If you're angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug - which is all the more reason to do so. It's hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that's precisely what happens when we hug each other.
~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997
...A hug is an amazing thing
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say....
~Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., "A Simple Hug"
Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
“Sometimes it only takes a hug to make the hurt go away.”
Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~Attributed to Howard Thurman
The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.
You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.
Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me, I can't force myself to stop loving you.
I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"
Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.
Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.