Affection, Friendship, Love

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Brené Brown

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Jane Austen

“Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”

― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

W.H. Auden

“If equal affection cannot be,

Let the more loving one be me.”

― W.H. Auden

Vera Nazarian

“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation

Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.

Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?

So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Gretchen Rubin

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
― Gretchen RubinThe Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Drew Barrymore

“Oh, I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug 10 people at a time!”

― Drew Barrymore

Affection, Friendship, Love

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