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love begets love

If you show love, kindness, and goodwill toward someone, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I feel like we as a people are losing the notion that love begets love these days, choosing instead to attack or criticize other people as our default reaction. I've always taken the stance that love begets love, and, in my own experience, anyway, it has always borne out to be true.
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hate begets hate

If you treat someone with anger, malice, or hatred, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and treat people as kindly as possible, even if they've wronged me in the past. Hate only ever begets hate, after all. It just feels like people only want to attack and tear down anyone with an opposing opinion these days. But hate begets hate, and all we seem to be getting is an ever-rising sea of ill will between each other.
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Love begets love.

Prov. If you behave lovingly to other people, they will behave lovingly to you. Child: I hate Tammy! She's always mean to me. Father: If you're nicer to her, maybe she'll change her ways. Love begets love.
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The key to Basil's argument is his assertion that "we also hear the names in the nature, and a father always begets a son like himself, and we may understand the Father to be the cause of an essence like his.
It is said that books beget books and movies beget movies.
This might be called "positive reinforcement" for politicians, in hopes that a good deed will beget more good deeds, but we have our doubts.
Human beings have two basic passions, "to get and to beget," said Sir William Osler at the turn of the century.
Grinding through the first few pages of Genesis, you may even find yourself sacrilegiously wishing the narrative would just beget on with it.
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The right to marry and beget new life has always been grounded in the duty towards the common good; for society proceeds from the family unit as the organs of the body proceed from its cells.
But Dr Reid said: "Violence can only beget violence and retaliation can only bring a return to the tragic past.
Prince Philip and the Queen were very much part and parcel to the conspiracy of Charles and Diana's betrothal to beget a future Royal family, as it was very clear from an early age that she was a persona non gratis and lured into a non-suitable marriage.
Airlines will lose $5 billion this year, yet they will soon start saving $10 billion through vastly improved technology, according to William Fife, corporate vp of DMJM Harris, summing up the state of the transportation industry where crises seem to beget opportunities.
Unimpeded acts of violence beget acts of increased violence.
Michelangelo Pistoletto's celebrated mirror pieces signaled the broad-based emotional cooling that would beget '60s Pop.
Cumulus clouds often beget cirrus clouds, Lindzen explains.
In Mayerson's puppet theaters, not only are the dead brought to life, but the passions that beget life are taken to their limit, to some form of oblivion wrought either by or against the Law.