The Ageless Wisdom - a site with numerous quotes
"This basic form of sexual expression (masturbation) has always been forbidden by the church fathers as a sin against God, but obviously it was so their flocks would multiply. More to the point these days is how Christian Fundamentalists and conservative right-wing politicians have joined forces to take control of American's public and private lives.
The best way to keep a population docile and easy to manipulate is to prohibit masturbation, insist on marriage and monogamy, withhold sex information and birth control, criminalize abortion and prostitution, condemn homosexuality, censor sexually explicit entertainment, and deny the existence of sexual diversity.
With a list like that, we're all sexual sinners. Most frightening of all is that what was just a minority of religious fanatics in the seventies is now one-third of the vote according to a recent article in the New York Times."
- Dr. Betty Dodson, in her book "Sex for One" 1996
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life." - Pablo Picasso
"A life without change is not a life; it is a stagnant pool. To change your mind frivolously is a cop-out. To change your mind under the direction of the wisdom of the heart is a brush stroke on the masterpiece you are delivering to the world." - Alan Cohen "Dare To Be Yourself"
"You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Bucky Fuller
"An eye for an eye leaves the world blind." - Author Unknown
"These are the times in which a genius
would wish to live. It is not in
the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific
station that great characters are formed.
The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in
contending with difficulties. Great
necessities call out great virtues. When
a mind is raised and animated by scenes that engage the
heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant wake into life
and form the character of the hero and the statesman. "
Adams (wife of John Adams, second President of the
Adams (wife of John Adams, second President of the
and mother of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States)
"In my experience, people can face almost any problem except the problems of people. They can work long hours, face declining business, face loss of jobs -- but not the problems of people." - W. Edwards Deming, (1900-93) Quality guru
"We are being judged by a new yardstick -- not just how smart we are or by our training and expertise, but also by how well we handle ourselves and each other." - Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence
"Until the pain of staying the same
is greater than the pain of change, you will never change." - Les Brown
"I believe in the essential unity
of humanity and for that matter, of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if
one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains with that person, and if
one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other." - Carl G. Jung
"We cannot heal the wounds we do not feel." - S.R. Smalley
"If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through, completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference." - R. Buckminster Fuller
"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive the risk to be alive and express what we really are." - Don Miguel Ruiz
"There is a space within the heart
in which all space is contained. Fire, air, sun, moon, lightning and stars -
everything exists within. When we pass beyond the mind with its measuring faculties,
with its categories of time and space, we find the very ground of the universe.
There all things are not dead matter as Western science has told us for so long.
They are life and intelligence.
Western man has been turning outwards to the world of senses for centuries and losing himself in outer space. The time has now come to turn inwards, to learn to explore the inner space within the heart, and to make that long and exciting journey to the Centre. Compared with this, the exploration of the moon and planets is the play of children."
- Bede Griffiths
"Perhaps everything that frightens
us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
"The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love." - Meister Eckhart
"From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"By Love, God may be gotten and held; but by thinking, never." - The Cloud of Unknowing
"The most beautiful emotion we can
experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science. He
to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt
in awe, is as good as dead." - Albert Einstein
'The mystic desires to be as close to God as possible; if not indeed part of the Divine Essence Itself; whereas the ordinary devotee of most religious systems merely desires to walk in God's way and obey His will." - Edmund Spense
"Knowledge of the world is born from self-knowledge. Our own limited individuality assumes its spiritual place in the grand, interconnected web of the world because something comes to life within us that reaches beyond our individuality and embraces everything in which our individuality participates." - Rudolf Steiner
"Perfect Love maketh God and the soul to be as if they both together were but one thing." - Walter Hilton
"The mystic experience ends with the words, 'I live, yet not I, but God in me' possessed by the sense of a Being at one and the same time greater than the Self and identical with it: great enough to be God, intimate enough to be me."
E. Récéjac, translated by S. C. Upton
"To the mystic, Love is the source of joy, the secret of the universe, the vivifying principle of things."
"Mysticism is the name of that organic process which involves the perfect consummation of the Love of God: the achievement here and now of the immortal heritage of man. Or, if you like it better for this means exactly the same thing it is the art of establishing his conscious relation with the Absolute. The movement of the mystic consciousness towards this consummation is an ordered movement towards ever higher levels of Reality, ever closer identification with the Infinite." - Evelyn Underhill
"When love has carried us above all things ... we receive in peace the Incomprehensible Light, enfolding us and penetrating us. What is this Light, if it be not a contemplation of the Infinite, and an intuition of Eternity? We behold that which we are, and we are that which we behold; because our being, without losing anything of its own personality, is united with the Divine Truth." - Jan van Ruysbroeck
"How great a thing is Love, great above all other goods: for alone it makes all that is heavy light, and bears evenly all that is uneven. ...Nought is sweeter than love, nought stronger, nought higher, nought wider: there is no more joyous, fuller, better thing in heaven or earth. For love is born of God, and cannot rest save in God, above all created things."
- Thomas à Kempis
"Love rules the court, the camp, the grove men below and saints above: For love is heaven and heaven is love."
- Walter Scott
"We priests must live in two worlds, the World of Form and the Otherworld of Force, for true existence involves the constant intercourse of both. Let our goal therefore be to live and thrive between form and force, being in the World, but not of it." - St. Corneille
"The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured, for this is the great error of our day, that physicians first separate the soul from the body." - Plato
"When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which, with certainty, separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?" - Rene Descartes
"Always leave room to make your own mistakes, it gives you space to make choices and keeps your worst critic from hating yourself too much." - D'Artagnon
"I think what we fear are the possibilities; but the truth we already know." - Fox Mulder