Posted by: Ken Homer | April 17, 2008

A Dozen Quotes on Love

“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.


 ~ David Hawkins

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”

~ Mary Oliver, from Blackwater Woods

“Without love intelligence is dangerous; without intelligence love is not enough.”

~ Ashley Montagu

“Love expands intelligence and creativity. Love returns autonomy, and as it returns autonomy, it returns responsibility and the experience of freedom.

I am going to tell you what love is, not as a definition, but as an abstraction of the coherences of our living… Love is the domain of relational behaviors through which another (person, being, or thing) arises as a legitimate other in coexistence with oneself.

The dynamics abstracted above, are how we act, whether or not we reflect on it.

Aggression is that domain of relational behaviors in which another is negated as a legitimate other in coexistence with oneself.”

~ Humberto Maturana

“Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.”

~ Nora Roberts

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

~ H. L. Mencken

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

~ Mother Theresa

“The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.”

~ Elie Wiesel

“We can only learn to love by loving.”

~ Iris Murdoch

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

~ Abraham Lincoln

“What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”

~ Pearl Baily

“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?”

~ Lily Tomlin




  1. I think I like President Lincoln’s observation, although interestingly his is the only one that addresses this topic obliquely…

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