„We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.“

Source: Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

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„I have to come to realize that God does not want to punish us, but rather, to fulfill our lives. God created us, loves us and wants to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to others.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

Source: Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence

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„Altruism is a barbarism. Love is the word.“

—  John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916

Source: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 170

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„Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.“

—  Tenzin Gyatso spiritual leader of Tibet 1935

As quoted in A Small Drop of Ink: A Collection of Inspirational and Moving Quotations of the Ages (2003) by Linda Pendleton.

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„Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.“

—  Muhammad Ali, book The Soul of a Butterfly

Source: The Soul of a Butterfly (2004), p. xxiv
Context: Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.
In a competition of love we would not be running against one another, but with one another. We would be trying to gain victory for all humanity. If I am a faster runner than you, you may feel bad seeing me pass you in the race, but if you know that we are both racing to make our world better, you will feel good knowing that we are racing toward a common goal, a mutual reward.
In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.

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„God’s purpose of creating human beings is so that we can live loving God as our bridegroom, our lover.“

—  Jung Myung Seok South Korean Leader of New Religious Movement, Poet, Author, Founder of Wolmyeongdong Center 1945

Extracted from the Official English Website on Jung Myung Seok http://jungmyungseok.net/

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„We have only love,
to offer as a prayer,
for all the wrongs in the world.
So… like singing troubadours we’ll go,
singing love wherever we go.“

—  Rod McKuen American poet, songwriter, composer, and singer 1933 - 2015

"Only Love" by Jacques Brel as translated on the album After Midnight (1988)
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„I have believed in love and work, and their linkage. I have believed that we are neither angels nor devils, but humans, with clusters of potentials in both directions. I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.“

—  Max Lerner American journalist and educator 1902 - 1992

Lerner's summary of his life for "Who's Who in America," quoted in Max Lerner, Writer, 89, Is Dead; Humanist on Political Barricades By Richard Severo, The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/06/arts/max-lerner-writer-89-is-dead-humanist-on-political-barricades.html (6 June 1992)

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