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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 "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

2 "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'

3 "Virtues are virtues because they give joy once they are practised. If a virtue does not give joy, it is not a virtue." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan'

4 "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'

5 "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'

6 "There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule: where the terror of Death is no more. There the woods of spring are a-bloom, and the fragrant scent 'He is I' is borne on the wind: There the Bee of the Heart is deeply immersed, and desires no other joy." Kabir (1440?-1518), Indian Sufi master, 'The One Hundred Poems of Kabir'

7 "If one knows oneself not as the individual but as the supreme Self, one becomes free from fear." Shankara (788-820), Indian seer, 'Meditations'

8 "The soul is the mirror of an indestructible universe." G. W. Leibniz (1646-1716), German philosopher, 'The Monadology'

9 "He is boundless the Vedas proclaim. He is in eighteen hundred worlds the Muslim texts say. The Reality behind forms is one and the same." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak'

10 "I know that what you call 'God' actually exists, as the primal cosmic energy in the universe, as your love in your body, as your honesty and your feeling of nature in you and around you." Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), author, 'Listen, Little Man!'

11 "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'

12 "May the vision that so many mystic masters of all traditions have had, of a future world free of cruelty and horror, where humanity can live in the ultimate happiness of the nature of mind, come, through all our efforts, to be realized." Sogyal Rinpoche, 'TheTibetan Book of Living and Dying'

13 "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'

14 "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'

15 "The soul-journey resembles very much the sort of adventure one encounters in folklore and myth." Paul Zeig (1935-1984), American author, 'The Adventurer'

16 "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'

17 "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'

18 "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'

19 "Throughout this varied and eternal world Soul is the only element." Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet, 'Queen Mab'

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

21 "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'

22 "God has created all things for good; all things for their greatest good; everything for its own good." John Henry Newman (1801-1890), 'Meditations and Devotions'

23 "God is one….He sees as a Whole, perceives as a Whole, hears as a Whole." Xenophanes (570-475 bce), Greek philosopher, fragment

24 "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),

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite