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Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. Taoist T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien (369 B.C.E.)
By love, bitter things are made sweet and copper turns to gold. By love, the sediment becomes clear and torment is removed. By love, the dead are made to live. By love, the sovereign is made a slave. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Ye must love beyond yourselves. So ye must learn to love. Apocalypse (95)
Love thyself last. William Shakespeare (1564)
Love is the one supreme duty and good. That love is wisdom and purity and valour and peace, and its infinite sorrow is infinitely better than the world's richest joy. Thomas Traherne (1637)
Love that springs from aught but you,
love that lives in aught but you,
love that returns not to you, is not love.
Helder Camara (1909)
While reason is still tracking down the secret, you end your quest on the open field of love. Hakim Sanai (1080)
When we have reached love, we have reached God and our journey is at an end. Isaac Of Nineveh
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900)
Divine Love does not derive its power from separation but from union. It is not fullness but emptiness, not Being but the Void. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Without humiliation, Love, when it enters the conditioned world, gets caught into the polarity of love and hate and finishes as its own opposite. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something that you have; love is something that has you. Anthony De Mello (1931)
It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)
Saint Augustine cries, Lord I cannot love you, but come in and love yourself in me. According to Saint Paul, we must put off our own natural form and put on the form of God, and Saint Augustine tells us to discard our own mode of nature; then the divine nature will flow in and be revealed. Saint Augustine says, Those who seek and find, find not. He who seeks and finds not, he alone finds. Saint Paul says, What I was, was not I, it was God in me. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Knowledge puffs up; it is only love that builds up. Corinthians, NT (57)
We can trust the flow of the universe. If these rules of love are true, then they are effective whether we agree with them or not, whether or not we use words to talk about them. The reality of love is something you do for yourself, with or without words, and judge the results from your own experiences. Thaddeus Gdas (1924)
The day will come when, after harnessing space the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)
We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work, but on the love in it. Brother Lawrence (1611)
I love them that love me;
and those that seek me
early shall find me.
Proverbs 8.17 (1011 B.C.E.)
Love is not an art like poetry, possible only to the few endowed for it, it is open and accessible to all. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)
And in eternity no mockery will wound the lover because he was foolish enough to make himself a laughing-stock through hoping everything. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)
So the life of love is hidden; but its secret life is itself in motion and has eternity in it. As the quiet lake, however placidly it lies, is really running water -- for is there not a wellspring at bottom? -- so love, however quiet it is in its concealment, is ever flowing. But the quiet lake can become dry if its source sometime fails; the life of love, on the contrary, has an eternal wellspring. This life is fresh and everlasting; no cold can chill it. It is too fervent for that; and no heat can exhaust it, its coolness is too fresh for that. But it is hidden. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)
Love cannot calculate. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)
I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The way of love is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling, they're given wings.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
"If you persist in trying To attain what is never attained If you persist in making effort To obtain what effort cannot get; If you persist in reasoning About what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed By the very thing you seek. To know when to stop To know when you can get no further By your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Lao Tse
"One of the marvels of the world is the sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in his hand. "- Jalal Al Din Rumi
"I stood in the midst of the world and revealed myself to them in the flesh. I have found them all intoxicated, not one of them was thirsty and my soul grieved for the children of humanity. "- Gospel Of Thomas
"O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you . . . having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? "- New Testament
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Lao Tse
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