Each month we announce a new word and list 5 quotes and a poem that adequately conveys that word. The word itself is designed to inspire us and be a reflection of what we are hoping to achieve.
Why Love? Ok! So we admit this one is a cliche. But, it is hard not to resist the temptations of love when so many quotes and poems out there personify it.
It is a basic human emotion we cannot live without and this one really is for all the hopeless romantics out there. We are one and the same deep down, too love and be loved is truly a blessing.
Our Top 5 Quotes:
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
– Lao Tzu
The greatest pleasure of life is love.
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
– Ann Landers
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Poem of the Month:
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:
So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
‘Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.
Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears,
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.
Dull sublunary lovers’ love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.
But we by a love so much refined,
That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.
Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.
If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the other do.
And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.
Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th’ other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.
– John Donne
The points of a compass connected and united as one even if their physical bodies are parted is a powerful image of love. For no matter where you are in the world your love for the other does not diminish but endures until your return home. A beautiful sentiment.