“More flesh, more worms. . . . More Torah, more Life.”
“Seek a reality deeper than the changing forms.”
“We are defined and controlled by all that we have not transcended.”
Heart Master Da Love Ananda
“There is no need to accept the standards of the world at large.”
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
“In the way of God, thoughts count very little. Love does it all.”
“God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.”
“When the worst student
hears about the Way, he laughs out loud. If he did not laugh, it would be unworthy of being the Way.”
“Beyond the service of God nothing is of value. That’s a deep truth.”
“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But
the less you have, the more free you are.”
“For, each soul enters with a mission . . . we all have a mission to perform.”
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
“Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom =
beauty = truth = purity. It’s all the same trip.”
“Love makes labour light. Love alone gives value to all things.”
St. Teresa of Avila
“He who never thinks of anything as ‘mine’ does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss.”
“Detachment is the beginning of mastery.“
“Absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous
healing. An unceasing effort to arouse that faith is man’s highest and most rewarding duty.“
“Through love all that is bitter will be sweet.“
“The great enemy of morality has always been indifference.”
“. . . courage is not simply one of the
virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions.”
“Therefore, it is forbidden to say anything to anyone that might cause animosity between any two people.”
the world as a lion of self-control; don’t let the frogs of sense weakness kick you around.”
“. . . every entity loses perfection as long as it is not fulfilling its purpose.”
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto
“Study, therefore, to withdraw the love of your soul from all
things that are visible, and turn it to things that are invisible.”
Thomas à Kempis
“Every breath drawn by an individual who truly serves God will elicit a responsive chord from
the universe around him.”
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
“The spiritual life is not a special career, involving abstraction from the world of things. It is a part of every
man’s life; and until he has realised it he is not a complete human being.”
“Do work of all kinds with a mind that is void and to the voidness surrender all of the fruits.”
"It is a presumption on the part of man when he demands in words an explanation of God."
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
"Live in the present. Do the things that need to be
done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold."
“I believe that the reason of life is for each of us simply to grow in love.”
“Love is the answer and you know that for sure.”
“If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all.”
“For human beings, love is the most important fruit of experience in the sense world.”
"God is love: that from which all loving springs."
"God is life; and in that life which is God there are no years. . . . The human sense of life is not your real life."
Joel S. Goldsmith
"Be still, and know that I am God."
“A person needs to have faith that everything that happens to him is really a great gift from God.”
Reb Noson of Breslov
“O Friends! Abandon not the everlasting beauty for a beauty that must die, and set not your affections on this mortal world of dust.”
“Love is by far the most important thing of all.”
“Where there is faith there is an awareness of holiness.”
“I would urge you to give priority to the search for God. Allow his spirit to permeate your being. . . . If you do not have a deep and patient faith in God, you
will be powerless to face the delays, disappointments, and vicissitudes that inevitably come.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
"The most effective and most accessible way to acquire the maximum of constructive power is to love truly and wisely."
"Basic reality seems to be that the more you try to
be like God by radiating unlimited love, the more you become flooded by waves of love from others and from God."
Sir John Templeton
"Wholeness exists to the extent an individual is conscious of and
receptive to his innermost self. The more aware and accepting a person becomes of his inner images and motivations, the more he becomes healed."
"A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."
Sir Francis Bacon
of ignorance, then, is that self-satisfied state of unawareness in which man, knowing nothing outside the limited area of his physical senses, bumptiously declares there is nothing more to know!"
Manly P. Hall
"The path to God is rarely a steady climb upward. We climb, we fall back, and we climb higher again."
Rabbi Harold Kushner
"Every moment spent in negativity is
paid for with something truly priceless. That something is life."
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and who won't change the subject."
"There is no room for God in him who is full of himself."
"Science can prove nothing about God, because God lies outside its province."
"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing
which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
John Stuart Mill
"The theory of science which permits and encourages the exclusion of so much that is true and real and existent cannot be considered a comprehensive science."
Abraham H. Maslow
"You are here to
enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!"
“The pragmatist knows that doubt is an art which has to be acquired with difficulty.”
Charles S. Peirce
“If we want to find God, we have to look within,
into the realm of deep mind—a realm that science has yet to explore.”
“As religion is the true basis for morals, no individual and no state is safe whose philosophy is not grounded in religious truth.”
“There is a space of nothingness whose volume is not bound by time, the measure of thought. This space the mind cannot enter; it can only observe.”
“Devote one short hour every day
To serve your Maker and your Lord,
Do worship, meditate or pray
Or sow some seeds of God abroad.”
“Oh, Lord, nourish me not with love, but with the desire for love.”
"The battle against the dark one and the clinging to the right one is what my life is about."
“Without self-knowledge, without understanding
the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
"The only thing a psychically-human being can do to
improve society is to present society with one improved unit.”
Albert Jay Nock
"It is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest light can come; it is only after extreme grief that the
greatest joy can come . . . ."
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
I John 4:15-19
“We are all robots when uncritically involved with our technologies.”
“One Love! One Heart! Let's get together and feel all right.”
“The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them.”
“Dialogue does not happen when we are adversaries.”
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
“A man who doesn’t have critics is not great.”
Rabbi Ephraim Prombaum
“Love is a present that can be given every single day you live.”
A fortune cookie
“Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.”
"There is a God-shaped hole in the life of every man . . . ."
“Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord,
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.”
“Why not make a habit of approaching life in the right
spirit, joyously, expectantly, and with absolute faith that only the very best is for you?”
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by
failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break down the dream of the material senses.”
Mary Baker Eddy
“. . . a person who ceases to believe in God does not believe in
nothing; he believes in everything. People are rarely diabolic or bent enthusiastically on evil. As a rule, they are only weak; they cannot resist temptation and thus give way to their evil drives.”
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
“There is no ‘my self’ and ‘his self’. There is the Self, the only Self of all. Misled by the diversity of names and shapes, minds and bodies, you
imagine multiple selves.”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“One begins to suspect that the scientific mindset is really far behind the ancient multidimensional paradigms of mysticism and shamanism, where
the full potential of the human mind is allowed to manifest.”
John Major Jenkins
“The only science that gives purpose to every other science is the science of religion — the science of our
happy relationship with, and our providential dependence on God and our neighbor."
Father Solanus Casey
“Hope is the essence that makes for courage and resilience.”
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
“Silence is a great source of strength.”
“The cardinal error of science lies in shutting the Creator out of His Creation.”
“We appear to have powerful healing systems in our
bodies that give us the potential to overcome much pain and illness if we can learn to mobilize them.”
“Now is the hour for us to rise from sleep.”
“If you deny the existence of your fault or error, it will strengthen its hold over you. If you recognize it, your awareness will destroy it. He who rejects this will never know the entrance to the Temple.”
René A. Schwaller de Lubicz
“Whoever has the desire to pursue philosophy correctly should look to Nature’s Archetype in every matter, so that by taking up Ariadne’s thread in her intricate
labyrinth he may keep himself safe and secure from wrong turns and deviant paths.”
Fr. Athanasius Kircher
“. . . the love we all long for in our innermost heart is already present, beyond longing.”
“All appearances are eerily one’s own concepts, self-conceived in the mind,
like reflections seen in a mirror.”
“‘Love and gratitude’ are the words that must serve as the guide for the world.”
“. . . it is exactly our ability to serve God,
together with our real service to Him in mitsvot, which is the meaning and purpose of our life as Jews.”
David R. Blumenthal
“Religion should not only comfort us when we are disturbed; it should also disturb us when we are comfortable.”
Rabbi Sidney Greenberg
“If you're going to stand up for Jesus, your life will be a battle between light and darkness. And for everything that God will bring into your life that represents the
light, the devil—he's such a sly fox—will come at you with two times more attributes of evil."
Billy Ray Cyrus
“My utmost for the highest.”
“Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life. Properly used, it can heal every affliction and ailment we may have.”
“Love springs from awareness.”
Anthony De Mello
“The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails.”
“Even the purest of teachers will face bitter criticism from those who feel threatened by him.”
“I believe that any man without principles that he is ready and willing to die for at any given moment is already dead and of no use or consequence whatsoever.”
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”
“It is a known fact that words that come from the heart enter the heart.”
Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov
“First recognize appearances as mind, then recognize mind as emptiness.”
H.E. Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche
“All science is transcendental or else passes away.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own
Pope Benedict XVI
"We emphasize the transcendent worth of the human person. We insist that the human person must never be treated as an object; he must always be considered the
subject. That is the basis for our teaching, the absolute standard."
Pope John Paul II
"Love is the greatest power and it is, if natural, the highest ‘invisible food’ from the
infinite for soul and body."
Professor Arnold Ehret
"To serve God is to reign."
"Anti-Semitism is best understood as a virus. It has no logic. Jews
were hated because they were rich and because they were poor; because they were capitalists and because they were communists; because they held tenaciously to an ancient faith and because they were rootless cosmopolitans,
believing nothing. Hate needs no logic. It is a sickness of the soul."
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
"The purpose of Jewish existence is not to eat Jewish foods, or tell Jewish jokes, or use Yiddish
words. It is to fight evil and to reduce suffering in the world. It is a source of deep pain to me to recognize how few people know this."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
"The essential feature, and necessity of life is to know reality, which means knowing God."
"It seems to me that one of the most basic human experiences, one that is genuinely
universal and unites–or, more precisely, could unite—all of humanity, is the experience of transcendence in the broadest sense of the word."
"Every war in history was started by immature people being too close together."
“Under the jurisdiction of religion our deeper feelings are sacralized, so as to become raw material for the ethical life: the life well lived in judgement. When faith
declines, however, the sacred is unprotected from marauders. The heart can be captured and put on sale.”
“Modern society has not rid itself of religion, as it fondly believes; it
has merely replaced the historical religions by a host of idolatrous cults struggling for possession of the soul of man.”
“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”
Sydney J. Harris
“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the
consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had. . . . The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.”
“. . . the main principle by which human beings must guide the future course of their development is love.”
“Do not what is evil. Do what is good. Keep your mind pure. This is the teaching of Buddha.”
"As they say in my country, the only thing that separates us from the
animals are mindless superstition and pointless ritual."
Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman)
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. The more efficient a force is, the more silent and subtle it is. Love is the
subtlest force in the world.”
"To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or eternality.”
“Pray about everything and worry about nothing. You will enjoy life much more.”
“One of the enduring lessons of history is that whenever an empire becomes insular to ‘protect’ itself, intellectual decline and cultural intolerance are sure to
“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.”
"The aspiration toward freedom is the most essentially human of all human manifestations."
“Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.”
William of Ockham
"The laws of physics are special case limits of reality."
“We are loved by an unending love.”
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
“He who offers God a second place offers Him no place.”
“Truth, simplicity, and love.”
Shri Hadiakhan Babaji
“There is nothing more religious than obeying a divinely grounded moral imperative.”
Rabbi Samuel E. Karff
“Day by day, tiny specks of us float away.”
“To love God truly, one must first love man. And if anyone tells you that he loves God and does not love his fellow-man, you will
know that he is lying.”
“Indifference to one’s own faith is no proof of tolerance. Loyalty to one’s own is part of a larger loyalty to faith generally.”
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver
“Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to Liberty.”
“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but one is still young.”
“Silence is the maturation of wisdom.”
“Path presupposes distance;
If He be near, no path needest thou at all.
Verily it maketh me smile
To hear of a fish in water athirst!”
“Matter should not be so prideful as to consider itself real being.”
Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl
“In Judaism social action is religiousness, and religiousness implies social action.”
Rabbi Leo Baeck
“As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.”
“Those who deny the change in consciousness that the divine process of creation now brings about—or actually imposes on us—and fail to develop their intuition accordingly will sooner or later find themselves
at a dead end.”
Carl Johan Calleman
“It is impossible to maintain freedom and order and justice without religious and moral sanctions.”
“Humanity is asleep, concerned only with what is useless, living in a wrong world.”
Sanai of Afghanistan
“I am alive to the degree that I still have work to do.”
Rabbi Chaim Stern
“Human life implies adventure, and there is no adventure without struggles and dangers.”
“Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the window.”
“Man’s pursuit of physical desires and earthly possessions is an indication of his lack of
conviction that the purpose of his existence is the attainment of spirituality.”
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski
“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by
habituation, that it forgets the most shameful happenings in the daily shame of events, and that it can hardly understand when individuals aim to destroy this infamy.”
“No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong.”
“For it is written that just as it is forbidden to partake of the forbidden, it is
forbidden not to partake of the permitted.”
“Unselfish love for all people without exception is the most important point of convergence among all significant spiritualities and
Stephen G. Post
“Knowledge makes you arrogant, but education makes you humble.”
Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt
“Complete understanding of the mighty deeds and
wonders of the Lord are in the end vouchsafed only to one who realizes his inability to conceive and depict these wonders . . . .”
Ephraim E. Urbach
“The ultimate aim of religion is to ennoble
man’s inner and outer life, so that he may love and do that which is right and good. This is a biblical teaching which is emphatically repeated in almost every book of Sacred Scriptures.”
Rabbi Moses Mielziner
“Although Divine wisdom is beyond man’s capacity to comprehend, Divine love can never be placed in doubt.”
Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
“We make God too small when we declare that only people like us can know God.”
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
“When the Torah is with a person, action is near-at-hand. The evidence of our own eyes affirms that from the time this mode of conduct went out of vogue men of accomplishment were no longer to be found.”
Rabbi Judah Loew
“Responsibility without power is slavery. Power without responsibility is tyranny.”
C. Eric Lincoln
“Any attempt to speak without speaking any particular
language is not more hopeless than the attempt to have a religion that shall be no religion in particular . . . .”
“The way to the organic, active peace of brotherhood leads through
the hearts of peacemakers who will knit together, with patience and self-sacrifice, the shorn and tangled fibers of human aspirations, faith, and hopes, who will transcend the fears and dangers of an adventure of
trust. The road to unity is the road of repentance.”
H. Richard Niebuhr
"Life is very difficult and we owe it to our fellow human beings to be as cheerful as we can."
". . . religion has its raison d'être
within a shared form of life, and to stand outside that form of life and theorise about it is a very grey business indeed."
"If one subjects everything to reason our religion will lose
its mystery and its supernatural character. If one offends the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and dangerous. . . . These are two equally dangerous extremes, to shut reason out and to let nothing else
"Nothing is so conducive to good health as the regularity of life without haste and without worry which the rational practice of religion brings in its train."
James J. Walsh
"Religion brings something which nothing else can bring; it is not a substitute for something else."
"I think there is a form of spiritual as well as
clinical schizophrenia abroad in the land. I find it when I see men who check their reason and all empirical evidence when they enter a church or synagogue, and I find it in men who forget everything they have learned
about faith when they enter a laboratory or a physician's office. I think they are almost equally derelict in their approach to the human being."
Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn
". . . when
hedonism and materialism fail to bring man satisfaction, other philosophies based on evil arise. They are accepted because of man's capacity to hate."
William P. Wilson
"Love is the immortal
flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life."
"Simple faith in God lies at the very heart of our welfare, now and in the life to come."
L. Nelson Bell
"The religion of faith and hope and love is the religion of the healthy mind."
Charles T. Holman
“. . . God is not there. God is here.”
“Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart.”
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
“The verdict of history seems to be that healing in all its branches (a) has always been, and (b) always will be, a process requiring the combination of scientific and religious
George Gordon Dawson
“It is not possible to define. Nothing has ever been finally found out. Because there is nothing final to find out.”
“The essence of science seems to me to be the humility to know that we don’t know and the spirit of discovery to try and reduce that ignorance a little bit.”
"If you think the world owes you a favor, drop dead—immediately and right away."
Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
"Upon us lies the responsibility neither to neglect things because they are old nor to reject them because they are new."
"Nothing could be
clearer than that much of the sense of frustration that characterizes our age, often bringing people to the verge of personality disaster, is a consequence of an interpretation of the universe that robs it of all final
Charles T. Holman
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come
"The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder (and worship) . . . is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye."
“Love is the force that unifies the two fundamental qualities of life—energy and consciousness.”
John C. Pierrakos
“Love is the face and body of the Universe.”
"There is no predestined fate for anyone on the Earth that cannot be changed for better or worse by his free will choices."
"There is in
man's nature a secret inclination and motion towards love of others, which if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable . . . ."
"The more aware we become of God's love for us, the more open we become to loving God."
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
“There is no greater mercy than to remind and inspire people to study the fear of God.”
Rav Yisrael Salanter
“Peace is based on the realization of
justice. The solution involving compromise between the opposing parties often contains the seeds of a new conflict. Only complete justice can guarantee peace. A cult of love could never take the place of
justice. If God merely manifests His mercy, the world would perish, for nothing would stand in the way of the rule of crime—there must be justice.”
Rabbi Elie Munk
“With every word and
expression that leaves your lips, have in mind to bring about a Unification.”
The Baal Shem Tov
"Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of
“The aim of all morality is the sanctification of life, in other words, the perfect moralization of human society.”
“Our eagerness for worldly activity kills in us the sense of spiritual awe.”
Sri Ananda Mohan Lahiri
“Socialists cry, ‘Power to the people,’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the
Lady Margaret Thatcher
“Such things have been revealed to me that now all I have written seems to me as so much straw.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”
“All the troubles of the world, especially the spiritual, such as grief, impatience, disillusionment, despair, the truly basic troubles
of man—they came about only because of the failure to view clearly the majesty of God.”
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
“Ideas have consequences.”
Richard M. Weaver
daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast
"Preconceived ideas can sometimes become barriers."
“Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”
“Every human being, no matter
how different from us or downtrodden, bears the image of God and deserves our respect and compassion. To make this ideal the bedrock of Jewish polity remains the supreme mission of Abraham’s descendants.”
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch
“Submission to suffering is a form of annihilation, but transformation of suffering rekindles a faith that gives life.”
“Justice is truth in action.”
“Justice is inseparable from truth in human life.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
“The creative entrepreneurial mind has power
which is far greater than the intrinsic power of money by itself.”
Charles L. Harper, Jr.
“If your personality is negative, it means that you do not have the confidence in God and in yourself that
is your birthright.”
Norman W. Walker
“The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,
can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
“On the spiritual journey, we never have perfect maps, so we need an enduring set of questions that will allow us to discover the ground of being in that time and
Robert C. Atchley
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”