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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 "Whatever your walk in life may be, you will only have contentment through knowing yourself by yourself." Yogaswami (1872-1964), 'Positive Thoughts for Daily Meditation'

2 "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'

3 "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

4 "I say to you, there is not God AND man. But there is God-Man or Man-God. There is the One. However multiplied, however divided, it is forever One." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), mystic and author, '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 "He too is a manifestation of the Most High, whom you do not know." Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese poet, 'Jesus, The Son of Man'

7 "There is one divine Mind which keeps the universe in order and one providence which governs it." Plutarch (ca. 46-120), Greek biographer, 'Lives'

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

9 "In every human being there is a special heaven, whole and unbroken." Paracelsus (1493-1541), German-Swiss physician and alchemist, 'Essential Writings'

10 "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'

11 "Were I given a hundred thousand tongues instead of one, and the hundred thousand multiplied twentyfold, a hundred thousand times would I say, and say again, the Lord of all the worlds is one." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak'

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

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

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

15 "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

16 "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself." 'Dadistan-i-dinik', 94, 5 (Zoroastrian text)

17 "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'

18 "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'

19 "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

20 "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'

21 "He who watches over the birds, beasts and insects, He who cared for you whilst you were yet in your mother's womb, shall he not care for you now that you have come forth?" Kabir (1440?-1518), Indian Sufi master, 'One Hundred Poems of Kabir'

22 "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.'

23 "Nothing in the universe exists independently of your own consciousness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, 'Old Path White Clouds: The Life Story of the Buddha'

24 "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'

25 "There is One Reality, the Unmanifested-Manifested. Ever-existent, He is Naam (Conscious Spirit), the Creator, pervading all." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite