StumbleUpon Love

Thru an involved series of clicks that I no longer remember, today I found the Tim Ferriss blog. Which mentioned StumbleUpon. Which reminded me that I possess a Stumble account. Which led me to visit it. And confirm a handful of friends, some of which friended me FIVE months ago- so great is my dedication to Stumble. (Sorry, guys!)  At which point, as long as I was there, I figured I might as well hit the ‘stumble’ button. After all, who knows when I’d be there again?

On my very first click, here is where I landed. I never got any further. Here my browser still sits, hours later, as I slowly read through dozens of quotes about love.

Some of the best:

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has
to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without
getting tired. Be faithful in small things because
it is in them that your strength lies….Mother Teresa.

“True love” isn’t so much a dreamy feeling that you have
as it is an enduring commitment to give sacrificially — even,
or perhaps especially, when you don’t feel like it….William R. Mattox, Jr.

To love someone means to see him as God intended him….. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

We all love best not those who offend us least,
nor those who have done most for us, but those who make
it most easy for us to forgive them….Samuel Butler.

The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice….Carolyn Fry.

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all
in your own house. Give love to your children,
to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor…
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better
and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in
your smile, kindness in your warm greeting….Mother Teresa.

I began reading the list thinking in terms of romantic love. But by the end, I realized that the quotes that resonated most with me applied just as well to parenting as to romance.  And isn’t that last one just wonderful? That is the kind of person I want to be.

Which of the quotes best describes love to you? Pick one and paste it in comments, OK?   Because really, couldn’t we all stand to get better at showing the people around us that we care?

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  1. Love is when each person is more concerned
    for the other than for one’s self….David Frost.

  2. Time is too slow for those who wait,
    too swift for those who fear,
    too long for those who grieve,
    too short for those who rejoice,
    but for those who love,
    time is eternity….Henry Van Dyke.

  3. Rebekah says:

    “True love” isn’t so much a dreamy feeling that you have
    as it is an enduring commitment to give sacrificially — even,
    or perhaps especially, when you don’t feel like it….William R. Mattox, Jr

  4. “True love” isn’t so much a dreamy feeling that you have
    as it is an enduring commitment to give sacrificially — even,
    or perhaps especially, when you don’t feel like it….William R. Mattox, Jr.–

    Thanks for Sharing Mary. The Hubby and I argued last night over something stupid..but this quote sums up why we still keep together. Perfect timing!

  5. True love stories never have endings….Unknown.

  6. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another
    person is essential to your own….Robert A. Heinlein.

  7. The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice….Carolyn Fry.

  8. True love begins when nothing is looked
    for in return….Antoine De Saint-Exupery.

  9. Spread love everywhere you go: first of all
    in your own house. Give love to your children,
    to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor…
    Let no one ever come to you without leaving better
    and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness;
    kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in
    your smile, kindness in your warm greeting….Mother Teresa.

  10. Really, anything by Leo Buscaglia is wonderful. If you haven’t read his books or heard his lectures, run to your library. He’s fantastic. Will change the way you look at love.
    Here’s a good one: “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
    ~Leo Buscaglia

  11. You can give without loving,
    but you cannot love without giving….Amy Carmichael.

  12. I didn’t see this one on the site but I think it expresses what married love better than anything else I’ve read (outside of the Bible). From The Living by Annie Dillard…

    Clare knew that common wisdom counseled that love was a malady that blinded lovers’ eyes like acid. Love’s skewed sight made hard features appear harmonious, and sinners appear saints, and cowards appear heroes. Clare was by no means an original thinker, but on this one point he had reached an opposing view, that lovers alone see what is real. The fear and envy and pride that stain souls are phantoms. The lover does not fancy that the beloved possesses imaginary virtues. He knew June was not especially generous, not especially noble in deportment, not especially tolerant, patient, or self-abasing. The lover is enabled to see – as if the heavens busted open to admit a charged light – those virtues the beloved does possess in their purest form. June was a marvel, and she smelled good.

    What could other people know of June’s courage in loss, her upwelling hopefulness, her defiant will, her quick, startling wit that made play of even ardent moments? The skin of her temple, that dipped across the hollow, and the soft ruddiness over her hard forehead.

  13. One of my all-time favorites is from Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

    (Actually, I love it so much that I have a bracelet with the saying on it!)