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The Quotable Spirit
Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors
A treasury of religious and spiritual quotations from ancient times to the twentieth century

1 "Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682),

2 "In every human being there is a special heaven, whole and unbroken." Paracelsus (1493-1541), German-Swiss physician and alchemist, 'Essential Writings'

3 "If man speaks or acts with a pure mind, joy follows him as his own shadow." The Dhammapada (3rd century bce), 'The Path to Perfection'

4 "Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never; never was time it was not; end and beginning are dreams! Birthless and deathless and changeless remains the spirit forever." The Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce),

5 "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'

6 "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'

7 "Through it all man is marching from epoch to epoch towards the fullest realization of his soul, - the soul which is greater than the things man accumulates, the deeds he accomplishes, the theories he builds; the soul whose onward course is never checked by death or dissolution….Yes, they are coming, the pilgrims, one and all – coming to their true inheritance of the world, they are ever broadening their consciousness, ever seeking a higher and higher unity, ever approaching nearer to the one central Truth which is all-comprehensive." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), 'Soul Consciousness'

8 "There is One Reality, the Unmanifested-Manifested. Ever-existent, He is Naam (Conscious Spirit), the Creator, pervading all." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'

9 "Consideration is the greatest of all virtues, for in consideration all virtues are born. Veneration for God, courtesy towards others, respect of those who deserve it, kindness to those who are weak and feeble, sympathy with those who need it, all these come from consideration." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan'

10 "We need the courage as well as the inclination to consult, and profit from, the wisdom traditions of mankind." E. F. Schumacher

11 "The Self of all creatures, the One Controller, who makes his one form into many objects is seen by the wise to exist inside them." Katha Upanishad (900-600 bce),

12 "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'

13 "You are a part of the Infinite. This is your nature. Hence you are your brother's keeper." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902),

14 "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),

15 "All things are manifestations of His Will." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'

16 "All in one and one in all." Wei Lang (ca. 80 bce), philosopher, 'The Sutra'

17 "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'

18 "Justice is immortal." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha

19 "There is no dichotomy between spirit and flesh, no split between Godhead and the World….Spiritual union is found in life within nature, passion, sensuality – through being fully human, fully one's self." Starhawk

20 "God created man for immortality and made him the image of his own eternal self." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha

21 "To train in compassion is to know all beings are the same and suffer in similar ways, to honor all those who suffer, and to know you are neither separate from nor superior to anyone." Sogyal Rinpoche, contemporary Buddhist monk and author, 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'

22 "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'

23 "To the question 'What must I do to free myself?' Zen replies: 'There is nothing you need do since you have never been enslaved and since there is nothing in reality from which you can free yourself." Hubert Benoit, contemporary French philosopher, 'The Supreme Doctrine'

24 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads'

25 "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest….whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report….think on these things, these things do, and the God of peace shall be with you." Elizabeth Clinton (1574-1630?), English author, Letters

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite