Bernard Iddings Bell: To love

Love Truly Romance

Love Truly Romance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“To love is not a passive thing. To love is active voice. When I love I do something, I function, I give. I do not love in order that I may be loved back again, but for the creative joy of loving. And every time I do so love I am freed, at least a little, by the outgoing of love, from enslavement to that most intolerable of master, myself.”
—Bernard Iddings Bell

Petrarch: Love life

Portrait of Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), It...

Portrait of Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), Italian poet and humanist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.”

Sting: Love

Sting at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for th...

Sting at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Duncan Jones’s film Moon. Photographer’s blog post about this event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I think love has something to do with allowing a person you claim to love to enter a larger arena than the one you create for them. ”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Love

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at age 69

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“Love does not dominate; it cultivates. ”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Herman Hesse: Love of God and good

Hermann Hesse, photographed this year

Love of God is not always the same as love of good. ”
Herman Hesse.