I used to be indifferent to Valentines Day until my yoga teacher, a very wise man named Naresh, changed my mind about it. Naresh loves Valentines Day because, he says, any excuse to celebrate love has to be a good one. I think that’s such a cool, arms-outstretched way of approaching life. So thank you, Naresh.
And Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Here are some more takes on love from people I admire. Please feel free to add your own favorite quotes, thoughts or stories about love to the comment thread, or to explain which of the following touched you.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”
Marguerite Duras: “You have to be very fond of men — very, very fond of men — to love them. Otherwise, they’re simply unbearable.”
Thich Nhat Hanh: “Understanding and love are interdependent. Love is made of understanding, and understanding is made of love.”
Mary Oliver: “To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
Mother Teresa: “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
And, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
And, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”