Fifth Perspective

Goodwill: An Interlude

 1          Goodwill is love particularized, is love in moral action.

  2         Goodwill: A kindly feeling: well-wishing, benevolence, friendliness; a will acting freely from pure disinterested motives; an open, charitable attitude, without reservation or bitterness; a willingness to be fair-minded or impartial; good intention; virtuous inclination or disposition; cheerful consent; heartiness; readiness.

  3         Goodwill is the man of action’s religion.

  4         Goodwill is to be applied not only to others but to oneself as well — especially toward oneself!

  5         A person of goodwill is always ready for a smile — she can’t help herself. She brightens the day just as does the sun; but she has one advantage over the sun: she even brightens a sunless day.

  6         Goodwill is love anthropomorphized.

  7         She of goodwill surely gets angry, but never in spite or resentment, or rancor. Good-willed anger is anger justified and gauged rightly.

  8         Goodwill can’t but help being on the verge of joyful tears of love and sympathy toward everyone worthy of it.

  9         Goodwill is just that: willed goodness — goodness strong and directed; goodness wrapped in refined judgment and subtle sensitivity.

The Love Testament: Fifth Perspective


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Love is the outreach of self toward completion. –A minister

It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist. –A woman writer

It is something – it can be everything –to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below. -A man / writer

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still. –A man / A writer

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him, “What are you going through?” Simone Weil / French philosopher

It is not love, but lack of love, that is blind. –A woman

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A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -A man

It is a lovely thing to have a husband and wife developing together and having the feeling of falling in love again. That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life. -A man

In my Sunday School class there was a beautiful little girl with golden curls. I was smitten at once and still am. -HT /American President / on his wife Bess

Love cures people, the ones who receive love and the ones who give it, too. -KM a man /psychiatrist

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality…the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. -Jose Ortega Y. Gasset

It’s terrifying to care, of course, and the young man whom I once heard say to the girl whose hand he was holding, “Shit, I think I love you,” in the ominous tones of someone declaring that he was coming down with the plague, probably put the fear that accompanies loving as graphically as it can be put. –MS / A woman writer

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You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love, you have to deserve your father’s.

-Robert Frost / American poet

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife. -Will Durant – historian [on his 90th birthday]

You can see them alongside the shuffleboard courts in Florida or on the porches of the -sometimes they would have denied it. And because they have been in love they have survived everything that life could throw at them, even their own failures.

–  A man / On a long-married couple

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.
– A man / from a sermon

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

– Erich Fromm

The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity – love. And the story of a love is not important – what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.

-A woman /HH actress

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

-Carl Jung

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Oh, love is real enough, you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy –and that is life. -Jean Anouilh / French playwright

To love is to escape through one being the mediocrity of others.

-AB / man: French writer

Men would like to love themselves but they usually find that they cannot. That is because they have built an ideal image of themselves which puts their real self in the shade. -BB / man: British writer

Love without attachment is light. -NB /man: American philosopher

Until man learns to accept his fellow man with all his faults, as well as his virtues, there can be no peace, no joy, no real understanding.

                                      -Henry Miller / American writer

The origin of the modern party is anthropological: humans meet and share food to lower the hostility between them and indicate friendship.

                                                   -BW /woman: American TV reporter

I sought my soul but my soul I could not see. I sought my God but my God eluded me. I sought my brother – and I found all three.

                                      -quoted by London Church News Service May 86

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To love is to allow abuse. -PR / m / French writer

You’ve got to love something enough to kill it. -MS / m / American film director

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

-P U / m /British actor

Love is not consolation, it is light. -Simone Weil / w. French philosopher

Love is the only effective counter to death. -MD /woman: British writer

Romance and work are great diversions to keep you from dealing with yourself.

-C / woman: singer /actress

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

-MA /woman: American author

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The Eternal Feminine draws us onward. – Goethe

First Perspective: The Power of Love

[Written Just Before Falling in Love with My Wife-to-be – in Anticipation]

  1        One must be strong to love.

  2        Love has to be reserved, not given too effusively; otherwise it will be misunderstood, mistaken, even resented, if the other is not able to reciprocate.

  3        In the beginning stages of love, one must be assured that he is not so all loving, that he is incapable of hate or lust or resentment, and all other familiar self-needs and expressions.

  4        It is hard to love without feeling, because much is required — too much for many.

  5        To love fully is to be aware of loving.

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