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Some of my favorite thoughts on love: A Whitney Houston typology

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

It is hard to avoid thinking about love on a day like Valentine’s Day. This blog is particularly partial to the idea that even love is constructed around this element called race. So, many of my posts have been dedicated to exploring that concept.

Today, I also would like to think about how Whitney Houston has shaped messages about love through her music. Her music is like the older sister I always wanted — she asked the questions I asked, she found heartbreak along the way, found the greatest love of all by teaching us to love ourselves, then shared the love with others (you’re love is my love. my love is your love). So to honor this day of love, I put together some of my favorite quotes on love and organized them around a Whitney Houston typology. Let me know if you agree with how these are categorized!

My students sometimes ask me “Blanca, why should I love anyway? It hurts!” I learned to respond in this way: Love because you are love. We are made of this stuff.

With love, from me, to you. And to you, Whitney Houston. For providing the soundtrack to many of the love moments of my life. Rest in love.

“I’m Every Woman” Love
Love hard where you can. Forgive when you can. Move forward because you can. Respect where deserved. Apologize when you should. Speak up. Do good ~ Jill Scott

I always get what I aim for…and your heart and soul is what I came for. ~ Sarah Vaughan

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. ~ bell hooks

“Exhale” love
There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic partners. ~ bell hooks

Being loving does not mean we will not be betrayed. Love helps us face betrayal without losing heart.~ bell hooks

Self-love = Inner Peace. Whatever your emotional state is…happy, sad, stressed, angry, etc. Love yourself right now ~ Mary Allen

The idea of falling in love with a good man still lingers. But now I look forward to falling in love with a man whose goodness brings out the goodness in me. The rest is insignificant. ~ Doris Tan

“Your love is my love. My love is your love” kind of love
Where there is love there is life. ~ Indira Gandhi

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Love is freedom. The freedom to express the most joyous part of Who You Are. ~ Neale D. Walsch

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love ~ Rumi, Sufi poet

No one has made more sacrifices to realize the completion of this work than Leith Mullings. For more than a decade, she has been my constant companion and intellectual compass as I have attempted to reconstruct the past. This work is hers. ~ Manning Marable, 2011.

“I want to Dance with Somebody” love
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now & then doesn’t hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile. ~ Mother Theresa

“ I will always love you” love
The way we grieve is informed by whether we know love. ~ bell hooks

Today I believe in the possibility of love; that is why I endeavor to trace its imperfections, its perversions. ~ Frantz Fanon

For Valentine’s Day, I want to celebrate undocumented love ~ Julio Salgado

“Didn’t we almost have it all” love
Love does not bring an end to difficulties; it gives us the strength to cope with difficulties in a constructive way. ~ bell hooks

Spend your love wisely. ~ Dream Hampton

“Why does it hurt so bad” love
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing ~ Albert Einstein

If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

If you can love the wrong person that much, stop and think of how much you can love the right one ~ unknown

The idea that love and romance are pure social categories that we inhabit without political consequences is equally naïve ~ Crunk Feminist

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Theresa

I faced it at that moment: Montgomery meant nothing to my husband. He hadn’t heard the signal to rise. “The brother” meant nothing to him. He didn’t feel the emotion pulsing rhythmically under his skin when the halting, crippled words of a front-line fighter like Moses Wright, the ancient uncle of Emmett Till, were lined out like a hymn at a mass meeting…He could only say pedantically that it was all part of the ‘struggle against man’s inhumanity to a man’. But he could not exult in the struggle. ~ Almena Lomax

“How will I know?” love
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library ~Jorge Luis Borges

Love doesn’t limit itself to relationships. It is a celebration of life ~ Paulo Coelho

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

Love is the only emotion that expands intelligence. ~ Humberto Maturana

Love is friendship set on fire. ~ unknown

“You give good love” love
After all this time, Sun has never said to Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the whole world. ~ Rumi

I have found that to love and be loved is the most empowering and exhilarating of all human emotions. ~ Jane Goodall

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.~ Oscar Wilde

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. ~ Mother Teresa

“The Greatest Love Of All” love
At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality… We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force. ~ Che Guevara

I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. ~ Maya Angelou

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Think about what you do for the people you love most. And then ask yourself, “now what would it look like to do that for myself?” ~ Tara Sophia Mohr

We have the body we have because it is precisely the vehicle in which we can best do what we came to do ~ dr. chris northrup

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs

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