Dear Patient and Friend,
Every day, we have a chance to express ourselves to those we love in a very personal and meaningful way. With Valentine’s Day, we have even more of a reason to communicate with our love. Here are some of the thoughts of great lovers throughout history.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!
Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
For you see, each day I love you more today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. ~Rosemonde Gerard
Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.
You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.
~Jonathan Carroll, “Outside the Dog Museum”
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde
Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning
Love is a game that two can play and both win. ~Eva Gabor
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. ~Plato
Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. ~Victor Hugo
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. ~Robert Frost
Love is the poetry of the senses. ~Honoré de Balzac
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. ~Voltaire
And finally my favourite:
1 Corinthians 13:1-10 (The Message)
The Way of Love
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
To Your Health,