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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 "People say to me, 'how can I pray for another?' It's really very simple. Sit down and surround the person you are thinking of with love. Love him. Love her. Feel this love through your whole being. Then right thoughts and right words and right ideas will come to you. The real work is done when you start loving."

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

3 "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

4 "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."

5 "I know no feeling of separation from any living soul for we are all one as the love of God works in and through His perfect creation."

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

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

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

9 "Truly, 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28). What is his purpose? – love shared, love made manifest, love everywhere present."

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

11 "The brotherhood of man is bound together by love."

12 "The Christ in me salutes the Christ in you. The Christ in me understands the Christ in you."

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

16 "Love lives in and through each one of us. It's like electric power lying dormant. We have to turn the switch. It's there, but it's not ours until we accept it and use it."

17 "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."

18 "Love is the self-givingness of the Spirit through the desire of Life to express Itself in terms of creation. Love is free from condemnation, even as it is free from fear. Love is a cosmic force whose sweep is irresistible. Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself. Love is self-givingness through creation, the impartation of the Divine through the human." Ernest Holmes, 'The Science of Mind'

19 "Love is always received – it may take time for it to be understood, but it is always received for what it is."

20 "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."

21 "What is love?....It is the sweetness of life; it is the sweet, tender, melting nature of God, flowing up through his seed of life into the creature, and of all things making the creature most like unto himself, both in nature and operation." Isaac Pennington, 'Works', 1681

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

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

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

25 "The love we realize within ourselves and pass on to others will bring sanity to a disturbed world."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite