— Anne Sexton poet from the United States 1928 - 1974
„Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.
That's why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well.“
— Al Franken American comedian and politician 1951
Context: If you listen to a lot of conservatives, they'll tell you that the difference between them and us is that conservatives love America and liberals hate America.... They don't get it. We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America like a 4-year-old loves his mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world. That's why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well. Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2003)
— John Sullivan Dwight American minister 1813 - 1893
Rest, Stanza 7.
„When you love someone, you have to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
„The periodic table is the universal catalog of everything you can drop on your foot. There are some things, such as light, love, logic, and time, that are not in the periodic table. But you can't drop any of those things on your foot.“
— Theodore Gray, kniha The Elements
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe p. 5
— Robert Oppenheimer American theoretical physicist and professor of physics 1904 - 1967
Misattributed, This is derived from a statement of James Branch Cabell, in The Silver Stallion (1926) : The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
„As the gambler said of his dice, to love and win is the best thing, to love and lose is the next best.“
— William Makepeace Thackeray novelist 1811 - 1863
The History of Pendennis (1848-1850), Ch. 40.
— Jennifer Aniston television and film actress from the United States 1969
„All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon.“
— Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband (1895), Sir Robert Chiltern, Act II
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
1880s, 1880, Letter to Theo (Cuesmes, July 1880), Context: I think that everything that is really good and beautiful, the inner, moral, spiritual and sublime beauty in men and their works, comes from God, and everything that is bad and evil in the works of men and in men is not from God, and God does not approve of it. But I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better, that is what I keep telling myself. But you must love with a sublime, genuine, profound sympathy, with devotion, with intelligence, and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more. That will lead to God, that will lead to an unshakable faith.
— Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter 1932 - 2003
— Rick Riordan, kniha The House of Hades