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God, A Companion for Seekers
David Schiller
This book contains thoughts about God from various people, including mystics and philosophers, poets and writers, artists and scientists. Each quote is the record of an encounter, that transcendent something that's been connecting us, guiding us, and defining us since we first used our eyes to look up.

1 "Life is God. Everything changes and moves and that movement is God….To love life is to love God." Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer

2 "If we discover a complete unified theory of the universe, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God." Stephen Hawking (b. 1942)

3 "I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences." William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

4 "For all the beautiful things in the world would never have been what they are if they hadn't been molded after the archetype of true beauty, the Uncreated, the Blessed, the Imperishable." Philo (c. 15bc-45ad), Alexandrian Jewish philosopher

5 "No leaf on the tree stirs but by God's will." Miguel deCervantes (1547-1616), Spanish novelist

6 "In the beginning was God, today is God. Tomorrow will be God. Who can make an image of God? He has no body. He is as a word which comes out of your mouth. That word! It is no more, it is past, and still it lives! So is God." Pygmy creation myth

7 "I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all my fellow creatures, pulsing with your life; as a tiny seed you sleep in what is small and in the vast you vastly yield yourself." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Austro-German poet

8 "Like oil in sesame seeds, like buttter in cream, like water in springs, like fire in a firestick, so dwells the Lord of Love, The Self, in the very depths of consciousness." The Upanishads

9 "And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather, look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees." Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American writer

10 "And He is with you, with you in your search; when you seek Him look for Him in your looking closer to you than yourself to yourself." Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273), Persian poet and founder of the Mawlawiyah Sufi order

11 "You are seeking god, dear sister, and he is everywhere. Everything proclaims him to you, everything reveals him to you, everything brings him to you. He is by your side, over you, around you and in you. Here is his dwelling and yet you still seek him. Ah! You are searching for God, the idea of God in his essential being. You seek perfection and it lies in everything that happens to you – your suffering, your actions, your impulses are the mysteries under which God reveals himself to you." Jean-Pierre deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest and author

12 "Whoever does not see God in every place does not see God in any place." Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1787-1859), Polish leader of the Hasidic movement

13 "Is He not closer than the vein of your neck? You need not raise your voice, for He knows the secret whisper, and what is yet more hidden….He knows what is in the land, and in the sea; no leaf falls but He knows it; nor is there a grain in the darkness under the earth, nor a thing, green or sere, but it is recorded."

14 "In His will is our peace: it is the sea into which all currents and all streams empty themselves, for all eternity." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet

15 "Smaller than the small, I am that centre within you, the needle's eye through which all the threads of the universe are drawn." Paul Murray (b. 1947), Dominican priest and lecturer on mystical theology

16 "This is the sum and substance of it all – God is, God loves you, God bears all your care." Tukaram (1608-1649) Indian poet

17 "From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend, path, motive, guide, original, and end." Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English writer

18 "We say God and the imagination are one…How high that highest candle lights the dark." Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, 1954

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite