„There is a striking resemblance between the act of love and the ministrations of a torturer.“

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Angela Carter
englische Schriftstellerin 1940 - 1992

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Charles Baudelaire Foto

„The act of love strongly resembles torture or surgery.“

—  Charles Baudelaire French poet 1821 - 1867
Journaux intimes (1864–1867; published 1887), Fusées (1867), L’amour ressemblait fort à une torture ou à une opération chirurgicale. III http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Fus%C3%A9es#III

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Octave Mirbeau Foto

„“Murder is born in love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.” (Garden of Tortures)“

—  Octave Mirbeau French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright 1848 - 1917

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Jiddu Krishnamurti Foto

„Love does not compare, and so the envy and torture of "becoming" cease.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
1960s, Context: Learning in the true sense of the word is possible only in that state of attention, in which there is no outer or inner compulsion. Right thinking can come about only when the mind is not enslaved by tradition and memory. It is attention that allows silence to come upon the mind, which is the opening of the door to creation. That is why attention is of the highest importance. Knowledge is necessary at the functional level as a means of cultivating the mind, and not as an end in itself. We are concerned, not with the development of just one capacity, such as that of a mathematician, or a scientist, or a musician, but with the total development of the student as a human being. How is the state of attention to be brought about? It cannot be cultivated through persuasion, comparison, reward or punishment, all of which are forms of coercion. The elimination of fear is the beginning of attention. Fear must exist as long as there is an urge to be or to become, which is the pursuit of success, with all its frustrations and tortuous contradictions. You can teach concentration, but attention cannot be taught just as you cannot possibly teach freedom from fear; but we can begin to discover the causes that produce fear, and in understanding these causes there is the elimination of fear. So attention arises spontaneously when around the student there is an atmosphere of well-being, when he has the feeling of being secure, of being at ease, and is aware of the disinterested action that comes with love. Love does not compare, and so the envy and torture of "becoming" cease. "Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning" (1963), Introduction http://www.jkrishnamurti.com/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=38&chid=331, J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 261, p. 13, 2005 edition

Winston S. Churchill Foto

„…the war between the Nazis and the Communists; the war of the non-God religions, waged with the weapons of the twentieth century. The most striking fact about the new religions was their similarity. They substituted the devil for God and hatred for love.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
The 1930s, Speech at the Albert Hall, London (3 December 1936) at a cross-party meeting organised by the League of Nations Union "in defence of freedom and peace", quoted in The Times (4 December 1936), p. 18

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Victor Hugo Foto

„To love is to act“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Aimer, c'est agir Last words of his diary, written two weeks before his death, published in Victor Hugo : Complete Writings (1970), edited by Jean-Jacques Pauvert

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„If we judge love by the majority of its results, it resembles hatred more than friendship.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678), Si on juge de l'amour par la plupart de ses effets, il ressemble plus à la haine qu'à l'amitié. Maxim 72.

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Johannes Tauler Foto

„This food of love draws the soul above distinction or difference, beyond resemblance to divine unity. This is what happens to the transfigured spirit.“

—  Johannes Tauler German theologian 1300 - 1361
Sermons, From Our Daily Bread, When the divine heat of love has drawn out all the moisture, heaviness, unfitness, then this holy food plunges such a one into the life of God. As Our Lord himself said to St Augustine, "I am the food of the strong: believe and feast on me. You will not change me into yourself; rather you will be changed into me".

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„While religion prescribes brotherly love in the relations among the individuals and groups, the actual spectacle more resembles a battlefield than an orchestra.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
1940s, Religion and Science: Irreconcilable? (1948), Context: While religion prescribes brotherly love in the relations among the individuals and groups, the actual spectacle more resembles a battlefield than an orchestra. Everywhere, in economic as well as in political life, the guiding principle is one of ruthless striving for success at the expense of one's fellow men. This competitive spirit prevails even in school and, destroying all feelings of human fraternity and cooperation, conceives of achievement not as derived from the love for productive and thoughtful work, but as springing from personal ambition and fear of rejection. There are pessimists who hold that such a state of affairs is necessarily inherent in human nature; it is those who propound such views that are the enemies of true religion, for they imply thereby that religious teachings are Utopian ideals and unsuited to afford guidance in human affairs. The study of the social patterns in certain so-called primitive cultures, however, seems to have made it sufficiently evident that such a defeatist view is wholly unwarranted.

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