The Quotable Spirit Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors A treasury of religious and spiritual quotations from ancient times to the twentieth century
"There is such a thing as the 'unconscious will' of the higher Self which tends always to bring the personality in line with the over-all purpose of the spiritual Self." Roberto Assagioli, contemporary author, 'Psychosynthesis: A Manual of Principles and Techniques'
"We do not 'come into' this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean 'waves', the universe 'peoples'. Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe." Alan Watts (1915-1973), 'The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are'
"It is the will that has brought the child to the earth, otherwise it would not have come. It comes by its own will and it stays by its own will." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Art of Personality'
"I will sing of well-founded Gaia, Mother of All, eldest of all beings, she feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that go upon the goodly land and all that are in the paths of the sea, and all that fly." Homeric Hymn (7th century bce),
"One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce)
"The law of God and also the way to life is written in our hearts; it lies in no man's supposing, nor in any historical opinion, but in a good will and well doing." Jacob Boehme (1571-1624), 'The Confessions'
"Vedanta says there is nothing that is not God….The living God is within you." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Ramakrishna, Address to the Parliament of World Religions
"There is a very slight distinction, if any, between complete, conscious faith and love." Alan Watts (1915-1973), 'This Is IT and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience'
"Then Usata Akrayana asked him: 'O Yajnavalkya!' he said, 'Explain to me what is the Brhaman, immediate and direct, which is the Self within all.' 'It is your Self within all.' 'O Yajnavalkya! Which of the Selves is it that is within all?' 'It is your Self within all which breathes in by your breathing in.'" Brhad Upanishad (900-600 bce)
"He too is a manifestation of the Most High, whom you do not know." Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese poet, 'Jesus, The Son of Man'
"I say to you, there is not God AND man. But there is God-Man or Man-God. There is the One. However multiplied, however divided, it is forever One." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), mystic and author, 'The Book of Mirdad – A Lighthouse and a Haven'
"Doubt is nothing but a trivial agitation on the surface of the soul, while deep down there is a calm certainty." Francois Mauriac (1885-1970), winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, 1952, 'God and Mammon'
"It is an obvious fact that time affects neither God nor the soul." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), 'Meditations'
"Is not the sea – though vast and deep – a single drop? Is not the Earth – though flung so far – a single sphere? Are not the spheres – though numberless – a single universe? Likewise is mankind but a single Man – likewise is Man, with all his worlds, a singleness complete." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), 'The Book of Mirdad – A Lighthouse and a Haven'
"This is the Spiritual Domain. This is the Spirit-World. This is the world of God. God is not merely invisible and inside us. This is the manifestation of God." Da Free John, 'The Fire Gospel'
"There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po'
"God created man for immortality and made him the image of his own eternal self." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha
"Souls are all One. All souls are infinite and eternal. They are formless. All souls are One." Meher Baba (1894-1969), Indian master, 'God Speaks – The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose'
"I am part of the sun as my eyes are part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul." D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), 'Apocalypse'
"It will not be long before the human mass closes in upon itself and groups all its members in a definitively realised unity. Respect for one and the same law, one and the same orientation, one and the same spirit, are tending to overlay the permanent diversity of individuals and nations. Wait but a little longer, and we shall form but one solid block. The cement is setting." Pierre Teilhard deChardin (1881-1955), French priest and paleontologist, 'The Gread Monad'
"This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517
"All eyes that look on me are my sole eyes; the one heart that beats within all breasts is mine." Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), Yogic master, 'Sonnets of Cosmic Consciousness'
"Whatever your walk in life may be, you will only have contentment through knowing yourself by yourself." Yogaswami (1872-1964), 'Positive Thoughts for Daily Meditation'
"It is not a question of analysing yourself. It is a question of seeing yourself." Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan teacher, 'Positive Thoughts for Daily Meditation'
"Mankind is interdependent and the happiness of each depends upon the happiness of all, and it is this lesson that humanity has to learn today as the first and last lesson." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Art of Personality'