PREREQUISITE

The prerequisite to loving others is to love yourself. If you don’t have a healthy respect for who you are, and if you don’t learn to accept yourself faults and all, you will never be able to properly love other people. JOEL OSTEEN, Become a Better You

ABOVE ALL ELSE

Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself. JEAN ANOUILH, L’homme et la mort dans l’histoire

PRECIOUS PLANT

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant…. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it. JOHN LENNON, ATV interview, Dec. 2, 1969

I NEED YOU

Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.” ERICH FROMM, The Art of Loving

MEASURE

I measured love by the extent of my jealousy. GRAHAM GREENE, The End of the Affair

MOMENT

Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life. APHRA BEHN, The Younger Brother

COMFORT

There is a comfort in the strength of love; ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else Would overset the brain, or break the heart. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, Michael

INCIDENT

To love and to live well is wished of many, but incident to few. JOHN LYLY, Euphues and His England

TRUE LOVE

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. ROBERT FULGHUM, True Love

GIVING AND RECEIVING

Giving and receiving love is vital to human existence. It is the glue that binds couples, families, communities, cultures, and nations. FRANK LAWLIS, Mending the Broken Bond