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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 "Vedanta says there is nothing that is not God….The living God is within you." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Ramakrishna, Address to the Parliament of World Religions

2 "Through it all man is marching from epoch to epoch towards the fullest realization of his soul, - the soul which is greater than the things man accumulates, the deeds he accomplishes, the theories he builds; the soul whose onward course is never checked by death or dissolution….Yes, they are coming, the pilgrims, one and all – coming to their true inheritance of the world, they are ever broadening their consciousness, ever seeking a higher and higher unity, ever approaching nearer to the one central Truth which is all-comprehensive." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), 'Soul Consciousness'

3 "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'

4 "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.'

5 "True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods." Aristotle (384-322 bce), 'Politics'

6 "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

7 "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'

8 "We need the courage as well as the inclination to consult, and profit from, the wisdom traditions of mankind." E. F. Schumacher

9 "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'

10 "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'

11 "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'

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

13 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads'

14 "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'

15 "One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce)

16 "It is an obvious fact that time affects neither God nor the soul." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), 'Meditations'

17 "Justice is immortal." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha

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

19 "To Zen, time and eternity are one." D. T. Suzuki, 'Zen Buddhism'

20 "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

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

22 "All eyes that look on me are my sole eyes; the one heart that beats within all breasts is mine." Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), Yogic master, 'Sonnets of Cosmic Consciousness'

23 "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'

24 "Mankind is interdependent and the happiness of each depends upon the happiness of all, and it is this lesson that humanity has to learn today as the first and last lesson." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Art of Personality'

25 "All things are manifestations of His Will." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite