Quotations for Daily Use


"And as yet my love is weak and my virtue imperfect and I have great need of your strength and comfort." Thomas à Kempis c. 1380 – 25 July 1471)[1] was a German/Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period

"Blessed are those who love and cherish one another." Cicero, (106–43 bc ), Roman statesman, orator, and writer; full name Marcus Tullius Cicero

"But without her husband, she was a flame without a moth." Author George Howe Colt writing in The Big House about his grandmother

"Don't urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go, I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anyting but death separates you and me." Book of Ruth 1:16 & 17

"Each word from you will be a light in this wilderness." USA President James A. Garfield writing to his wife while he was in Chicago at the Republican National Convention

"Even if I had never met you, I would have dreamed of what life would have been like to be loved by such a person like you!" Love Notes From My Heart to Yours by Dianna Booher

"Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart. But if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours."  Unknown

"I know you little, I love you lots, My love for you would fill
10 pots,
13 kettles,
14 pans, 3 tea cups,
and 6 dish pans!"

Shel Silverstein - (1932–99), US poet, writer, and cartoonist; full name Sheldon Alan Silverstein; also known as Uncle Shelby. He is best known for his children's stories and poetry such as in The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), A Light in the Attic (1981), and Falling Up (1996).

"I want not only to be loved but to be told that I am loved." George Eliot; Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Anne" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

"If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, (July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying

"If we want to change something, we must begin with understanding. But if we want to love something, we must begin with acceptance." Eric Greitens, author, in The Heart and the Fist

"I’ll love you even when I don’t like you." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"In Campus Life a young nurse tells of a patient called Eileen. A cerebral aneurysm had left her with no conscious control over her body. The doctors thought she was totally unconscious, unable to feel pain, unaware of anything going on around her. It was the hospital staff's job to turn her every hour to prevent bedsores and to feed her twice a day through a stomach tube. 'When it's this bad,' an older nurse told her, 'You have to detach yourself emotionally.' As a result Eileen came to be treated as a thing, a vegetable.
But the young student nurse decided to treat her differently. She talked to Eileen, sang to her, and even brought her little gifts. One Thanksgiving Day she said to Eileen, 'It was supposed to be my day off, but I couldn't miss seeing you on Thanksgiving. Just then the telephone rang. As the nurse turned to answer it she looked quickly back at the patient. 'Eileen was looking at me . . . crying. Big damp circles stained her pillow.' That was the only human emotion Eileen ever showed. But is was enough to change the attitude of the entire hospital staff toward her.
Not long afterward Eileen died. The young nurse closes her story by saying, 'I keep thinking about her . . . I owe her an awful lot. Except for Eileen I might never have known what it's like to give myself to someone who can't give back.' " 
(Taken from On the Right Note, September 23, 2007)

"It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life." Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) - Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The program was marked by its slow pace and its host's calm manner.

"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." Franklin P. Jones; (1908 - 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist.

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything." Katherine Hepburn, (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress.

"Love: If you have it, you don't need anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have." J.M. Barrie; Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look that becomes a habit." Peter Ustinov; Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, (16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004) was an English actor, writer and dramatist.

"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

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
James Arthur Baldwin, August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an African American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic (Shared by ODS Woodstock, Travis, in 2001 & ODS Supergirl, Michelle, in 2008)

"May all who love the Lord, love you; and those who don't love you, may the Lord give them a limp so you can see them coming." Irish blessing

"Most of the time people don't need our wise analysis or brilliant answers, they just need our love - and support - and they'll find their own answers."  Unknown

"No disguise can long conceal love where it exists or long feign it where it is lacking." François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac( 15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. It is said that his world-view was clear-eyed and urbane, and that he neither condemned human conduct nor sentimentally celebrated it.

"Of course, you haven't got to decide, but think about it. I can't advise you in my favour because I think it would be beastly for you, but think how nice it would be for me!" Evelyn Waugh, Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh, (28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966), known by his pen name Evelyn Waugh, was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books; he was also a prolific journalist and reviewer of books.This statement was made when he was proposing to Laura Herbert, 1936

One way that many of us sense we're loved is when someone talks with us and listens to us.  Unknown

“The continent, the solid land on which I build all my happiness" 20th USA President James A. Garfield commenting about his wife, Lucretia

"The more you love, the more love you are given to love with." Junius Lucien Price (January 6, 1883 – March 30, 1964), who also published under the name Seymour Deming,[1] was the author of more than a dozen books and a writer for publications such as The Boston Evening Transcript and The Atlantic Monthly.

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." Victor Hugo; (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.

"This being in love is great - you get a lot of compliments and begin to think you are a great guy." F. Scott Fitzgerald; Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist and short story writer.

"We are as prone to love as the sun is to shine." Thomas Traherne MA (1636 or 1637 – ca. 27 September 1674) was an English poet, clergyman, theologian, and religious writer.

"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

"Where there is love, there is pain." Spanish proverb

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." Karen - age 7

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