The Quotable Spirit Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors A treasury of religious and spiritual quotations from ancient times to the twentieth century
"Throughout this varied and eternal world Soul is the only element." Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet, 'Queen Mab'
"True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods." Aristotle (384-322 bce), 'Politics'
"The soul is the mirror of an indestructible universe." G. W. Leibniz (1646-1716), German philosopher, 'The Monadology'
"I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one: one I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last. He is the outward, he is the inward." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)
"Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads'
"In the Buddhist approach, life and death are seen as one whole, where death is the beginning of another chapter of life. Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected." Sogyal Rinpoche, contemporary Buddhist monk and author, 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'
"God is one….He sees as a Whole, perceives as a Whole, hears as a Whole." Xenophanes (570-475 bce), Greek philosopher, fragment
"One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce)
"Divinity is not in some remote heaven, seated on a throne. Divinity is love….Wherever goodness, beauty, truth, love, are – there is the divine." Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), Liberal Protestant minister, teacher, author, 'The Hope of the World'
"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),
"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'
"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'
"The soul-journey resembles very much the sort of adventure one encounters in folklore and myth." Paul Zeig (1935-1984), American author, 'The Adventurer'
"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'
"God has given us no quality that cannot be used for good." Sidney Greenberg, author and social commentator, 'Say Yes to Life'
"That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself." 'Dadistan-i-dinik', 94, 5 (Zoroastrian text)
"No form or shape has the incorporeal One most holy, beyond comparison. He was ere aught was made in heaven or earth; but His existence has no date or birth." The Kaddish, Prayers for the Pilgrim Festivals
"All things are manifestations of His Will." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'
"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
"We need the courage as well as the inclination to consult, and profit from, the wisdom traditions of mankind." E. F. Schumacher
"The body is affected by everything that is happening around you; it is not separate from what is happening around you. Whatever is happening there, is also happening here." U. G. Krishnamurti (b. 1918), 'Conversations with a Man Called U. G.'
"All in one and one in all." Wei Lang (ca. 80 bce), philosopher, 'The Sutra'
"Justice is immortal." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha
"To Zen, time and eternity are one." D. T. Suzuki, 'Zen Buddhism'
"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'