Quotes for "The Not So Foolish Fairy"
Spiritual Quotes Illustrating the Principle of Love
You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Christianity Matthew 5.43-48
May generosity triumph over niggardliness,
May love triumph over contempt.
Zoroastrianism Excerpted fromYasna 60.5
As a mother with her own life guards the life of her own child, let all-embracing thoughts for all that lives be thine.
Buddhism Khuddaka Patha, Metta Sutta
Anas and "Abdullah reported God's Messenger as saying, "All (human) creatures are God's children, and those dearest to God are those who treat His children kindly."
Islam Hadith of Baihaqi
Treat the aged of your own family in a manner befitting their venerable age and extend this treatment to the aged of other families; treat your own young in a manner befitting their tender age and extend this to the young of other families, and you can roll the empire on your palm. . . In other word, all you have to do is take this very heart here and apply it to what is over there. Hence one who extends his bounty can bring peace to the Four Seas; one who does not cannot bring peace even to his own family.
Confucianism Mencius I.A.7
Have benevolence toward all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill behaved.
Jainism Tattvarthasutra 7.11
The bodhisattva should adopt the same attitude toward all beings, his mind should be even toward all beings, he should not handle others with an uneven mind, but with a mind which is friendly, well-disposed, helpful, free from aversions, avoiding harm and hurt; he should handle others as if they were his mother, father, son, or daughter. As a savior of all beings should a bodhisattva behave toward all beings. So should he train himself if he wants to know full enlightenment.
Buddhism Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines 321-22
Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai said, "Go forth and see which is the good way to which a man should cleave." Rabbi Eliezar said, "A good eye"; Rabbi Joshua said, "A good friend"; Rabbi Jose said, "A good neighbor"; Rabbi Simeon said, "One who foresees the fruit of an action"; Rabbi Elazar said, "A good heart." Thereupon he said to them, "I approve the words of Elazar . . . for in his words yours are included."
Judaism Mishnah, Abot 2.13
Gentle character it is which enables the rope of life to stay unbroken in one's hand.
African Traditional Religions Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
What sort of religion can it be without compassion? You need to show compassion to all living beings. Compassion is the root of all religious faiths.
Hinduism Basavanna, Vacana 247
Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.
Islam Qur'an 39.10
Love covers a multitude of sins.
Christianity 1 Peter 4.8
A man once asked the Prophet what was the best thing in Islam, and the latter replied, "It is to feed the hungry and to give the greeting of peace both to those one knows and to those one does not know.
Islam Hadith of Bukhari
I have three treasures. Guard and keep them:
The first is deep love,
The second is frugality,
The third is not to dare to take the lead in the world.
Because of deep love, one is courageous.
Because of frugality, one is generous.
Because of not daring to take the lead in the world, one becomes the leader of the world.
Now, to be courageous by forsaking deep love, to be generous by forsaking frugality, and to take the lead in the world by forsaking following behind-this is fatal.
For deep love helps one to win in case of attack, and to be firm in the case of defense.
When Heaven is to save a person, Heaven will protect him through deep love.
Taoism Tao Te Ching 67
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Christianity John 15.13
It is not always physical bravery that counts. One must have the courage to face life as it is, to go through sorrows and always sacrifice oneself for the sake of others.
African Traditional Religions Kipsigis Saying (Kenya)
God drives away flies for a cow which has no tail.
African Traditional Religions Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me."
Christianity Romans 15.1-3
"I should be a hostel for all sentient beings, to let them escape from all painful things. I should be a protector for all sentient beings, to let them all be liberated from all afflictions. I should be a refuge for all sentient beings, to free them from all fears. . .
"I should accept all sufferings for the sake of sentient beings, and enable them to escape from the abyss of immeasurable woes of birth and death. I should accept all suffering for the sake of all sentient beings in all worlds, in all states of misery, for ever and ever, and still always cultivate foundations of goodness for the sake of all beings. Why? I would rather take all this suffering on myself than to allow sentient beings to fall into hell. I should be a hostage to those perilous places-hells, animal realms, the nether world-as a ransom to rescue all sentient beings in states of woe and enable them to gain liberation."
Buddhism Garland Sutra 23
A lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying., "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."
Christianity Luke 10.25-28p
The world stands upon three things: upon the Law, upon worship and upon showing kindness.
Judaism Mishnah, Abot 1.2
Rabbi Baruqa of Huza often went to the marketplace at Lapet. One day, the prophet Elijah appeared to him there, and Rabbi Baruqa asked him, "Is there anyone among all these people who will have a share in the World to Come?" Elijah answered, "There is none." Later, two men came to the marketplace, and Elijah said to Rabbi Baruqa, "Those two will have a share in the World to Come!" Rabbi Baruqa asked the newcomers, "What is your occupation?" They replied, "We are clowns. When we see someone who is sad, we cheer him up. When we see two people quarrelling, we try to make peace between them.
Judaism Talmud, Taanit 22a
Bodhisattvas see all beings like parents see their only son. They are delighted to see him practicing goodness, but when their son is ill they are filled with empathy and are constantly concerned. Likewise when Bodhisatvas see any being enmeshed in the illness of illusion, their hearts ache with compassion.
Buddhism Mahaparinirvana Sutra,
Taken from "The Wisdom of the Tibetan Lamas"