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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the same mind at the same time. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

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Bring all of yourself to his door; bring only a part, and you've brought nothing at all. Hakim Sanai (1080)

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In a Dark time, the Eye Begins to See. Theodore Roethke (1908)

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In this patient, though uncheered obedience, we become prepared for light. The soul gathers force. William E. Channing (1780)

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Many think that dying to themselves is what causes them so much pain. But it is actually part of them that still lives that causes the problem. Death is only painful to you when you resist it. Your imagination exaggerates how bad death will be. Self-love fights with all of its strength to live. Die inwardly as well as outwardly. Let all that is not born of God within you die. Francois Fenelon (1651)

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Die before ye die! Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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To be nothing is the precondition of being. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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It is the prerogative of man's spiritual nature that he can yield himself up to a thought and will that are infinitely larger than his own. Edward Caird (1835)

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To realize that you have not got something and that you need it, this is real asking. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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It is useless for the "self" to try to "purify itself," or for the "self" to "make a place in itself" for God. Dr. Suzuki (1936)

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Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation; abandon feelings; renounce intellectual activities; reject all that belongs to the perceptible and the intelligible; strip yourself totally of non-being and being and lift yourself as far as you are able to the point of being united in unknowing with him who is beyond all being and all knowledge. For it is by passing beyond everything yourself included, irresistibly and completely, that you will be exalted in pure ecstasy right up to the dark splendour of the divine Superessence, after having abandoned all, and stripped yourself of everything. Dionysius, Arepagite

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Glory be to God who has not given to his creatures any way to attain knowledge of him except by means of their helplessness and their hopelessness of ever reaching such attainment. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (633)

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Abba Lot came one day to see Abba Joseph and said to him, 'Father, I keep my little rule to the best of my ability. I observe my modest fast and my contemplative silence. I say my prayers and do my meditation. I endeavour as far as I can to drive useless thoughts out of my heart. What more can I do?'
The elder rose to answer and lifted his hands to heaven. His fingers looked like lighted candles and he said, 'Why not become wholly fire?'
Desert Fathers (400)

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The great Architect of the universe conceived and produced a being endowed with both natures, the visible and the invisible. God created the human being, bringing its body forth from the pre-existing matter which he animated with his own Spirit... Thus in some way a new universe was born, small and great at one and the same time. God set this 'hybrid' worshipper on earth to contemplate the visible world, and to be initiated into the invisible; to reign over earth's creatures, and to obey orders from on high. He created a being at once earthly and heavenly, insecure and immortal, visible and invisible, halfway between greatness and nothingness, flesh and spirit at the same time... an animal en route to another native land, and, most mysterious of all, made to resemble God by simple submission to the divine will. Gregory Nazianzen (328)

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When a man can let his heart die, then the primordial spirit wakes to life. Lu Yen (800)

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For each believes his lamp to be the light of day! Idries Shaw (1924)

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The struggle to find truth comes partly, in its real form, through not struggling at all. This paradox is contained in the next few lines of a sufi poem by Sir Richard Burton
Enough to think that truth can be;
Come sit we where the roses glow;
Indeed he knows not how to know
who knows not also how to unknow.
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821)

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It is only when everything, even love fails that with a flash, man finds out how vain, how dream-like is this world. Then he catches a glimpse... of the beyond. It is only by giving up this world that the other comes, never through holding on to this one. Vivekananda (1863)

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For whilst in one sense we give up self to live the universal and absolute life of reason, yet that to which we thus surrender ourselves is in reality our truer self. The life of absolute truth or reason is not a life that is foreign to us. If it is above us, it is also within us. In yielding to it we are not submitting to an outward and arbitrary law or to an external authority, but to a law which has become our own law, an authority which has become enthroned in the inmost essence of our being. Edward Caird (1835)

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That which is real cannot be destroyed, but only that which is unreal. When a man finds that within him which is real, which is constant, abiding, changeless, and eternal, he enters into that Reality, and becomes meek. All the powers of darkness will come against him, but they will do him no hurt, and will at last depart from him. James Allen (1864)

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Be ahead of all parting, as though it were already behind you, like the winter that hast gone by. For among those winters there is one so endlessly winter that only by wintering through it will your heart survive. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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He that forsakes suffering is at his journey's end. Francis Quarles (1592)

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When the heart weeps because it has lost, the spirit laughs because it has found. Sufi Saying

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The path of sorrow, and that path alone, leads to the land where sorrow is unknown; no traveller ever reached that blessed abode who found not thorns and briers in his road. William Cowper (1731)

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Another thing that people must sacrifice is their suffering. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. Man is made in such a way that he is never so much attached to anything as he is to his suffering. And it is necessary to be free from suffering. No one who is not free from suffering, who has not sacrificed his suffering, can work. Later on a great deal must be said about suffering. Nothing can be attained without suffering, but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. Now, decipher what this means. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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