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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

    Source: The Problem of Pain
Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.

    Source: The Problem of Pain
God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.

    Source: The Problem of Pain
Pure, spiritual, intellectual love shot form their faces like barbed lightning. It was so unlike the love we experience that its expression could easily be mistaken for ferocity.

    Source: Perelandra
God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.

    Source: The Problem of Pain
Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

    Source: Answers to Questions on Christianity
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.

    Source: C. S. Lewis, 'The Pilgrim's Regress'
To love is to be vulnerable.
Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.
When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.
Love is the great conqueror of lust.
All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that "God is love." But they seem not to notice that the words 'God is love' have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love.

    Source: Beyond Personality, Macmillan, 1948, p. 21.
He loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.
In some way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.
Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

    Source: Mere Christianity, p. 99.
On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him.
To ask that God's love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.
When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

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