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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 "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'

2 "I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one: one I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last. He is the outward, he is the inward." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

3 "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'

4 "Know that the external form passes away, whereas the world of inner truth abides eternally." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), founder of The Whirling Dervishes, a Sufi spiritual order, 'Tales of the Masnavi'

5 "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.'

6 "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'

7 "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'

8 "Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682),

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

10 "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'

11 "This is the Spiritual Domain. This is the Spirit-World. This is the world of God. God is not merely invisible and inside us. This is the manifestation of God." Da Free John, 'The Fire Gospel'

12 "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

13 "It is God's will that is done, forever and ever." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak'

14 "It is not a question of analysing yourself. It is a question of seeing yourself." Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan teacher, 'Positive Thoughts for Daily Meditation'

15 "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

16 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po'

17 "The law of God and also the way to life is written in our hearts; it lies in no man's supposing, nor in any historical opinion, but in a good will and well doing." Jacob Boehme (1571-1624), 'The Confessions'

18 "Then Usata Akrayana asked him: 'O Yajnavalkya!' he said, 'Explain to me what is the Brhaman, immediate and direct, which is the Self within all.' 'It is your Self within all.' 'O Yajnavalkya! Which of the Selves is it that is within all?' 'It is your Self within all which breathes in by your breathing in.'" Brhad Upanishad (900-600 bce)

19 "You are a part of the Infinite. This is your nature. Hence you are your brother's keeper." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902),

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 "To train in compassion is to know all beings are the same and suffer in similar ways, to honor all those who suffer, and to know you are neither separate from nor superior to anyone." Sogyal Rinpoche, contemporary Buddhist monk and author, 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'

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

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

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite