“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao-Tzu, via Money: Master the Game
Introduction: Love needs more space to grow than the eyes alone can provide.
The following 15 love quotes are from the book, I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas—an acclaimed exploration that began as a blog in 2007 of hauntingly beautiful words, photography, and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it. The poetic observations that Thomas makes about love bring back a refreshing idea of love beyond, “looks.” And in today’s connected world, where public profiles are filtered, edited, and refined to appear seemingly perfect (in an attempt to attract the best looking mates) — ideas that go beyond the superficial couldn’t be more timely.
“You should never do anything because of duty. Either you do something because of love or you do not do it. Make it a point that your life has to be a life of love, and if out of love, you respond, that I call responsibility. Break the word into two—response-ability—don’t make it one. Joining these two words has created so much confusion in the world. It is not responsibility; it is response-ability. And love is able to respond. There is no other force in the world that is so able to respond. If you love, you are bound to respond; there is no burden. Duty is a burden.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
“We will love each other as long as love remains authentic and true, and the moment we feel that the time has come to pretend, we will not pretend—that is ugly, inhuman. We will simply accept that the love that used to be there is no longer there, and it is time for us to part. We will remember all those beautiful days and moments that we spent together. It will remain always a fresh memory. And I don’t want to destroy it by pretending; neither do I want you to become a hypocrite.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
We live in very interesting and unique times for love. Never before have we had such overwhelming access to other humans from all across the world. Before the connection revolution with the internet, smart phones, and social media — relationships started from real life interactions with people that were within your immediate community which gave you a handful of potential mates that you could focus on. Anyone and everyone who lived beyond a few blocks of you might as well have been on a different planet—you never crossed paths. Now, the number of potential mates that we have access to has jumped exponentially from a handful to (quite literally) millions.
“Marriage was an economic institution in which you were given a partnership for life in terms of children and social status and succession and companionship. but now we want our partner to still give us all these things, but in addition I want you to be my best friend and my trusted confidant and my passionate lover to boot, and we live twice as long. So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide: Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one. Give me comfort, give me edge. Give me novelty, give me familiarity. Give me predictability, give me surprise. And we think it’s a given, and toys and lingerie are going to save us with that.” ~ Esther Perel, via Modern Romance
“Sexual energy is a wastage if it remains only confined to sex, but it becomes a great blessing if it starts transforming its quality. Enter into sex not for sex’s sake—use sex as a communion of love. Use sex as a meeting of two souls, not only of two bodies. Use sex as a meditative dance of two persons’ energies. The dance is far richer when man and woman are dancing together, and sex is the ultimate in dance: two energies meeting, merging, dancing, rejoicing.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
“Meditation cannot be purchased, love cannot be purchased, friendship cannot be purchased, gratitude cannot be purchased—but nobody is concerned with these things. Everything else, the whole world of things, can be purchased. So every child starts climbing the ladder of ambitions, and he knows if he has money, then everything is possible. The society breeds the idea of ambition, of being powerful, of being rich. It is an absolutely wrong society. It creates psychologically sick, insane people. And when they have reached the goal that the society and the educational system have given to them, they find themselves at a dead end. The road ends; there is nothing beyond.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition