Explore all of the quotations in our Living Book…
The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.
He who has found the bliss of the Eternal has no fear from any quarter.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
The world is imprisoned by its own activity.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
The more detached and the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence of God.
The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up.
No negative state has the right to rule over your life.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of art.
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.
Who knows the mind has the key to all things else.
What you do when you don’t have to determines what you will be, when you can no longer help it.
No announcements tell the world that he has come into enlightenment. No heralds blow the trumpets proclaiming man’s greatest victory — over himself. This is in fact the quietest moment of his whole life.
What a light is here for those that can bear or love the light!
He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me, in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never leave… for hatred ceases not by hatred at any time. Hatred ceases by love.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
This external world is but the gross form of the internal, or subtle. The finer is always the cause and the grosser the effect. So the external world is the effect, and the internal the cause. In the same way external forces are simply the grosser parts, of which the internal forces are the finer. One who has discovered and learned how to manipulate the internal forces will get the whole of nature under his control… He will be master of the whole of nature, internal and external.
Oh how the spell before my sight brings nature’s hidden ways to light. See! All things with each other blending, each to each its being lending, all on each in turn depending, heavenly ministers descending, and again to heaven ascending, floating, mingling, interweaving… Can the heart of man embrace Illimitable Nature?
That thou art.
The mood of one who, seeing himself carried swiftly towards an event of mighty import, has nothing to do but wait — the mood in which philosophy vests an even-minded man with the utmost calm, and is ever so serviceable.