We oft forget the brave rebellion that inspired the holiday of Saint Valentine. According to legend, he was imprisoned during the Roman Empire for performing weddings for soldiers, after Claudius II forbade the young men from marrying in fear that it would weaken them.
Indeed, to this day, love is a revolutionary act. Use these words, from some of the world’s most thoughtful prophets and poets as inspiration.
“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.”
“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”
“Do not waste water, even if you were at a running stream.”
“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”
“Our feelings are our most genuine path to knowledge.”
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
“All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.”
“Forever is composed of now.”