Loving is like music. Some instruments can go up two octaves, some four, and some all the way from black thunder to sharp lightning. As some of them are susceptible only of melody, so some hearts can sing but one song of love, while others will fun in a full choral harmony.
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas à Kempis, I’mitation of Christ, c.1420
You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
Steven D. Woodhull (U.S. geologist, 1976-)
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière
Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day.
Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956
Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.
Henry David Thoreau
Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!
Allison Gappa Bottke
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
Robert Louis Stevenson
If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.
In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority.
See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.
Pope John XXIII
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations.
A commercial company enslaved a nation comprising two hundred millions. Tell this to a man free from superstition and he will fail to grasp what these words mean. What does it mean that thirty thousand men, not athletes but rather weak and ordinary people, have subdued two hundred million vigorous, clever, capable, and freedom-loving people? Do not the figures make it clear that it is not the English who have enslaved the Indians, but the Indians who have enslaved themselves?
Reason has discovered the struggle for existence and the law that I must throttle all those who hinder the satisfaction of my desires. That is the deduction reason makes. But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.
If every nation is going to be our rival, if every nation is going to dislike and distrust us, and that will be the case, because having trusted us beyond measure the reaction will occur beyond measure (as it stands now they trust us they look to us, they long that we shall undertake anything for their assistance rather than that any other nation should undertake it) – if we say, “No, we are in this world to live by ourselves, and get what we can out of it by any selfish processes,” then the reaction will change the whole heart and attitude of the world toward this great, free, justice-loving people, and after you have changed the attitude of the world, what have you produced? Peace? Why, my fellow citizens, is there any man here or any woman, let me say is there any child here, who does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry? The real reason that the war that we have just finished took place was that Germany was afraid her commercial rivals were going to get the better of her, and’ the reason why some nations went into the war against Germany was that they thought Germany would get the commercial advantage of them. The seed of the jealousy, the seed of the deep-seated hatred was hot, successful commercial and industrial rivalry.
On California’s Proposition 8 (the ballot banning same-sex marriage): We can’t take a step backwards when we’ve already made so many strides forward. I was raised by gay men and women…it’s who I am, you cannot define a family. There are children out there who need these loving homes. These are rights that are fundamental and must be had. And I will fight for however long it takes; I don’t want to live in a world where prop 8 exists!
You can’t define love and you can’t define a family. It comes in so many radical colors. And children need loving homes and people want to adopt who are gay! Why would we ever try to stand in their way? It’s unfathomable.
On gay marriage
She’s gonna listen to her heart.
It’s gonna tell her what to do.
She might need a lot of loving,
But she don’t need you.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Charles R. Swindoll
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw
A man should never neglect his family for business.
A woman can plan when to have her family and how to support a family.
A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure, to provide stability.
A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there’s a secure family atmosphere.
All of us grow up in particular realities – a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we’re brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.
Also, my mom and family are very important to me and I know that this is not expected.
America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
cause it’s a hard life, with love in the world. and i’m a hard girl, loving me is like chewing on pearls.
I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
Dclaration de Voltaire, note to his secretary, Jean-Louis Wagnire (1778-02-28)
While loving glory so much how can you persist in a plan which will cause you to lose it?
Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano’s, 1927), transl. Richard Aldington, letter 130 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, October 1757.