Saint Isaac of Nineveh Quotes

Isaac of Nineveh (circa 613 – 700) was a 7th-century Church of the East Syriac Christian bishop and theologian best remembered for his written works on Christian asceticism. Born in the region of Beth Qatraye in Eastern Arabia, he entered a monastery while still quite young. Revered for his skill in teaching, he was ordained Bishop of Nineveh, but after only five months he renounced his post and travelled south to Mount Matout, where he lived in solitude for many years until retiring to the Monastery of Rabban Shabur. He is regarded as a saint in several branches of Christianity.

One Journey Quotations

Quotes by Isaac of Nineveh…

More than all things, love silence. It brings you a fruit that tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then there is born something that draws us to silence. May God give you an experience of this “something” that is born of silence. If you only practice this, untold light will dawn on you in consequence. After a while a certain sweetness is born in the heart of this exercise and the body is drawn almost by force to remain in silence.

Isaac of Nineveh (circa 613 – 700)

Many are avidly seeking, but they alone find who remain in silence. Those who delight in a multitude of words, even though they say admirable things, are empty within. If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence like the sunlight will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite your soul to God.

Isaac of Nineveh (circa 613 – 700)