The Virtues of Love

Posted on in Features by Rob Sidon

dancing couple

We live in interesting and increasingly bellicose times. While love is commonly associated with intimacy and romance, love’s virtues subtly pervade the entire creation. For this Love issue, Common Ground proudly celebrates some of these expressions with a small selection of pictures and quotes. These reminders aim to broaden the spotlight on love’s virtues that include compassion, patience, acceptance, truth, courage, generosity, justice, humility, reverence—just to speak a few.

We urge readers to plumb the depths of their own virtuous hearts to re-inspire the investigation of self-love and self-knowledge—and to walk boldly.

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there
can be no more hurt, only more love.”

man and woman

“Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.”

couples kissing

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them feel.”


“Another reason why we must love
our enemies is that hate scars the
soul and distorts the personality.”


“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, conceited, proud, or boastful, it is not arrogant, selfish, irritable, or rude. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up, and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal.”

smiling boy

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


The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of
my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty,
who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.

woman with pigtails and man with mohawk

One doesn’t stay in a state of nirvana by
hiding from difficulties. You stay in nirvana
by lavishing nirvana on everyone you meet,
by giving it away as fast as you receive it.

man paints lips

“Do you want to meet the love of
your life? Look in the mirror.”

man with closed eyes

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who
have known trials, have known struggles, have known
loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

Rita Loyd embracing shadow

We can’t fight darkness with darkness. We
have to find compassion and embrace the
darkness inside in order to transcend it.”

soldier with dog

“Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains

two men are kissing

“Never forget that justice is
what love looks like in public.”

sunset in the mountains

“One man practicing kindness
in the wilderness is worth all
the temples this world pulls.”

two naked men hold hands

“Humility and patience are the
surest proofs of the increase of love.”

statue of kissing people

“Compassion to the poor
is our duty to God.”

man with hat

“One love, one heart. Let’s get
together and feel all right.”

four feet each less than the previous one

“And in the end, the love you take
is equal to the love you make.”

in love African American couple in their eighties and seventies, hugging and kissing, Botswana

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