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

2 "Man, the image and likeness of God, the very expression of God, is one with the Presence; but only his recognition of his oneness will bring unity into his experience."

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

4 "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."

5 "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."

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

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

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

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

10 "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."

11 "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

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

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

14 "Perfect love casts out fear. Perfect love is right within you, ready to be sent forth in ever-widening circles. Learn how to release that perfect love within that casts out fear."

15 "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."

16 "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.'"

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 "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

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

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

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

23 "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?'"

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite