Unconditional love (quotes)

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Unconditional love is love without limit or obligation

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Unconditional love is love without obligations, conditions or limits

  • Love has no conditions. When we put conditions, when we put barriers and boundaries, then we lose love.  Love is condition- less.  Love is barrier-less.  Look at the moon, sun, stars, trees. . . they are just on for everyone.  When our love also flows for everyone, you become very natural.  Pujya Swamiji
  • Conditional: Imposing, containing, subject to, or depending on a condition or conditions; not absolute; made or allowed on certain terms.  Dictionary.com
  • Unconditional: Not limited in any way : complete and absolute. Merriam Webster
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Unconditional love is what true love is

  • The only love worthy of a name is unconditional. John Powell
  • The true love is unconditional. Marriage is a conditional bond.  Toba Beta
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Unconditional love accepts without expectations

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Unconditional love is acceptance of someone as they are

  • Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1. Acceptance Understanding  3. Appreciation.  Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?  So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.  Vera Nazarian
  • Love is unconditional acceptance and looking for the good. Denis Waitley
  • Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now. Fred Rogers
  • A woman wants to be cherished – to be loved and accepted for who she is.  John Gray
  • Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them. Miguel Ruiz
  • Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood. Karen Casey
  • Unconditional love is not romantic love. It is the acceptance of others as they are without judgment or expectations. It is total acceptance of others without attempting to change them, except by our own positive example. Dick Sutphen
  • The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton
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Unconditional love is letting those we love be completely themselves

  • The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.  Thomas Merton
  • Live and let live
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Unconditional love is seeing someone fully, warts and all, and loving them anyway

  • Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.  Julins Gordon
  • To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Love — not dim and blind but so far-seeing that it can glimpse around corners, around bends and twists and illusion; instead of overlooking faults love sees through them to the secret inside. Vera Nazarian
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Unconditional love does not expect anything in return

  • Love is a feeling of givingness with no thought of receiving any return for it. Lester Levensen
  • Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you. Dr Wayne Dyer
  • How wonderful to go beyond wanting and fearing in your relationships. Love does not want or fear anything. Eckhart Tolle
  • You know it’s love when all you want is for that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness. Julia Roberts
  • Love is always bestowed as a gift, freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved, we love to love. Leo Buscaglia
  • If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something – and it is only such love that can know freedom.  Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Real love begins where nothing is expected in return. Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  • Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out. Nick Richardson
  • True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. Hafez of Shiraz
  • Love does not obey our expectations; it obeys our intentions. Lloyd Strom
  • Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I’d like to see you be or do. I have no desire to forsee you, only to discover you. You can’t disappoint me. Mary Haskell
  • To give and not expect return that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde
  • Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa
  • Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. Leo Buscaglia
  • When you love another for who they are, whether they give you what you need or not, then you truly love them. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives – does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve. Swami Sivananda
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Unconditional love is not contingent on the other person being loveable

  • When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Love is loving things that sometimes you don’t like. Ajahn Brah
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Unconditional love is free of judgement

  • Judgment and love are opposites. From one comes all the sorrows of the world. From the other comes the peace of God.  Judgment will bind my eyes and make me blind.  A Course in Miracles
  • Let go of the need to judge
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Unconditional love has no boundaries

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Unconditional love is a sense of oneness with all that is

  • But what I mean by love is not an emotion, it is a state of being. True love has no object.  Many speak of their unconditional love for another.  Unconditional love is the experience of being; there is no “I” and “other,” and anyone or anything it touches is experienced in love.  You cannot unconditionally love someone.  You can only be unconditional love.  It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it. Emily H. Sell
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Unconditional love is about being and giving love

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Unconditional love is about being love, not getting love

  • Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. Katharine Hepburn
  • Sometimes when we think we love someone, we’re actually loving what we think the other person may be able to give us. This can be an aspect of “conditional” love. Love at its highest level demands nothing in return. It loves for the sake of loving. John Marks Templeton
  • Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi
  • Love is always bestowed as a gift, freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved, we love to love. Leo Buscaglia
  • The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved, but rather by the one choosing to love. Stephen Kendrick
  • Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. More Leo Buscaglia
  • Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. Katherine Hepburn
  • Love, true love, is that which can give the most without asking or demanding anything in return. Mazie Hammond
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Unconditional love does not hurt or reject

  • When people are not loyal or loving toward us, we enliven our potential for unconditional love. A yes frees us from the suffering caused by our need to hurt or reject those who have disappointed us. David Richo
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Unconditional love is open and warm

  • I would define love very simply: as a potent blend of openness and warmth, which allows us to make real contact, to take delight in and appreciate, and to be at one with– –our selves, others, and life itself. Openness– –the heart’s pure, unconditional yes—-is love’s essence. And warmth is love’s basic expression, arising as a natural extension of this yes–  — the desire to reach out and touch, connect with, and nourish what we love.  John Welwood
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Unconditional love is the greatest ideal in life and the greatest gift to bestow

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Unconditional love is at the heart of all great spiritual teachings

  • The core of all the great spiritual teachings and teachers can be surmised in a few simple paragraphs. Choose to be easygoing, benign, forgiving, compassionate, and unconditionally loving towards all life in all its expressions. Avoid negativity and the desire for worldliness and its greed for pleasure and possessions.   Seek to understand rather than to condemn. Venerate the teachers of these basic principles and ignore all others. Apply these principles to one’s view of oneself as well as of others.  David R. Hawkins
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Unconditional love is the ultimate lesson of life

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Unconditional love is our great purpose in life

  • Getting on purpose in life – by going within and discovering that purpose is about loving unconditionally and serving, and making contact with what is there about us always – alters one’s worldview dramatically. Wayne Dyer
  • If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow. Elisabeth Kubler- Ross
  • The choice that you, as a soul, have in relation to anything is always to be loving. Do you understand that this is the divine purpose, that all of us as humans have been given…to love unconditionally? John Morton
  • Life is meant to be lived in eternal bliss, infinite freedom, unconditional love and unbounded awareness. Any other life is utterly missing the point of being born a human. MSI
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Unconditional love is the greatest gift of all

  • The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. Brian Tracy
  • Every person is a precious gift, and we are all like little children who yearn for acceptance, safety, and unconditional love. Bryant McGill
  • The greatest gift that one human being can give another is unconditional love. It’s the only thing, ultimately, that really matters. Joy Gardner
  • Love can never possess. Love is giving freedom to the other. Love is an unconditional gift, it is not a bargain. Osho
  • Unconditional love is the greatest gift of all. Sylvia Massara
  • Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. Jean Anouilh
  • Life is a gift
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Unconditional love contains great power for good

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Unconditional love is a potent force

  • Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one. A.J. Jacobs
  • Unconditional love is hard to compete with. Abbi Glines
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Unconditional love nourishes the heart and soul and creates joy

  • Nourish your spirit with stillness. Nourish your mind with knowledge. Nourish your heart with unconditional love. Nourish your body with living food. Nourish your relationships with thoughtfulness. Tim Ong
  • The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul. John Welwood      
  • When we love unconditionally, with our hearts wide open, we feel joyfulness. Arnold Patent
  • I know of no greater joy than extending unconditional love to an offender. Linda Fifer Ralphs
  • When we make the choice to fill our heart space with unconditional love, our worlds blossom into a beauty far greater than we have known. Rio Godfrey
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Unconditional love heals and nurtures

  • I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals. Bernie Siegel
  • Love within a family is unconditional, and this kind of environment is necessary not only for children but also for adults who need a space of healing from wounds inflicted in the marketplace. Joan Mueller
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Unconditional love creates great trust

  • Quality relationships are built on principles – especially the principle of trust. And trust grows out of trustworthiness, out of the character to make and keep commitments, to share resources, to be caring and responsible, to belong, to love unconditionally. Stephen Covey
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Unconditional love is not swayed by time

  • There must be a stronger foundation than mere friendship or sexual attraction. Unconditional love, agape love, will not be swayed by time or circumstances. Stephen Kendrick
  • The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love. Stephen Kendrick
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Let your life be an expression of unconditional love

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Love yourself unconditionally

  • Behold thyself in glory. Love thyself as I love you. In this way you honour Me. It is your duty to love yourself deeply, totally, unconditionally. To see yourself as something of great worth. To do less is to deny the task for which you were born. John Kehoe
  • Love everyone unconditionally… including yourself. Ken Keyes
  • Love yourself unconditionaly, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults. Les Brown
  • I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them. Albert Ellis
  • To create health today, look at yourself in the mirror-especially at the parts you don’t like- and say, “I accept myself unconditionally right now. Christiane Northrup
  • You demonstrate love by giving it unconditionally to yourself. And as you do, you attract others into your life who are able to love you, without conditions. Paul Ferrini
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Have an unconditional love of life

  • When you have an unconditional love of Life, then you love Life just the way it is showing up, right here, right now. This is only possible when you are “seeing the perfection. Neale Donald Walsch
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Let unconditional love be your gift to your children

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The gift of unconditional love is what children need most

  • Remind yourself frequently what your children really want. Let’s face it. Your kids don’t really care if you’re a flight attendant, a salesperson, a waitress, a computer expert, or a chef. No, what really matters to kids is your time—and your willingness to listen and love unconditionally. Period! Richard Carlson
  • Love within a family is unconditional, and this kind of environment is necessary not only for children but also for adults who need a space of healing from wounds inflicted in the marketplace. Joan Mueller
  • Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children. Rosaleen Dickson
  • Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. Isabel Allende
  • “I realize it’s commonplace for parents to say to their child sternly, ‘I love you, but I don’t always like you.’ But what kind of love is that? It seems to me that comes down to, ‘I’m not oblivious to you – that is, you can still hurt my feelings – but I can’t stand having you around.’ Who wants to be loved like that? Given a choice, I might skip the deep blood tie and settle for being liked. I wonder if wouldn’t have been more moved if my own mother had taken me in her arms and said, ‘I like you.’ I wonder if just enjoying your kid’s company isn’t more important. Lionel Shriver
  • “Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children. Rosaleen Dickson
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Being a parent teaches the meaning of unconditional love

  • What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love. Nicholas Sparks
  • Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it. Ann Brashares
  • When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth. Mitch Albom
  • In our country we call this type of mother love teng ai. My son has told me that in men’s writing it is composed of two characters. The first means pain; the second means love. That is a mother’s love. Lisa See
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Believe in yourself as unconditional love

  • Remember, in our inmost being, we are all completely lovable because spirit is love. Beyond what anyone can make you think or feel about yourself, your unconditioned spirit stands, shining with a love nothing can tarnish. Deepak Chopra
  • Many believe that the dawning Age of Light or Age of Consciousness defines itself in relation to our capacity for unconditional love, our ability to transcend enemy patterning and victim consciousness while adopting unity consciousness that sees divinity in all things. From this standpoint, it might be said humans are evolving into a “biologically conscious” species capable of holding and sharing the full light of unconditional love. Sol Luckman
  • The crisis, as well as the opportunity, of our time is to surrender our ego and conditioned fear mechanisms to the primary torsion energy of unconditional love that is seeking to evolve us and is calling us as a species home. Sol Luckman
  • Acknowledging our inner divinity as a step on the path to embodying it is not to be confused with narcissism or individualism, since we must further admit that everyone’s divine birthright is the same limitless creational potential of unconditional love. Sol Luckman
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Believe in a God of unconditional love

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To love unconditionally is to know God

  • Earthly things must be known to be loved; Divine things must be loved to be known. Blaise Pascal
  • To love is to know your Creator. Love is indeed Torah, Bible, Geeta and Quran. Without love all worship is useless. The Love Book
  • To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo
  • Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it. Emily Hilburn Sell
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
  • When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart”, but rather, “I am in the heart of God”. Kahlil Gibran
  • Seek and find the freedom of the spirit, for where there is true freedom, there is peace, and where there is peace, there is love, and it is love that unlocks all doors. Eileen Caddy
  • Love is the force that ignites the spirit. Phil Jackson
  • Love creates new form, changes matter, and holds the cosmos together beyond time and space. It’s in every one of us. It’s what God is. Wayne Dyer
  • Love is our highest word and the synonym for God. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • What is God? The eternal one life underneath all the forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of that one life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it. Therefore, all love is the love of God. Eckhart Tolle
  • Where there is love, there is God also. Leo Tolstoy
  • God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. Bible
  • Outer fire we need to cook. Inner fire we need to liberate.  God’s Fire we need to love.  Sri Chinmoy
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… for God’s love is unconditional

  • God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us. St Augustine
  • If it isn’t about love, it isn’t about God. Susan Jeffers
  • God is love. God accepts you as you are. God expects nothing of you. God does not judge. Nothing makes God unhappy. God would never condemn anyone. You do not need to change anything or “get better” to be seen as perfect and beautiful in God’s eyes. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Where else would God’s love be than right here, now? Michael Jeffreys
  • Love creates new form, changes matter, and holds the cosmos together beyond time and space. It’s in every one of us. It’s what God is. Wayne Dyer
  • If you were listening to the hypnotic voice of your Source you’d be constantly hearing the drum beating that says, “You are loved, and you are worthy, and you are valued and life is supposed to be good for you.” We want nothing more, than for you to begin listening for and train yourself into the vibrational hypnotic trance of Source Energy who knows your value. Abraham-Hicks
  • I asked Jesus … “How much do you love me?” And Jesus said … “This much.” Then He stretched out His arms and died.
  • God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us. Paulo Coelho
  • There is nothing you need to do to make yourself more acceptable to God. You don’t have to work harder, nor do you need to change the kind of work you do.  You don’t have to give more money to charitable organizations.  The reality is, God doesn’t want you to give anyone anything if you only do it to impress God!  God does not love you or find you acceptable because of anything that you do.  God loves you and accepts you because you are a part of God.  Iyanla Vanzant
  • Indeed, a quick glance around this broken world makes it painfully obvious that we don’t need more arguments on behalf of God; we need more people who live as if they are in covenant with Unconditional Love, which is our best definition of God. Robin R. Meyers
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God does not judge

  • We have made up a God in our image. Because we are angry and judgmental, we have projected those characteristics onto Him. But God remains who He is and always will be: He is the energy, the thought of unconditional love. He cannot think with anger or judgment. He is mercy and compassion and total acceptance. Marianne Williamson
  • The Great Mystery never judges you. The Great Mystery supports, nourishes, loves and accepts you totally. And encourages you to do the same. “Love thyself as I love you.” And it is not just you that the Great Mystery loves. It comforts everyone, even the most wicked. Such is its love. None will be punished except those who punish themselves. All is forgiven when you forgive yourself. One thing only is asked of you: that you love and accept yourselves as the universe has loved and accepted you. That is all. John Kehoe
  • Morality is a human creation. The Universe does not judge. Gary Zukav
  • Because we are angry and judgmental, we have projected those characteristics onto Him. But God remains who He is and always will be: He is the energy, the thought of unconditional love.  He cannot think with anger or judgment.  He is mercy and compassion and total acceptance.   Marianne Williamson
  • I do not love “good” more than I love “bad.” Hitler went to heaven. When you understand this, you will understand God. Neale Donald Walsch
  • God is love. There is no judgement and there is no separateness. And the only ‘hell’ is the one we create for ourselves here on Earth. Neale Donald Walsch
  • I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. Albert Einstein
  • Others have judged you, and from their judgments you have judged yourself. Now you want God to judge you, and I will not do it. Neale Donald Walsch
  • There is no such thing as Judgement Day. None, except that which you inflict upon yourself. Neale Donald Walsch
  • I do not believe in a God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. Albert Einstein
  • I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Albert Einstein
  • For many people, God is a frightening idea. Asking God for help doesn’t seem very comforting if we think of Him as something outside ourselves, or capricious, or judgmental.  But God is love and He dwells within us.  We are created in His image, or mind, which means that we are extensions of His love, or Sons and Daughters of God. . . .  Rather than accepting that we are the loving beings that He created, we have arrogantly thought that we could create ourselves, and then create God.  We have made up a God in our image.  Because we are angry and judgmental, we have projected those characteristics onto Him.  But God remains who He is and always will be:  He is the energy, the thought of unconditional love.  He cannot think with anger or judgment.  He is mercy and compassion and total acceptance.   Marianne Williamson
  • You do not understand that love is the basis of all life, nor can you comprehend a love that is unconditional. You imagine that God is a small, petty, jealous deity who says to people bowed in prayer, “Sorry, it’s my way or the highway. Your prayer I hear. Your prayer I don’t, because you didn’t do it right. You did not please me.” In this you turn me into a replica of the worst of humanity. You claim that you are striving to be God- like in your lives… and if this is the God you are striving to be like, you have succeeded brilliantly.  You may thank organized religion for teaching you how.  Neale Donald Walsch
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Learn unconditional love from your dog

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Nothing demonstrates unconditional love like a dog

  • Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day– we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention. Jonathan Carroll
  • I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.  Gilda Radner
  • A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad. Robert Wagner
  • If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can’t we love each other in the same way? Carol McKibben
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Final thoughts

  • Enlightened space, the place of unconditional love, cannot be achieved until and unless one is willing to be comfortable with paradox and confusion. Ralph Walker
  • The crisis, as well as the opportunity, of our time is to surrender our ego and conditioned fear mechanisms to the primary torsion energy of unconditional love that is seeking to evolve us and is calling us as a species home. Sol Luckman
  • Love is unconditional, relationships are not. Grant Gudmundson
  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having. John Perry Barlow
  • Nothing on earth hurts my soul deeper than conditional love. Brooke Bida
  • Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. Hafez of Shiraz
  • Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens. Wayne Dyer
  • For as love has no by-ends, wills nothing but its own increase, so everything is as oil to its flame; it must have that which it wills and cannot be disappointed, because everything (including unkindness on the part of those loved) naturally helps it to live in its own way and to bring forth its own work. William Law
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On a lighter note

  • As my mother used to say …You’ll get unconditional love from me when you’ve earned it.   Drew Hastings
  • A young woman stepped forward from the throng and asked, ‘O’ great prophet, tell us how we might find love that is unconditional, unwavering, and unending.’ The prophet did not answer right away.  He looked off into the distance, gathering his thoughts.  Silence descended upon the crowd.  Then he turned his gaze upon the young woman and said, ‘Get a dog.’  The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (1st draft)
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