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The Wisdom of Love from Poets, Mystics and Wise People of the Ages

Great Mother of big apples it is a pretty world.
                                           Kenneth Patchen

Look, I want to love this world
as though it's the last chance
I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.

Mary Oliver

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.

Or say, “I cannot praise You
as You should be praised…”


What does the world
mean to you if you can't trust it
to go on shining when you're not there?

Mary Oliver

There is only one thing pain is good for.
It teaches you to love. God bless pain.

Joey Goldfarb

God hugs you. You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.

Hildegarde of Bingen

I who am Divine am truly in you.
I can never be sundered from you;
However far we be parted,
never can we be separated.
I am in you and you are in Me.

Mechtild of Magdeburg

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make sense.


In your light I learn how to love,
in your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.


Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street.
I took it as a sign to start singing,
falling up into the bowl of sky.
The bowl breaks.
Everywhere is falling everywhere.

Nothing else to do.


What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.

George Levinger

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Rainer Maria Rilke

We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

Sam Keen

To love and to be loved
is to feel the sun from both sides.

David Viscott

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Gallaxy image from Hubble Telescope