\”Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.\” – Attributed to `Abdu\’l-Baha
A friend and I just looked up the source for this quote. Yeah, turns out it\’s not much of a quote. I mean, it\’s lovely and poetic, but I can\’t find it in that form. The closest we came was in \”Daily Lessons Received at Akka\” by Helen S. Goodall and Ella Goodall Cooper.
Abdu\’l-Bahá brought us flowers or oranges or grapefruit from the wonderful Ridvan nearly every day and also gave us delicious grapes from a vine that was planted by His own hand. (This vine yields seven crops of grapes every year, and these particular grapes were the seventh yield.)
His constant shower of material and spiritual favors caused us to exclaim that we did not deserve so many blessings, and while we received and received everything from Him, we were unable to give Him anything in return.
He replied, simply, \”That is what I am here for–to give, and not to receive.\”
When we deprecated the trouble it must be to answer so many questions and to give us so much time, He replied, \”Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and–there is always time.\”
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I can assume this is one of those cases where someone read the book, was telling a friend about it and paraphrased it. The friend wrote down the paraphrase and that was what\’s vaguely quoted by all and sundry, including a great song by Conrad Lambert.