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Varieties of Religious Experience, The
William James

1 "The great central fact of the universe is that spirit of infinite life and power that is back of all, that manifests itself in and through all…God fills the universe alone, so that all is from Him and in Him, and there is nothing that is outside. He is the life of our life, our very life itself….God and the life of man are identically the same, and so are one." R. W. Trine, 'In Tune with the Infinite'

2 "Good heavens! Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence, to a humble and grateful mind." Epictetus, Works, book 1. ch. 16, Carter-Higginson translation

3 "And I know that the spirit of God is the promise of my own, and I know that all men ever born are also my brothers and the women my sisters….and that a kelson of the creation is love." Walt Whitman, ' My Quest for God'

4 "What is called good is perfect, and what is called bad is just as perfect.' Walt Whitman

5 "The faith-state is a natural psychic complex, and carries charity with it by organic consequence."

6 "Since manking has existed, wherever life has been, there also has been the faith that gave the possibility of living. Faith is…that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live. If Man did not believe that he must live for something, he would not live at all." Leo Tolstoy

7 "One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward." R. W. Trine, 'In Tune with the Infinite'

8 "The idea of an infinite God, of the divinity of the soul, of the union of men's actions with God – these are ideas elaborated in the infinite secret depths of human thought. They are ideas without which there would be no life." Leo Tolstoy

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