The Quotable Spirit Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors A treasury of religious and spiritual quotations from ancient times to the twentieth century
"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'
"These bodies are perishable; but the dwellers in these bodies are eternal, indestructible, and impenetrable." The Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce),
"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 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'
"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
"That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself." 'Dadistan-i-dinik', 94, 5 (Zoroastrian text)
"The highest wisdom is kindness." The Talmud (ca. 500)
"Hail to thee, mighty Lord, all-potent Vishnu! Soul of the universe, unchangeable, holy, eternal, always one in nature." Vishnu Purana
"Throughout this varied and eternal world Soul is the only element." Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet, 'Queen Mab'
"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'
"Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682),
"One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce)
"He who watches over the birds, beasts and insects, He who cared for you whilst you were yet in your mother's womb, shall he not care for you now that you have come forth?" Kabir (1440?-1518), Indian Sufi master, 'One Hundred Poems of Kabir'
"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'
"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'
"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),
"I find good people good and I find bad people good, if I am good enough." Lao-Tzu (6th century bce), Chinese founder of Taoism, 'The Way of Life'
"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),
"Joy is the realization of onenes, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet
"Humility, unostentatiousness, non-injuring, forgiveness, simplicity, purity, steadfastness, self-control; this is declared to be wisdom; what is opposed to this is ignorance." Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce)
"True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods." Aristotle (384-322 bce), 'Politics'
"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)
"God created man for immortality and made him the image of his own eternal self." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha
"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'
"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'