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None stand above me.

Except when none stand below me.

Be careful with me...wish for me now, and love me now -- you may fear me seconds later.

I am small, but I have given so much.

I am small, but I have taken so much away.

Hearts in my world there are many -- larger than mine not any.

Who am I?

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You are

an ace.

None stand above me.

Ace is the highest rank.

Except when none stand below me.

Ace can also be the lowest rank.

Be careful with me...wish for me now, and love me now -- you may fear me seconds later.

Aces are used in card games that involve chance, when an ace might help you one moment or help your opponent in another moment.

I am small, but I have given so much.

The ace is sometimes represented with the small number 1. Aces are powerful cards that have won individuals money in popular card games.

I am small, but I have taken so much away.

With their power, aces have also taken money away from the opponents of those receiving them.

Hearts in my world there are many -- larger than mine not any.

Hearts are a suit, and the ace of hearts (sometimes) has the largest heart on it.

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    $\begingroup$ This is the first thing I thought about when I read the puzzle, but I think the whole answer is your answer + "of hearts" $\endgroup$ – Paul Karam Apr 20 '18 at 7:02
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You are

The Death

None stand above me.

Dead people go to heaven.

Except when none stand below me.

When you get burried underground, does nobody stand below you, so everyone on earth stands above you.

Be careful with me...wish for me now, and love me now -- you may fear me seconds later.

People are afraid of the death.

I am small, but I have given so much.

The death has given much pain to relatives.

I am small, but I have taken so much away.

The death takes many lives.

Hearts in my world there are many -- larger than mine not any.

Not very sure about this one but, love for the people who died.

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You are:

A defibrillator.

None stand above me.

Normally a defibrillator is stored away, not in use.

Except when none stand below me.

A defibrillator is needed when someone is having a heart attack. They won't be standing, but paramedics will be standing over them.

Be careful with me...wish for me now, and love me now -- you may fear me seconds later.

The tool is a very dangerous last resort which has to be handled carefully.

I am small, but I have given so much.

Referring to saving lives.

I am small, but I have taken so much away.

Possibly referring to the dangers of using one.

Hearts in my world there are many -- larger than mine not any.

The most direct clue, followed by a bit of personification.

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