February 14

Calendar day

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2005
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
2006
Some things you don't need until they leave you; they're the things that you miss. ~ Rob Thomas (born 14 February 1972)
2007
When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world — no matter how imperfect — becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
2008
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ Paul of Tarsus
2009
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~
2010
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.

~ William Shakespeare in Sonnet 116 ~

2011
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

~ Paul of Tarsus ~

2012
Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one.

~ Edith Sitwell ~
2013
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile — her look — her way
Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" —
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee, — and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry, —
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~
2014
Love all God's creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day, and you will come at last to love the world with an all-embracing love.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~
2015
Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love.
~ Robert A. Heinlein ~
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~ Time Enough for Love ~
2016
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
2017
Love is the mystery of divine revelations!
Love is the effulgent manifestation!
Love is the spiritual fulfillment!
Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into the human spirit!
Love is the cause of the manifestation of the Truth (God) in the phenomenal world!
Love is the necessary tie proceeding from the realities of things through divine creation!
Love is the means of the most great happiness in both the material and spiritual worlds!
Love is a light of guidance in the dark night!
Love is the bond between the Creator and the creature in the inner world!
Love is the cause of development to every enlightened man!
Love is the greatest law in this vast universe of God!
Love is the one law which causeth and controleth order among the existing atoms!
Love is the universal magnetic power between the planets and stars shining in the loft firmament!
Love is the cause of unfoldment to a searching mind, of the secrets deposited in the universe by the Infinite!
Love is the spirit of life in the bountiful body of the world!
Love is the cause of the civilization of nations in this mortal world!
Love is the highest honor to every righteous nation!
The people who are confirmed therein are indeed glorified by the Supreme Concourse, the angels of heaven and the dwellers of the Kingdom of El-Abha!…
O beloved of God! Be ye the manifestations of God and the lamps of guidance throughout all regions shining with the light of love and union!
How beautiful the effulgence of this light!
~ `Abdu'l-Bahá ~
2018 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (This is the utmost ranking and should be used only for one quote at a time, per person, for each date.)
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


SuggestionsEdit

Love does not dominate, it cultivates. And that is more. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) But tenuously, as I have not yet found a source for this. with a very strong lean toward 4. I have now found the source of this and another variant translation, and added it to the Goethe page. This specific translation has now been used on 28 August 2011, but there are alternative translations which might be used for this day:
Love does not rule; but it trains, and that is more.
Love rules (and reigns) not, but it forms (builds and 'trains'); and that is more!
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
    • 0. I can't find this on any of the Goethe pages. - InvisibleSun 23:17, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love, in the final analysis, is wisdom. ~ E. W. Kenyon

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) ( with a lean toward 4, though there is not yet a page for this author, I would probably attempt to make one before using this.)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 —This unsigned comment is by 66.252.78.2 (talkcontribs) .

For God's sake, hold your tongue and let me love! - John Donne

  • 3 Poetlister 22:36, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:51, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:40, 11 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

There really is only one question about the future of civilization: Which is stronger love or hate? If the answer is hate we are all doomed. Anonymous


True friends tell us: “If you ever need anything, I’ll be there.” True love tells us: “You’ll never need anything; I’ll be there.” Jimi Hollemans

—This unsigned comment is by 72.187.217.225 (talkcontribs) .
  • 0 Kalki (talk · contributions) 15:55, 3 February 2010 (UTC) unsourced quote : at this point neither the authorship nor the notability Holemans is clear.

In England, we don't have any guns whatsoever.

—This unsigned comment is by 109.157.132.70 (talkcontribs) .
  • 0 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:48, 13 February 2011 (UTC), as this is as yet unsourced, it would be acceptable if provided with some sourcing.

If by enlightenment and intellectual progress we mean the freeing of man from superstitious belief in evil forces, in demons and fairies, in blind fate—in short, emancipation of fear—then denunciation of what is currently called reason is the greatest service reason can render. ~ Max Horkheimer (Born 1895 Feb 14)

  • 4 bystander 22:57, 11 February 2012 (UTC) I know, it's Valentine's Day, but I'm sick of all the Valentine's.
  • 1 Kalki·· 02:07, 4 February 2013 (UTC) I would probably rank this higher, if it were not Valentine's Day, as I am not sick of the holiday sentiments.

The more the concept of reason becomes emasculated, the more easily it lends itself to ideological manipulation and to propagation of even the most blatant lies. … Subjective reason conforms to anything.
~ Max Horkheimer ~

Every philosophical, ethical, and political idea — its lifeline connecting it with its historical origins having been severed — has a tendency to become the nucleus of a new mythology, and this is one of the reasons why the advance of enlightenment tends at certain points to revert to superstition and paranoia. The majority principle … has become the sovereign force to which thought must cater. It is a new god, not in the sense in which the heralds of the great revolutions conceived it, namely, as a power of resistance to existing injustice, but as a power of resistance to anything that does not conform.
~ Max Horkheimer ~

The more ideas have become automatic, instrumentalized, the less does anybody see in them thoughts with a meaning of their own. They are considered things, machines. Language has been reduced to just another tool in the gigantic apparatus of production in modern society.
~ Max Horkheimer ~

When even the dictators of today appeal to reason, they mean that they possess the most tanks. They were rational enough to build them; others should be rational enough to yield to them.
~ Max Horkheimer ~

Humble love,
And not proud reason, keeps the door of heaven;
Love finds admission, where proud science fails.
~ Edward Young ~

If there is any thing that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love.
~ Nathaniel Parker Willi ~

Love is the greatest thing that God can give us, for Himself is love; and it is the greatest thing we can give to God, for it will also give ourselves, and carry with it all that is ours.
~ Jeremy Taylor ~

Heaven's harmony is universal love.
~ William Cowper ~

God's love for us is not the reason for which we should love him. God's love for us is the reason for us to love ourselves.
~ Simone Weil ~

If we want a love which will protect the soul from wounds we must love something other than God.
~ Simone Weil ~

Love is not consolation, it is light.
~ Simone Weil ~

If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence.
~ Simone Weil ~

Those minds whose attention and love are turned towards that reality are the sole intermediary through which good can descend from there and come among men.
Although it is beyond the reach of any human faculties, man has the power of turning his attention and love towards it.
Nothing can ever justify the assumption that any man, whoever he may be, has been deprived of this power.
It is a power which is only real in this world in so far as it is exercised. The sole condition for exercising it is consent.
~ Simone Weil ~

To love our neighbour as ourselves does not mean that we should love all people equally, for I do not have an equal love for all the modes of existence of myself. Nor does it mean that we should never make them suffer, for I do not refuse to make myself suffer.
~ Simone Weil ~

The true love is love for the neighbor, or it is not to find the lovable object but to find the un-lovable object lovable.
~ Søren Kierkegaard ~

Only in self-denial can one effectually praise love, because God is love, and only in self-denial can one hold fast to God.
~ Søren Kierkegaard ~

Erotic love is temporality’s invention, temporality’s most beautiful but nonetheless frail invention.
~ Søren Kierkegaard ~

Without a you and an I, there is no love, and with mine and yours there is no love but “mine” and “yours” (these possessive pronouns) are, of course, formed from a “you” and an “I” and as a consequence seem obliged to be present wherever there are a you and an I. This is indeed the case everywhere, but not in love , which is a revolution from the ground up. The more profound the revolution, the more completely the distinction “mine and yours” disappears, and the more perfect is the love.
~ Søren Kierkegaard ~
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~ Works of Love ~

Love comforteth, like sunshine after rain,
But lust's effect is tempest after sun;
Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain,
Lust's winter comes ere summer half be done;
Love surfeits not,; lust like a glutton dies,
Love is all truth; lust full of forged lies.
~ William Shakespeare ~

There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Antony and Cleopatra ~

Love that well which thou must leave ere long.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Sonnet LXXIII ~

Love like a shadow flies when substance love pursues;
Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.,
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Merry Wives of Windsor ~

I know not why
I love this youth; and I have heard you say,
Love's reason's without reason.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Cymbeline ~

They do not love that do not show their love.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ The Two Gentlemen of Verona ~

Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow,
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ The Two Gentlemen of Verona ~

Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Twelfth Night ~

Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Twelfth Night ~

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him, and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine,
And all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Romeo and Juliet ~

Love's heralds should be thoughts,
Which ten times faster glide than the sun's beams,
Driving back shadows over louring hills;
Therefore do nimble-pinion'd doves draw love,
And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Romeo and Juliet ~

Love goes toward love, as school-boys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Romeo and Juliet ~

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee
The more I have, for both are infinite.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Romeo and Juliet ~

Stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do that dares love attempt.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Romeo and Juliet ~

Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love:
Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues;
Let every eye negotiate for itself
And trust no agent.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Much Ado About Nothing ~

Ay me! for aught that I ever could read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ A Midsummer Night's Dream ~

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ The Merchant of Venice ~

When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Love's Labour's Lost ~

Doubt thou the stars are fire. Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar. But never doubt I love.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ Hamlet ~

We that are true lovers run into strange capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature in love mortal in folly.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ As You Like It ~

Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none.
~ William Shakespeare ~
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~ All's Well That Ends Well ~

I saw full surely that ere God made us He loved us; which love was never slacked, nor ever shall be. And in this love He hath done all His works; and in this love He hath made all things profitable to us; and in this love our life is everlasting. In our making we had beginning; but the love wherein He made us was in Him from without beginning: in which love we have our beginning. And all this shall we see in God, without end.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

I desired oftentimes to learn what was our Lord’s meaning. And fifteen years after, and more, I was answered in ghostly understanding, saying thus: Wouldst thou learn thy Lord’s meaning in this thing? Learn it well: Love was His meaning. Who shewed it thee? Love. What shewed He thee? Love. Wherefore shewed it He? For Love. Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same. But thou shalt never know nor learn therein other thing without end. Thus was I learned that Love was our Lord’s meaning.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

Love was without beginning, is, and shall be without ending.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.
~ Richard Curtis ~
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~ Love Actually ~

The truth is, indeed, that love is the threshold of another universe. Beyond the vibrations with which we are familiar, the rainbow-like range of its colours is still in full growth. But, for all the fascination that the lower shades have for us, it is only towards the "ultra" that the creation of light advances. It is in these invisible and, we might almost say, immaterial zones that we can look for true initiation into unity. The depths we attribute to matter are no more than the reflection of the peaks of spirit.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ~

A universal love is not only psychologically possible; it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ~

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ~