"Religion…is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people." Ernest Renan (1823-1892), 'Les Apotres'
"We cannot in any better manner glorify the Lord and Creator of the universe than that in all things, how small soever they appear to our naked eyes, but which have yet received the gift of life and power of increase, we contemplate the display of his omnificence and perfections with the utmost admiration." Anton vanLeeuwenhoeck (1632-1723), 'Select Works'
"We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'
"Do justice, that you may live long upon earth. Calm the weeper, do not oppress the widow, do not oust a man from his father's property,….beware of punishing wrongly; do not kill, for it will not profit you." 'The Teaching for Merikare, par. 8 (cs. 2135-2040 bce), a treatise on kingship addressed by a king of Heracleopolis, whose name is lost, to his son and successor Merikare
"He prays well who loves well, both man and bird and beast." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?" Aeschylus (525-456 bce), 'Agamemnon', 1.1485
"Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues." Tertullian (ca. 160-240), 'Testimony of the Soul'
"The imagination, that reconciling and mediatory power, which incorporating the reason in images of the sense and organizing the flux of the senses by the permanence and self-circling energies of the reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths of which they are the conductors." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Statesman's Manual'
"God is Love – I dare say." Samuel Butler (1835-1902), 'God Is Love',
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 'Summary View of the Rights of British America'
"There is something beyond the grave; death does not end all." Sextus Propertius (ca. 54 bce – 2 ad), 'Elegies', IV, vii
"There is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone – which is not, in some for or degree, in every heart." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Unspoken Sermons'
"The Self is the honey of all beings, and all beings are the honey of this Self." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 2.5.14 (800-500 bce)
"He is Father. Even more, God is Mother." Pope John Paul I (1912-1978), Sunday Angelus blessing, St. Peter's Square, September 17, 1978
"When one knows Thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), 'Gitanjali'
"The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), 'Letters to a Young Poet'
"A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries." Thomas Mann (1875-1955), 'The Magic Mountain', ch. 2
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." George Sand (1804-1876), letter to Lina Calamatta, March 31, 1862
"I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the 'oughtness' that forever confronts him." Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, December 11, 1964
"Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23
"From the feelings proper to it, humanity's nature is constituted for the practice of what is good." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.5-6
"Like to the greatness of God is the greatness within." Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), 'The Marches of Glynn'
"What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell'