if only for a while. Anger disipates with every shovel of dirt moved, pleasure is found in the simplest forms, excitement is felt as each tiny plant matures and then triumph with the harvest of the first tomato of the season. The love of gardening never goes away. Even if someone is unable to garden themselves, they enjoy the gardens of others.
A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Is it the lumberman, then, who is the friend and lover of the pine, stands nearest to it, and understands its nature best? Is it the tanner who has barked it, or he who has boxed it for turpentine, whom posterity will fable to have been changed into a pine at last? No! no! it is the poet: he it is who makes the truest use of the pine-who does not fondle it with an axe, nor tickle it with a saw, nor stroke it with a plane.
It is the love that we give and the service we render that really is the great payoff.
You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.
Love you know, seeks to make happy rather than to be happy.
If a person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
It is a glorious privilege to live, to know, to act, to listen, to behold, to love. To look up at the blue summer sky;to see the sun sink slowly beyond the line of the horizon; to watch the worlds come twinkling into view, first one by one, and the myriads that no man can count, and lo! the universe is white with them; and you and I are here.
The worst effect of sin is within and is manifest not in poverty, and pain, and bodily defacement, but in the discrowned faculties, the unworthy love, the low ideal, the brutalized and enslaved spirit.
CLEOPATRA: If it be love indeed, tell me how much. ANTONY: There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned. CLEOPATRA: I'll set a bourne how far to be belov'd. ANTONY: Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo; the splendor of fame fades into nothing; but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.
He who loves best his fellow-man Is loving God the holiest way he can.
—  Alice Cary
No man has ever lived that had enough Of children's gratitude or woman's love.
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
Nature is the unseen intelligence that loved us into being.
She didn't mean to be sexy that moment, but even a winter nightgown couldn't hide that lovely outline. When will I outgrow my simple-minded fascination with the form she had happened to choose for her body? Never, I thought
Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.
I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.
Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.
It should be of the pleasure of a poem itself to tell how it can. The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same for love.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
Two lights for guidance. The first, our little glowing atom of community, with all that it signifies. The second, the cold light of the stars, symbol of hypercosmical reality, with its crystal ecstasy. Strange that in this light, in which even the dearest love is frostily assessed, and even possible defeat of our half-waking world is contemplated without remission of praise, the human crisis does not lose but gains significance. Strange, that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animalcules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness.
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove An unrelenting foe to love, And, when we meet a mutual heart, Come in between and bid us part?
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Love is a second life; it grows into the soul, warms every vein, and beats in every pulse.
Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.
People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.
—  Ken Kesey
Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplainable peace.
—  Anne Shaw
If I had as many love affairs as I've been given credit for, I'd be in a jar at the Harvard Medical School.
Whenever we take away the liberties of those whom we hate we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough.
A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune.
There are always some of us, not a few, in every generation, who go over wholly to the green flag. It is such a passionless fealty, so reticent a love, that neither do trumpets sound for it nor quarrels arise from it. Only, you will find that those who have pledged allegiance are happy about it in quiet.
There is a passion of reverence, almost of pity, mingling with the love of an honest man for a pure girl, which makes it the most exquisite, perhaps, of all human sentiments.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Bid me to live, and I will live Thy Protestant to be: Or bid me love, and I will give A loving heart to thee. A heart as soft, a heart as kind, A heart as sound and free, As in the whole world thou canst find, That heart I'll give to thee.
How loved, how honored once, avails thee not, To whom related, or by whom begot A heap of dust alone remains of thee 'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall be!
For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other.
All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
—  Mae West
Four things a man must learn to do If he would make his record true; To think without confusion clearly; To love his fellowmen sincerely; To act from honest motives purely; To trust in God and Heav'n securely.
No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.
For me I feel close to the Savior when I can do in a small way for someone else, what He would do if He were there. In a way, that's what being an instrument in all about ... to make it possible for His love to reach more of His children.
Because of a friend, life is a little stronger, fuller, more gracious thing for the friend's existence, whether he be near or far. If the friend is close at hand, that is best; but if he is far away he still is there to think of, to wonder about, to hear from, to write to, to share life and experience with, to serve, to honor, to admire, to love.
You love me so much, you want to put me in your pocket. And I should die there smothered.
Uplifting traditions ... that promote love for Deity and unity in families and among people are especially important.
Illusion holds power over you when you are not able to remember that you are a powerful spirit that has taken on the physical experience for the purpose of learning. It has power over you when you are compelled by wants and impulses and values of your personality. It holds power over you when you fear and hate and sorrow and fester in anger or strike out in rage. It has NO power over you when you LOVE, when compassion opens your heart to others, when your creativity flows unimpeded joyously into the present moment. In other words, the illusion had no power over a personality that is fully aligned with the soul.
—  Gary Zukav
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.
The sweetest lives are those to duty wed, Whose deeds, both great and small Are close-knot strands of an unbroken thread There love ennobles all. The world may sound no trumpets, ring no bells The book of life the shining record tells. Thy love shall chant its own beatitudes After its own life-workings. A child's kiss Set on thy sighing lips shall make thee glad; A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich; A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong; Thou shalt serve thyself by every sense, Of service which thou renderest.
Keeping the commandments of God is not a difficult burden when we do it out of love of him who has so graciously blessed us.
Sylvia's skin was exquisite, soft and pretty; Leonard loved the way it looked tacked up on his wall.
The saddest thing about ephemerals was that their little lives rarely held time enough for love.
Plant on a whim. Lay the footpath where your heart says it should be. Change things because you feel like it. Garden for the love of it.
Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
We can die by it, if not live by love, And if unfit for tombs and hearse Our legend be, it will be fit for verse; And if no peace of chronicle we prove, We'll build in sonnet pretty rooms; As well a well wrought urne becomes The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs.
—  John Donne
I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.
The world's a stage where God's omnipotence, His justice, knowledge, love, and providence Do act the parts.
And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose is the next best thing.
Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
No, this trick won't work ... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords--philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
The more you love, the more you can love and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Have you seen a room from which faith has gone? ... Like a marriage from which love has gone ... And patience, patience everywhere like a fog.
Some of the greatest love affairs I've known have involved one actor--unassisted.
Rhett: Don't start flirting with me. I'm not one of your plantation beaus. I want more than flirting from you. Scarlett: What do you want? Rhett: I'll tell you, Scarlett O'Hara, if you'll take that Southern-belle simper off your face. Someday, I want you to say to me the words I heard you say to Ashley Wilkes: I love you! Scarlett: That's something you'll never hear from me Captain Butler as long as you live.
It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem
We cannot look upon our lives as dreams of a dreamer who has no awakening in all time. We have a personality to which matter and force are unmeaning unless related to something infinitely personal, whose nature we have discovered, in some measure, in human love, in the greatness of the good, in the martyrdom of heroic souls, in the ineffable beauty of nature, which can never be a mere physical fact nor anything but an expression of personality.
That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
Love is the state in which man sees things Most widely different from what they are.
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive ... and impoverished.
Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us. Love is God.
Youth's the season made for joys, Love is then our duty.
—  John Gay
From the time I was twelve years old until I retired last year at the age of fifty-seven, the Army was my life. I loved commanding soldiers and being around people who had made a serious commitment to serve their country.
Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.
We love peace, but not peace at any price. There is a peace more destructive of the manhood of living man, than war is destructive to his body. Chains are worse than bayonets.
Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other.
The critics who love are the severe ones ... we know our relationship must be based on honesty.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I Did, till we loved? were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the seven sleepers' den?
—  John Donne
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.
As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.
Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen?
How many loved your moments of glad grace And loved your beauty with love false or true But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now.
Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.
God loves us and believes in us and has done and will do anything he can to help us, but he will not impose on our free agency.
We live to love; we meet to part; and part to meet on earth no more.
Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life.
I am filled to overflowing with the love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have for me and you and the whole world. He blesses us daily, as he blessed the little children, with a love that gives me strength to go forth with assurance that he will guide me.
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.
No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.
We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.
If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them unless we were meant to be immortal.
Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
And many a poor man that has roved Loved and thought himself beloved From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.
Give and Take ... For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.
But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight. Only where love and need are one, And the work is play for mortal stakes, Is the deed ever really done For Heaven and the future's sakes.
Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to the struggle toward it.
How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoyed in you! The languid strings do scarcely move! The sound is forced, the notes are few!
It is better to give love. Hatred is a low and degrading motion and is so poisonous that no man is strong enough to use it safely. The hatred we think we are directing against some person or thing or system has a devilish way of turning back upon us. When we seek revenge we administer slow poison to ourselves. When we administer affection it is astonishing what magical results we obtain.
It's not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face it, far more reliable than a man.
Love in France is a comedy; in England a tragedy; in Italy an opera seria; and in Germany a melodrama.
I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.
Lovers should not separate from each other after making love without admiring each other, without being conquered as well as conquering, so that no feeling of satiation or desolation arises nor the horrid feeling of misusing or having been misused.
War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
I knew in my heart that I wanted to know the garden intimately, to know all the flowers in each season, to be there from spring through autumn, digging, pruning, planting, feeding, rejoicing. In short, I had fallen in love.
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!
... every tree near our house had a name of its own and a special identity. This was the beginning of my love for natural things, for earth and sky, for roads and fields and woods, for trees and grass and flowers; a love which has been second only to my sense of enduring kinship with birds and animals, and all inarticulate creatures.
To love is to approach each other center to center.
I am a romantic, but I do put up a barrier around myself, so it is hard for people to get in and to know the real me. I fall in love much too quickly and that results in me getting badly hurt. The problem with love is that you lose control and that is a very vulnerable state to be in. I would love to really have a beautiful relationship with somebody, but it never seems to work out. What I would like most of all is to be in a state of blissful love.
Of what significance is one's existence, one is basically unaware. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life? The bitter and the sweet come from outside. The hard from within, from one's own efforts. For the most part I do what my own nature drives me to do. It is embarrassing to earn such respect and love for it.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.
I argue thee that love is life And life hath immortality.
I love you, Not only for what you are, But for what I am When I am with you, Not only for what You have made of yourself, But for what You are making of me. I love you For the part of me That you bring out; I love you For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart And passing over All the foolish, weak things That you can't help Dimly seeing there, And for drawing out Into the light All the beautiful belongings That no one else had looked Quite far enough to find. I love you because you Are helping me to make Of the lumber of my life Not a tavern But a temple; Out of the works Of my every day Not a reproach But a song.

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