“Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.”
This quote, from Buddha, is one of many warm, useful sayings in Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart. From religious texts to scientists to novelists and pop icons, author Allen Klein draws on a host of sources to form this quintessential collection of wisdom on love.
With a season of graduations and weddings ahead, not to mention anniversaries and forgotten birthdays, it’d be smart to have several copies of this book on hand. There is nothing not to like about it. But as marketable as the text is for gift-giving, it’s also a great idea to keep your own copy for lonely times. Flipping through it at the beginning or end of each day can give you a little boost.
Klein is no stranger to helping people enhance their lives with earlier books like Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas (2010), Inspiration for a Lifetime: Words of Wisdom, Delight, and Possibility (2010), Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss (2011), and The Art of Living Joyfully: How to be Happier Every Day of the Year (2012). I suspect that working on these earlier publications, he compiled notebooks full of good quotes.
The most helpful thing Klein does, aside from giving us 500+ great sayings, is to separate them by type. Chapters like “What is Love,” “Falling in Love,” “Mother’s Love,” “Unconditional Love,” “Loving Yourself,” and “Loving Couples” allow you to find the perfect words for any special moment where you’d like to share a meaningful thought as well as your love.
There are quotes from literary figures on inspiration: “It is love, not faith, that removes mountains” (George Sand). There are quotes from peacemakers and political leaders: “Where there is love, there is life” (Mahatma Gandhi). And there is even hope from singer and actor Cher: “If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”
If you’re feeling lonely, this is an incredibly affordable way to chase away the blues. And, anyone with family and friends will appreciate this little book, even if they don’t gush when they open the gift. Pearl Bailey’s “What the world needs is more love and less paperwork” will ensure that even the most seasoned businessman will tuck this away after finding that, yes, quotations from the heart apply in all chapters of one’s life.
Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart
Viva Editions, December, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages