Many / One

A database of 11,000+ illuminated guiding quotations in 40 categories from 600+ inspired books by our most brilliant and influential authors.
Compiled by JoAnn Kite

SHOW detailed search and navigation | Quotes | References | JoAnn

One | Circle | Center | Opposites | Archetypes | Good | Ethics | Living Wholeness | Random

The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics
H. A. Reinhold, editor

1 "The power and the constancy of God's eternal kingdom cannot be destroyed by the impact of unsteadfast mutability." St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Abbess, visionary

2 "There was talk of a man who wanted to begin his life anew and I spoke in this way: man shall become a seeker of God in all things, and a finder of God at all times, and everywhere and among all people and in every way. And therein one can always and incessantly wax and grow and there shall be no end of waxing." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

3 "And we shall all become gods and intimately united with God…For the One who has become many remains the One undivided, but each part is all of Christ." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church

4 "God comprises all things." 'The Book of the Poor in Spirit'

5 "Our created being abides in the Eternal Essence, and is one with it in its essential existence. And this eternal life and being, which we have and are in the eternal Wisdom of God, is like unto God." John Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), Netherland mystic

6 "In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327),

7 “The Soul sees in the Divine light how considerately, and with what unfailing providence, God is ever leading it to its full perfection, and that He does it all through pure love.” St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510), sister of the Annunciation Order

8 "It [the soul] could and should abide in God, in God alone! God above all graces, God above every cross!" Lucie Christine, French mystic, author

9 "The presence, the participation of God, His being in the midst of us, His dwelling within us, are all approximate expressions of His intimacy with us…We may say that in Him is our life, our activity, our being." Don Luigi Sturzo (1871-1959), Italian social reformer

10 "I see Paradise has no gate, but that whosoever will may enter therein; for God is all mercy, and stands with open arms to admit us to His glory." St. Catherine of Genoa

11 "This being (God) is life itself, light, wisdom, goodness, eternal blessedness and blessed eternity; and it is everywhere and always." St. Anselm of Canterbury (b. 1033), Archbishop and philosopher

12 "Hold for certain that what happens to you internally and externally is for the best." J. P. deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest, teacher

13 "All [mystics] have the same message about that very thing which no soul can utter; the immediate experience of God."

14 "I saw the One I love, with eyes that learned to see. I saw within my soul that He was waiting there." Mechtild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207-1294), German mystic

15 "I am a peak in God, and upward must I pace upon myself, that God may show His tender face." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), physician, priest

16 "O Love, O Love, give me so strong a voice, O Lord, that when I call you love, I may be heard from East to West, and in all parts of the world…so that you may be known and adored as the true Love." St. Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi (1566-1607), mystic, teacher

17 "Outwardly practised and inwardly cherished virtue produces peace of soul." Blessed John Tauler (1300-1361), German scholar, mystic

18 "The spark of the soul is the light of God's reflection, which is always looking back to God. The arcanum of the mind is the sum-total, as it were, of all the divine good and divine gifts in the innermost essence of the soul, which is as a bottomless well of divine goodness." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

19 "Every day and every hour God is truly and spiritually begotten in our souls by grace and love." John Tauler (1300-1361),

20 "The soul has an urge to a good which is beyond its judgment." St. Augustine (b. 354)

21 "God exists in all things, not as a part of their essence or as one of their accidents, but He exists in them as an agent is present in that which it works upon…Hence God is in all things, and is intimately in them." St. Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274)

22 "The sacred inclination to love God above all things has remained in us, as well as the natural light by which we recognize that His Sovereign Goodness is loving over all." St. Francis deSales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church, founder of a humanistic school of mysticism

23 "Man is the hand of God." Theologia Germanica, 14th century,

24 "The concept of blessedness is graven in our spirit and through it, we know and we say concerning ourselves, in perfect certainty that is beyond all doubt: we want to be blessed." St. Augustine (b.354)

25 "And this is the true end set before the soul, to take that light, to see the Supreme by the Supreme and not by the light of any other principle – to see the Supreme which is also the means to the vision, for that which illumines the soul is that which it is to see, just as it is by the sun's own light that we see the sun." Plotinus (203-269ad), Alexandrian Neo-Platonist

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite