Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers
SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Valeriano Avila (The Freeman) - February 14, 2020 - 12:00am

Today is Valentine’s Day and I always almost repeat the things I love to say during this day of love, when our restaurants, motels, and hotels are filled to the brim with lovers. However, I have never tried to get love notes from Google, so for the first time allow me to share some quotes about love from the people who have walked this earth before us (and from a few who are still here). These are timeless and inspiring thoughts written down and spread throughout the decades, centuries, and, yes, even millennia. They are thoughts not only about happy, romantic love but also the love between friends and family. And yes, it is about the love that is often neglected or pushed aside or thrown away because the love inside a person has left. But like it or not, love never ends! So allow me to list down these love notes for eternity.

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” — James Baldwin

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”— Lucille Ball

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”— Rainer Maria Rilke

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”— Morrie Schwartz

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”— Lord Byron

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”— Roy Croft

“Love is a friendship set to music.”— Joseph Campbell

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.”— Blaise Pascal

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”— Seneca

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”?— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.” --- Leo Buscaglia

 “You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness.”— Julia Roberts

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”— Plato

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.”— Alfred Tennyson

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”— Marcus Aurelius

 “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” ?— Helen Keller

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”— Oscar Wilde

“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.”— Henry Miller

Here is a famous love quote from Audrey Hepburn, claiming that the love between two people is truly the best thing in life. Whether you are the one being loved or giving love (or both), never let that feeling go. It’s not about materialistic things – love is about the life you share together.

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. — Ann Landers

Love is the glue that holds relationships together, whether they be friendships, familial or romantic. While we know what love feels like, it is often difficult to put this emotion into words, which is why love has to be physical… and then it is over. So was it love for the man or his money? — Unknown


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