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Thoughts on Love for Valentine’s Day

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” Blaise Pascalroses-and-liliesReady for some beautiful thoughts on love? Or, like Joseph Fink, do you think: “Valentine’s Day is a disaster. Any day that is designed to perfectly encapsulate something as messy and personal as two people in a romantic relationship would have to be.” Well, whether the quotes I’ve found strike you as funny, true, or overly idealistic, I was touched by all of them, and I hope that—whether or not you’re in a romantic relationship with someone today—these thoughts will cheer your spirit. Because, in all of them I found a kernel of truth that also expresses the way I experience God’s love. His love for us is greater than any human love, and the power of His love is the greatest positive energy for transformation in the universe!

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” Albert Camus

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A.A. Milne

“No matter how much time and space may come between us, I still feel you.” Ken Poirot

“Love is an afternoon of fishing when I’d sooner be at the ballet.
Love is eating burnt toast and lumpy gravy with a big smile.
Love is hearing the words ‘You’re beautiful’ as I fail to squeeze into my fat jeans.
Love is refusing to bring up the past, even if doing so would be a slam dunk to prove your point.
Love is your hand wiping away my tears, trying to erase streaks of mascara.
Love is the warm hug that extinguishes an argument.
Love is a humbly-uttered apology, even if not at fault.
Love is easy to recognize but so hard to define; however, I think it boils down to this…
Love is caring so much about the feelings of someone else, you sacrifice whatever it takes to help him or her feel better.
In other words, love is my heart being sensitive to yours.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather (and for some of us, wishes turned to prayers)

“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Bill Keane

“We’re most alive when we’re in love.” John Updike

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” Lord Byron

“When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.” Elizabeth Bowan

“Love is the ultimate no-calorie sweetener.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move.
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.” William Shakespeare (…and God!)

“So fall asleep love, loved by me…for I know love, I am loved by thee.” Robert Browning

“For ye will know not love, if ye knoweth not your God.” Henrietta Newton Martin

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11 pink-tipped-rose-africa-copy


Flowery Thoughts on Writing

Because I’m going to visit my daughter today, I won’t have a chance to generate any new thoughts. However, Kathy and I both love writing, so perhaps this is a good time to share a few quotations on writing gleaned from my blog host, WordPress, adorned by a few cheery springtime photos I’ve taken.“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Elmore Leonard“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” — W. Somerset Maugham“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” Phyllis Theroux“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” Blaise Pascal“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” — Marsha Norman“Be obscure clearly.” E.B. White“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” Agatha Christie“Every single creature is full of God, and is a book about God.” Meister Eckhart“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King“I do not like to write – I like to have written.” Gloria Steinem“Writing is a struggle against silence.” Carlos Fuentes(This last picture is a gift to you from my friend, Dan Andrist)

And here is my favorite quotation on what to write, or read, or think about:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).