Despite the many differences that seem to exist between peoples the world over — regardless of culture, tradition, environment, or heredity — there is but one seeker, one search, and one sacred object of our desire. The celestial source of this sacred being doesn’t just live within us… we are, in fact, one with it.
How many times have I promised, yet every time I failed to keep my word. But disregard this according to Thy Grace.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Unfortunately, report cards ordinarily reveal how much a vessel has been filled rather than the extent to which a flame has been kindled.
In the highest stage of divine comfort is that peace which is said to pass all understanding.
By humility, out of an enemy He has made a friend, which is more than to have created a new earth.
The mercy of God has no limits, nothing is too great for it. That is the reason why anyone who despairs of it is the author of his own death.
I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.
Argument may be overcome by stronger argument, and force by greater force, but truth and force have no relation — nothing in common by which the one can act upon the other. They dwell apart, and will continue to do so.
I saw you last night in the gathering, but could not take you openly in my arms, so I put my lips next to your cheek, pretending to talk privately.
The truest sayings are paradoxical.
Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
The kingdom of Heaven is within you, and whosoever knoweth himself shall find it.
All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside the veil. Inside the veil is silence and calm and peace.
Who teaches men to be grateful pleads the cause not only of men, but of the gods for they, being placed above all desires, cannot be of want of anything, yet we can nevertheless offer them our gratitude.
Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.
There are the springs of the Great Spirit… To bathe in them gives new life, to drink temperatures every bodily ill.
God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.
When the ripe moment comes, the truth within answers to the fact without, as the flower responds to the sun, giving it heat and color.
Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. Such men not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.
Go sweep out the chamber of your heart.
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved.
When you depart out,
He will enter it.
void of yourself,
will He display His beauties.
The right will produce more right and be its own reward — in the end a reward altogether infinite, for God will meet it with what is deeper than all right, namely, perfect love.
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.
The love of God, unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way light rushes into a transparent object.
The Kingdom of Heaven lies in the space between two thoughts.