The Quotable Spirit Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors A treasury of religious and spiritual quotations from ancient times to the twentieth century
"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'
"God created man for immortality and made him the image of his own eternal self." The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha
"The Self of all creatures, the One Controller, who makes his one form into many objects is seen by the wise to exist inside them." Katha Upanishad (900-600 bce),
"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'
"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'
"This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517
"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'
"Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never; never was time it was not; end and beginning are dreams! Birthless and deathless and changeless remains the spirit forever." The Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce),
"We need the courage as well as the inclination to consult, and profit from, the wisdom traditions of mankind." E. F. Schumacher
"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'
"Souls are all One. All souls are infinite and eternal. They are formless. All souls are One." Meher Baba (1894-1969), Indian master, 'God Speaks – The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose'
"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)
"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'
"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
"There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule: where the terror of Death is no more. There the woods of spring are a-bloom, and the fragrant scent 'He is I' is borne on the wind: There the Bee of the Heart is deeply immersed, and desires no other joy." Kabir (1440?-1518), Indian Sufi master, 'The One Hundred Poems of Kabir'
"In every human being there is a special heaven, whole and unbroken." Paracelsus (1493-1541), German-Swiss physician and alchemist, 'Essential Writings'
"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'
"God is one….He sees as a Whole, perceives as a Whole, hears as a Whole." Xenophanes (570-475 bce), Greek philosopher, fragment
"The soul is the mirror of an indestructible universe." G. W. Leibniz (1646-1716), German philosopher, 'The Monadology'
"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'
"All things are manifestations of His Will." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions'
"The whole of Evolution being a process of union (communion) with God, it becomes, in its totality, loving and loveable in the innermost and most ultimate of its developments." Pierre Teilhard deChardin (1881-1955), French priest and paleontologist, 'My Intellectual Position'
"I will sing of well-founded Gaia, Mother of All, eldest of all beings, she feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that go upon the goodly land and all that are in the paths of the sea, and all that fly." Homeric Hymn (7th century bce),
"All in one and one in all." Wei Lang (ca. 80 bce), philosopher, 'The Sutra'
"Already, in the silence of the night, I can hear through this world of tumult a confused rustling as of crystalline needles forming themselves into a pattern or of birds huddling closer together in their nest – a deep murmur of distress, of discomfort, of well-being, of triumph, rising up from the Unity which is reaching its fulfillment." Pierre Teilhard deChardin (1881-1955), French priest and paleontologist, 'The Gread Monad'