Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. — Pope Saint John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis 10, 1979
The opposite of love is not hate; it is use.
You must remember to love people and use things, rather than use people and love things.
— Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Love is not primarily a feeling, though it can be accompanied by feeling. That’s the confusion of our time; confusing love’s feeling with love itself. Love actually is a great act of the will. It’s when I say, “I desire your good, not for my sake but for yours.” When we love, we escape the black hole of our own clinging egotism and live for someone else; to love is to leap ecstatically out of self.
— Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Father Robert Barron
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
— John 15:9
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
— John 15:12–14
This I command you: love one another.
— John 15:17
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
— John 13:35
If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
— John 15:18
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
— Romans 13:8