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Quotes on love, and choosing it over fear

If you’re looking for quotes on love in a romantic way, this article isn’t about that. I encourage you to stick around anyway because you’ll likely leave with some valuable insights. This article is about love as the ultimate source of good and the opposite of fear.

These quotes on love, and choosing love over fear are about doing your best to always make the loving choice. To act based on love instead of fear.

Quotes on love (and choosing it over fear) won’t change your life on their own. But they can motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to take different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In a roundabout way, quotes on love (or quotes in general) can be an impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes on love and fear is:

“Every human thought, word, or deed is based on fear or love. Fear is the energy which contracts, closes down, draws in, hides, hoards, harms. Love is the energy which expands, opens up, sends out, reveals, shares, heals. You have free choice about which of these to select.”

Neal Donald Walsch

I really like this quote because upon deep inspection, it shows us how often we make decisions that are rooted in fear.

This usually happens before we even notice it.

The most common example is saying things that we really don’t mean. It’s usually in the form of a response to a question.

How are doing? “Good!” You’re really not good…

Does this look good on me? “It looks great!” It really looks terrible…

What about something much more serious though? What if the question is from your significant other such as “Do you still love me?”

Your response is “Of course I do”, but inside you aren’t really sure if you do or not. You’re confused. You sincerely don’t know how you feel at the moment.

The retort “Of course I do” seems to be the only acceptable answer. It isn’t though, and you know it.

You just responded that way because it’s the easiest way to respond in the moment. It avoids the unknown and potential conflict. We are fearful of the unknown.

The response out of love would be whatever is actually on your mind. The loving response willingly dives into the unknown whether conflict arises or not.

Another example could be if your boss asks you how you feel about an idea. It’s very easy to respond with what you think they want to hear, instead of how you actually feel.

I’m sure you can think of many more examples on your own.

The point is that fear is easy and love is hard.

Fearful actions seek the best outcome for the person taking action. Loving actions seek truth and understanding, regardless of the outcome.

What you’ll find is that the happiest and most successful people don’t operate in fear very often.

People operating from love are open to the messiness and uncomfortableness. They don’t shy away from fierce conversations and are better for it.

The above quote might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes on love (and choosing it over fear) resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.  

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

Quotes on Love – and choosing it over fear

“If you want to tap into what life has to offer, let love be your primary mode of being, not fear. Fear closes us down and makes us retreat. It locks doors and limits opportunities. Love is about opening to possibilities. Seeing the world with new eyes. It widens our heart and mind. Fear incarcerates, but love liberates.” Mark Green

— John Mark Green

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

— Abraham Maslow

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

— Nelson Mandela

“I choose love over fear, always. I’d rather burn in the fire after touching something true than not feel anything.”

— Victoria Erickson

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

“It is common to say that we are doing something out of love when we are actually doing it out of fear. Love and fear are complete opposites. So be honest with yourself, are you doing it out of love or are you doing it out of fear?”

— Teal Swan

“If you knew the secret of life, you too would choose no other companion but love.”

— Rumi

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

— Martin Luther King Jr

“From where we are there is always a path toward love. What takes discipline is continually choosing that path.”

— Jesse Pender

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

— Ella Fitzgerald

“Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” — Judy Collins

“We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.”

— Tara Brach

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

— Marianne Williamson

“It can take a long time to know yourself, your fears and your desires, but once you’ll do, magic will happen.”

— Maxime Lagacé

“We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.”

— Margaret Guenther

“The cure for all ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word ‘love.’ It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.”

— Lydia Maria Child

“If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.”

— Henri Nouwen

“The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear.” — William Gurnall

“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.”

— John Green

“The fear of rejection prevents connection, and the only way to get rid of fear is to do the thing you fear the most.”

— Rich Warren

“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be… it really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, your risk is even greater.”

— Erica Jong

“Love is the only power great enough to overcome greed and anger, violence and fear.”

— Jack Kornfield

“We want to be free. Deep down we know this is true. We want to be released from fear and worry, not confined by judgments. We want to allow ourselves to trust, love, express ourselves, and be happy.”

— Jack Kornfield

“Love is our true nature, but as we have seen, it is covered over by a protective layer of fear.”

— Jack Kornfield

“Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.”

— Ram Dass

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.” 

— John Lennon

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Your mind is small, but your heart is big. Your mind is afraid but your heart is full of love.”

— Maxime Lagacé

“If light is love, than fear is its shadow”

— L.J. Vanier

““Our emotions dance in the paradox of love and fear.”

― Debasish Mridha

“Love and fear represent two different lenses through which to view the world. Which I choose to use will determine what I think I see.”

— Marianne Williamson

” No one and nothing can harm us, child, except what we fear and love.”

— Sigrid Undset

” We are made up of two contrasting ideals: Love And Fear. Pick One and Live.”

— Axl Rose

” There is no right or wrong behavior. The only meaningful choice is between fear and love.”

— Gerald Jampolsky

” There are only two emotions – Fear and Love. Go with Love.” — Wayne Dyer

” There is no such thing as a faithless person; we either have faith in the power of love, or faith in the power of fear. For faith is an aspect of consciousness. Have faith in love, and fear will lose its power over you. If you have faith in forgiveness, your self-hatred will fall away. Have faith in miracles, and they will come to you.”

— Marianne Williamson

“Love and fear, the two strongest emotions we have. It all starts with emotion.”

— Peter Schjeldahl

“Love and fear are the two opposite ends of the continuum, as far as I’m concerned. When we are not in love, we are in fear.”

— Jack Canfield

” At any given moment in your life, you have the choice between love and fear. And that’s a choice you make. You make the choice of how you react to events.”

— Jennifer Beals

“Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.”

— Bill Hicks

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