"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving," according to a quote from Ann Landers. Mother Theresa speaks of the selflessness of love: "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." H. Jackson Brown Jr. echoes this sentiment by saying, "Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own."
Many people speak about their need for love. George Sand says, "There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved." Mahatma Gandhi proclaims, "Where there is love there is life."
Peter Ustinov speaks of a compassionate love when he says, "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." An old proverb offers the advice, "Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow." Thich Nhat Hanh disagrees, saying, "The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."
Marilyn Monroe sums it up nicely by saying, "It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone."