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Drawing the Larger Circle, How to Love and Be Loved
Jack and Cornelia Addington
The authors claim that it is imperative in our times to send out ever-widening circles of love, especially to those who find it difficult to love.

1 "Ask yourself in everything you do, 'Is this the loving thing to do? Is this the loving answer? Am I letting God's love live through me as I take this step?'"

2 "Love, being omnipresent, is the common denominator of all of life. As we express love we immediately find that we have something very definite in common with every part of life."

3 "Love is all-inclusive. Every small attempt on our part to let the love of God express through us brings us closer to the ultimate cosmic experience of all-inclusive love."

4 "First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." Thomas a'Kempis, 'The Imitation of Christ'

5 "Down deep we know we need to love more."

6 "Each person is a center of infinite love….Through recognition, the use of infinite love within a person can grow."

7 "God's love is perfect in and through His creation. We, being the image and likeness of God, can feel this love and know that it is there for us. We can start by recognizing the expression of love in the beauty of nature surrounding us. We begin to realize that this is God expressing His love. We can feel this love expressing through us. We are the image and likeness of God, that we, too, may love. God is love, and when we love we are like Him."

8 "Love the power of love within you – this is loving God within."

9 "In Truth, I have never been separated from God for a single instant."

10 "God is love, God is infinite and everywhere present in exactly the same degree."

11 "There are no barriers where love is the bridge."

12 "Without love we lose the will to live. Our mental and physical vitality is impaired, our resistance is lowered, and we succumb to illnesses that often prove fatal. We may escape actual death, but what remains is a meager and barren existence, emotionally so impoverished that we can only be half alive." Smiley Blanton, M.D., 'Love or Perish'

13 "It is not a matter of 'I ought to love'; not 'I will love'; not 'I hope to love some day'; but 'I love you now'. You may not like what a person does; you may not approve of him, but you cannot afford to not love him. Think to yourself: 'I love God in this person.'"

14 "To love is to partake of the very nature of God, to be one with God."

15 "Fortunately, more and more people are discovering the power of love to heal and restore human beings."

16 "None of us achieve emotional maturity until we have learned not only to love our neighbor, to say 'I care' and mean it, but have learned to love ourselves."

17 "Love is a fire that kindles its first embers in the narrow nook of the private bosom, tossing a wandering spark out of another private heart, glows and enlarges until it forms and feeds upon the multitudes of men and women, upon the universal heart of all, and so lights the whole world, and all nature with its generous light." Ralph Waldo Emerson

18 "There is an old saying, 'It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.' When we tell someone 'I love you', when we spread love, even the little that each one is able to do, we are lighting a candle in the darkness and our light shines a long way."

19 "Love is everywhere present, in and through all of life. It only needs to be recognized and used, and when we understand this we find that there is no obstacle that can stand in its way."

20 "We are secure forever in the knowledge of unchanging love."

21 "God lives in and through you as love."

22 "Now, we see that if love does not supplant hate we will destroy ourselves. Hate, resentment and fear are destructive. Love, rightly used, is constructive and it is through love and understanding that a strong and enduring civilization will emerge."

23 "Love embraces all. Love forgives all. Love swallows up all of our failures and gives us back its grace. It is so freely given."

24 "We who thought of ourselves as lonely and forsaken have been loved since the beginning of time."

25 "If people seem to be difficult, I silently bless them until enemies become friends – friends who have caused me to experience more love. There is no problem which love cannot heal. For this I give thanks."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite