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For in our searchings are found all our desires, and we gain victory over our worlds. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it--tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if should really become manifest--if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself--you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say "Here at last is the thing I was made for." We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all. C. S. Lewis (1898)
As the light increases, we see ourselves to be worse than we thought. We are amazed at our former blindness as we see issuing forth from the depths of our heart a whole swarm of shameful feelings, like filthy reptiles crawling from a hidden cave. We never could have believed that we had harbored such things, and we stand aghast as we watch them gradually appear. But while our faults diminish, the light by which we see them waxes brighter, and we are filled with horror. Bear in mind, for your comfort, that we only perceive our malady when the cure begins. Francois Fenelon (1651)
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all;
But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
Martin Luther (1483)
I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water are thirsty. You don't grasp the fact that what is most alive of all is inside your own house; and so you walk from one holy city to the next with a confused look! Kabir (1398)
Each one is bound to his own ideal; he whose ideal is immortal must become immortal himself to attain it. Franz Harman (1838)
Confucius said, "In the archer there is a resemblance to the mature person. When he misses the bull's-eye, he turns and seeks the reason for his failure in himself. Confucius (551 B.C.E.)
I see, hear and know simultaneously and learn what I know as if in a moment. But what I do not see I do not know for I am not learned. St. Hilegard Of Bingen (1098)
Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day. Abraham Lincoln (1809)
He who knoweth not what he ought to know is a brute beast among men; he that knoweth no more than he hath need of, is a man among brute beasts; and he that knoweth all that may be known, is as a God among men. Pythagoras (569 B.C.E.)
History is the display of the supposed advantages of power and intelligence which some men possess over others, of the struggle for existence hypocritically described by ideologists as the struggle for justice and freedom of the ebb and flow of old and new forms of human righteousness, each vying with the rest in solemnity and triviality. . . . Yet one drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things. Karl Barth (1886)
And here I am at last, a very fool, with useless learning curst, no wiser than at first. Goethe (1749)
The creation of a permanent "I" must take place somewhere beyond the sphere of self-love. It must be brought into existence through a series of acts which cannot be initiated by self-love and so cannot start from the admiration of oneself. And for this reason many things are necessary before such acts can be self-initiated. The whole standpoint must change. The standpoint of materialism or sensualism cannot provide the right basis from which to start. Only the recognition that there are higher degrees of reality, and the emotions that such a recognition can rouse, can begin to give the right starting point. For such emotions do not lie in the sphere of the self-love. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller (1880)
Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)
The beauty lies in realizing that you have a right not to be negative, and without that realization you cannot remember yourself. All Self-Remembering has to do with the fact that you came down to this earth, and life here does not correspond with what you came down from, and something in you knows it -- that is, has not forgotten it, and that means remembers it. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
You're water. We're the millstone.
You're wind. We're dust blown up into shapes.
You're spirit. We're the opening and closing of our hands.
You're the clarity. We're this language that tries to say it.
You're joy. We're all the different kinds of laughing.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The body is a device to calculate
the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe
and become oceanic.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
I was sleeping, and being comforted
by a cool breeze, when suddenly a gray dove
from a thicket sang and sobbed with longing,
and reminded me of my own passion.
I had been away from my own soul so long,
so late-sleeping, but that dove's crying
woke me and made me cry. Praise
to all early-waking grievers!
Adi Al-Riea (766)
Therefore there is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace and my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him, I will find myself, and if I find my true self, I will find Him. Thomas Merton (1915)
When I attained Absolute Perfect Enlightenment, I attained absolutely nothing. That is why it is called Absolute Perfect Enlightenment. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
Energy is Eternal Delight. William Blake (1757)
I never think upon eternity without receiving great comfort. For I say to myself: how could my soul grasp the idea of everylastingness, if the two were not related in some way? St. Francis De Sales (1567)
In the year 1141 of the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God, when I was forty-two years and seven months of age, a fiery light, flashing intensely, came from the open vault of heaven and poured through my whole brain. Like a flame that is hot without burning it kindled all my heart and all my breast . . . And suddenly I could understand what such books as the . . . Old and New Testament actually set forth. St. Hilegard Of Bingen (1098)
"Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. "- Montesquieu
"Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. "- Vernon Howard
"God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal......... God is the parent mind and man is God's spiritual offspring. "- Mary Baker Eddy
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Lao Tse
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