„If he forbid you, do not you forbid him. Rather labour, and watch, and pray the more, to confirm your love toward him. If he speak all manner of evil of you, speak all manner of good (that is true) of him.“
„If you do a good act, it cancels the effects of your evil deeds. If one prays, takes the Name of God and thinks of Him, the effects of evil are cancelled.“
— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
„If you try, everything you strive for will come close to you, and you will reap the benefit. May God give you that help, that grace, that wisdom, and His qualities. May He do what is good. If you believe in Him, He will never let go of you. If you intend Him, He will come looking for you. If you call Him, He will call you. If you love Him, He will love you. If you search for Him, He will search for you. Know this. Amin. Amin.“
— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Sri Lankan Sufi leader 1900 - 1986
„Commanding goodness and forbiding to do evil (are) for the amendment and correction of society and the common folks.“
— Fatimah daughter of Muhammad and Khadijah 605 - 632
Ayan al-Shī‘ah, vol.1, p. 316.
„Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother and for your enemy, that he may by loving become your brother. … Even he that does not as yet believe in Christ … love him, and love him with fraternal love. He is not yet thy brother, but love him precisely that he may be thy brother.“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
„“Hey, what is this,” he asked.
“I guess maybe you could call it like love,” Caroline said.
“Whaddaya mean, love?” Chet asked. “Your contract expressly forbids you to fall in love during the duration of your tenth kill, and it furthermore explicitly forbids you to fall in love with your Victim.”
“Love,” Caroline said coolly, “existed a long time before contracts.”
“Contracts,” Martin said viciously, “are a lot more enforceable than love.”“
— Robert Sheckley American writer 1928 - 2005
Chapter 16 (pp. 136-137)
— Christopher Marlowe English dramatist, poet and translator 1564 - 1593
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
„[Oblomov:] "Picture a thief or a fallen woman or a cheated fool, if you like, but do not forget the rest of mankind. What about humanity, pray? Writers like yourself try to write only with the head. What? Do you suppose the intellect can work separately from the heart? Why, the intellect needs love to fertilize it. Rather, stretch out your hand to the fallen and raise him, weep over him if he is lost beyond recall, but in no case make sport of him, for he is one to whom there should be extended only compassion. See in him yourself, and act accordingly. That done, I will read you, and bow my head before you." [... ] "Give me man, and man alone" said Oblomov. "And, having given me him, do you try to love him."“
— Ivan Goncharov Russian writer 1812 - 1891
"Oblomov", Part I Chapter II by I. Goncharov, translated by C. J. Hogarth
„"You love God, don't you?" Nicholson asked, with a little excess of quietness. "Isn't that your forte, so to speak? From what I heard on that tape and from what Al Babcock —" "Yes, sure, I love Him. But I don't love Him sentimentally. He never said anybody had to love Him sentimentally," Teddy said. "If I were God, I certainly wouldn't want people to love me sentimentally. It's too unreliable."“
— Jerome David Salinger American writer 1919 - 2010