"The courage of despair is the opposite of the courage of love, just as the faith in power is the opposite of the faith in life."
"[T]he logical fallacy in the notion that love for others and love for oneself are mutually exclusive should be stressed. If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being, it much be a virtue--and not a vice--to love myself, since I am a human being too. There is no concept of man in which I myself am not included."
"If I truly love one person I love all persons, I love the world, I love life. If I can say to somebody else, 'I love you,' I must be able to say, 'I love you in everybody, I love you through the world, I love you in also myself'."
"In giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him; in truly giving, he cannot help receiving that which is given back to him. Giving implies to make the other person a giver also and they both share in the joy of what they have brought to life."