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

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

3 "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."

4 "Learning to love more is the most vauable thing you can ever do."

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

6 "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'

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

8 "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."

9 "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?'"

10 "Within each person is a center of love....Now is the time to send it forth, like ripples from a pebble cast into the still waters of a lake in ever-widening circles."

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

12 "God's love is always creative. It knows exactly what to do and how to do it. It is through love that all progress and advancements are made."

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

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

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 "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."

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

21 "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."

22 "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."

23 "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."

24 "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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite