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On Love...


Love has many forms, from the love of a child to the passion of star-cross lovers. Love in creativity is a form that asks nothing and loves everything without demand or expectation. Unconditional love costs nothing and gives everything. So why is it so rare?

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‘Love covers over a multitude of sins.’

— Peter 4:8

‘The more you judge, the less you love.’

Honoré de Balzac

‘If a thing loves, it is infinite.’

William Blake

‘It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.’

Samuel Butler

‘If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.’

Rachel Carson

‘Love not what you are, but what you may become.’

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

‘In our life there is a single colour, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the colour of love.’

Marc Chagall

‘The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.’

G. K. Chesterton

‘A loving heart is the truest wisdom.’

Charles Dickens

‘The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.’

Charles Dickens

‘Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.’

Albert Einstein

‘He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘A mind might ponder its thought for ages, and not gain so much self-knowledge as the passion of love shall teach in a day.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.’

Ella Fitzgerald

‘All work is empty save when there is love.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘The unspoken factor is love. The reason I can work so hard at my writing is that it’s not work for me.’

John Irving

‘We invent what we love, and what we fear.’

John Irving

‘The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with objects it loves.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.’

Helen Keller

‘Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and verb agree to serve...You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.’

Martin Luther King

‘Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.’

Martin Luther King

‘If you have love, you will do all things well.’

Thomas Merton

‘What’s often in your heart is the hardest to reach.’

George Harrison

Understand. Love. Create. That’s all.’

David Morgan

‘Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go into the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

‘There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘The heart has its reason that reason cannot know.’

Blaise Pascal

‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.’


‘Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.’

Bertrand Russell

‘First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.’

Anita Roddick

‘To love is not to look at one another, but to look together in the same direction.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‘Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.’

William Shakespeare

‘What’s done is done. The joy is in the doing.’

William Shakespeare

‘Love is not love when it alteration finds.’

William Shakespeare

‘Love that well which thou must leave ere long.’

William Shakespeare

‘Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.’

William Shakespeare

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

William Shakespeare

‘Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.’

William Shakespeare

‘They do not love that do not show their love.’

William Shakespeare

‘Then must you speak
Of one that lov'd not wisely but too well.’

William Shakespeare

‘True love in this differs from gold and clay, that to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, gazing on many truths.’

Percy Bysse Shelley

‘One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.’


‘In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love.’

Igor Stravinsky

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.’

Mother Theresa

‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’

Mother Theresa

‘There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.’

Mother Theresa

‘There is no remedy for love but to love more.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.’

Leo Tolstoy

‘When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.’

Mark Twain

‘The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.’

Vincent van Gogh

‘Love conquers all things.’


‘Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.’




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