(WellnessPursuits.com) – Love is a powerful force. It drives both generosity and war; it’s able to bring out the very best and worst in people. Throughout history, great minds have sought to define and understand it. Check out these quotes from seven people who’ve gotten pretty close.
1. Love Can Be Transformative
“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” — Roy Croft
Sometimes, being inspired by love allows us to become the best version of ourselves. Things we wouldn’t do just for ourselves we achieve for those we love because the synergy of the relationship somehow means more than individuality.
2. Love Yourself First
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
The great late comedienne had some good advice. And it’s true — self-love is vital to a happy, productive life. Has anyone ever achieved greatness with self-loathing in their heart?
3. Be Courageous
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou
Especially for those of us who’ve had our hearts broken in the past, loving someone may require a leap of faith. And while shutting it out might feel safer, that can also close off some beautiful paths. Pursuing love with courage can open many important and incredible doors.
4. Be True
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey
A friendship hasn’t really been tested until hard times create a real strain. Anyone can make it to your birthday party with an expensive gift. A good friend will help you move or let you sleep on their sofa for a couple of weeks while you’re looking for a new place.
5. Love to Lighten Your Load
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world can be a scary, ugly place sometimes. How you approach the ugliness can affect your heart, as well as those around you. Try to approach even hateful situations with love, and you may unburden yourself without even realizing it.
6. Be Loveable
“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” — Ingrid Bergman
Every now and then, words simply fail. But a kiss can be so much more than a kiss and speak in ways that poets still puzzle over. Let your heart shine. Let love permeate you. Simply love. It might not be returned… but it’s so amazingly grand when it is!
7. Brighten the Darkness
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu
Times of darkness and grief can take a person in one of two directions. With love, grief can become the first step toward incredible deeds of bravery, ingenuity and change. Love can be a beacon of light, a reserve of fortitude and a well of resolve in an otherwise uncertain world.
Love might not be easy to define, but you know it when you feel it. It can move us in ways few other emotions can. Love can enrich our world and fortify the human spirit. Let yours inspire you.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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