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Select from below for your Valentine Day card:

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche

To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him.” Goethe

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” Mark Twain

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” Arthur Pinero

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.” William Arthur Ward

“The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life.” William Wordsworth

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” Martin Luther King

“Life is not a romance; one has romantic memories and romantic hopes – that’s all. Our most burning ecstasies are merely the shadows of what we have felt elsewhere or of what we hope to feel someday.” Oscar Wilde

“The primary questions for an adult are not why or how, but when and where.” Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." Franklin P. Jones

"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." Robert Frost

"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Henry Louis Mencken

"Love is a friendship set to music." E. Joseph Cossman

"Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life." Lord Byron

"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." Alfred Tennyson:

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." Allan Chalmers

“Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.” Ambrose Bierce:

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” Anais Nin

“If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.” Ann Landers

“Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it -- at which point they can become human too.” Bayard Rustin

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.” Blaise Pascal:

“Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.” C.S. Lewis:

“For there is one thing I can safely say: that those bound by love must obey each other if they are to keep company long. Love will not be constrained by mastery; when mastery comes, the God of love at once beats his wings, and farewell -- he is gone. Love is a thing as free as any spirit; women naturally desire liberty, and not to be constrained like slaves; and so do men, if I shall tell the truth.” Chaucer

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” Elbert Hubbard

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.” Elie Wiesel

“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved." Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because I love." Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you." Erich Fromm

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Henry David Thoreau:

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” Ingrid Bergman:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Jonathan Swift

“Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Karl Menninger

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

“In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.” Marcel Proust

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” Mark Twain

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Martin Luther King

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Martin Luther King

“Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

“The best love affairs are those we never had.” Norman Lindsay

“Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I am beautiful because you love me?” Oscar Hammerstein, II:

“Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.” Oscar Wilde

“The first duty of love is to listen.” Paul Tillich

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” Pearl S. Buck

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,

Therefore, we are saved by hope.

Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;

Therefore, we are saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.

Therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own;

Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” Reinhold Niebuhr

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am, when I am with you.” Roy Croft

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I received this in an email today:

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When Children Ages 4-8 were asked What Love Is

'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'

Rebecca - age 8

'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'

Billy - age 4

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'

Karl - age 5

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'

Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'

Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'

Danny - age 7

'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'

Emily - age 8

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'

Nikka - age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'

Noelle - age 7

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'

Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'

Cindy - age 8

'My mommy loves me more than anybody

You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'

Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'

Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'

Chris - age 7

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day..'

Mary Ann - age 4

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'

Lauren - age 4

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)

Karen - age 7

'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.. People forget.'

Jessica - age 8

And the final one:

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

'Nothing, I just helped him cry'

Source: www.spiritdaily.com/childrenlove.htm

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