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I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our country because such affections come naturally to us and are good in themselves, although we may corrupt them. We are commanded to love our neighbor because our natural attitude toward the other is one of either indifference or hostility.
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
By starving emotions we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.
The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it --because it is a fact.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
Their sighing , canting , grace-proud faces, their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces.
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.
Grace means the free, unmerited, unexpected love of God, and all the benefits, delights, and comforts which flow from it. It means that while we were sinners and enemies we have been treated as sons and heirs.
We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.
Always accept good fortune with grace and humility.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
The one who loves least controls the relationship.
Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.
It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal.
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.
If your self-worth is based on anything other than your relationship with Christ, you are in big trouble.
A happy marriage perhaps represents the ideal of human relationship -- a setting in which each partner, while acknowledging the need of the other, feels free to be what he or she by nature is: a relationship in which instinct as well as intellect can find expression; in which giving and taking are equal; in which each accepts the other, and I confronts Thou.
When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
Memoirs are the backstairs of history.
The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.
More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.
A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.
There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief --a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you.
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.
The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -- an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.
More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. -
We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.
Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it.
The greatest need of every human being is the need for appreciation.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.
The best mirror is an old friend.
Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.
The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive -- you are leaking.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it is etched.
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.
What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of the force of habit and must understand that practices are what create habits. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
History tells us more than we want to know about what is wrong with man, and we can hardly turn a page in the daily press without learning the specific time, place, and name of evil. But perhaps the most pervasive evil of all rarely appears in the news. This evil, the waste of human potential, is particularly painful to recognize for it strikes our parents and children, our friends and brothers, ourselves.
One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
The chains of habit are generally too week to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.
First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.
Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being -- not because anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money -- but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.
You'll see it when you believe it.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

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