Spirituality Quotes

 A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Eventually, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public Treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The world's greatest civilizations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage. 
Author: Andrew Tyler Fraser
Nationality: American   
 A good deal of so-called atheism is itself, from my point of view, theologically significant. It is the working of God in history, and judgement upon the pious. An authentic prophet can and should be a radical critic of spurious piety, of sham spirituality. 
Author: James Luther Adams
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1901  - d. 26 July 1994
  
 A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. 
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1944
  
 A man can be free even within prison walls.Freedom is something spiritual.Whoever has once had it, can never lose it.There are some people who are never free outside a prison. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it.He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts.It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him.He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings.This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought.Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual.... 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Christian: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Coincidences are spiritual puns. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. 
Author: Shakti Gawain
Nationality: American
b. 30 September 1948
  
 Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. 
Author: Archibald Alexander Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1823  - d. 12 November 1886
  
 Get rid of imagined guilt. You did the best you could at the time, all things considered. If you made mistakes, learn to accept that we are all imperfect. Only hindsight is 20-20. If you are convinced that you have real guilt, consider professional or spiritual counseling (with a competent and trustworthy counselor). If you believe in God a pastor can help you believe also in God's forgiveness. 
Author: Amy Hillyard Jensen
Nationality: American   
 God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one: but we are not always ready to receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things. 
Author: Saint Augustine
Nationality: Numidian
b. 13 November 354  - d. 28 August 430
  
 Golf is a spiritual game.It's like Zen.You have to let your mind take over.  
Author: Amy Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1956
  
 Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 I am amazed at how many young people tell me of their spiritual search and are genuinely surprised when I suggest they check out the church as a resource. They are not hostile to the idea - just truly astonished by the novel notion that a church might have something to do with spirituality. 
Author: Rev. Tim Costello
Nationality: Australian   
 I do believe I have something of importance to transmit. I think of myself as speaking to an inviolate part of other people, around which there is a sort of nearly sacred perimeter, a significant space, a place where the human being really has removed to, with all his most important spiritual possessions. 
Author: Saul Bellow
Nationality: American
b. 10 June 1915  - d. 5 April 2005
  
 I think there is probably in most lives a point at which private confession is both natural and salutary, very largely because it is felt to be the fitting and almost inevitable beginning of a new spiritual chapter in personal life. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 Indeed, the whole world is imagination, while He is the Real in Reality.Whoever understand this knows all the secrets of the Spiritual Path. 
Author: Ibn Al-'Arabi
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 1165  - d.  December 1240
  
 It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Love in its essence is spiritual fire. 
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 8 February 1688  - d. 29 March 1772
  
 Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash. 
Author: Joyce Brothers
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1929
  
 Moral and spiritual decay have brought about the demise of more great nations (empires) than any invading enemy force, plague, famine and natural disasters combined. 
Author: Joseph P. Martino
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Nothing is more repulsive than a furtively prurient spirituality; it is just as unsavory as gross sensuality. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both its origin and dissolution. There is no true superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: Swiss   
 One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Personally I incline to think that wherever a situation emerges in which the cohabitation of the husband and wife cannot reasonably or equitably be required, there a prima facie case for divorce must be held to exist. Before one could rightly order these folk to go apart, we must be well assured that they are not in spiritual fact married. In the region of essential morals we cannot stake everything on the presence or absence of the legal certificate. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation. 
Author: Margaret Deland
Nationality: American
b. 23 February 1857  - d. 13 January 1945
  
 Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves of the ocean pounding on the rocks or the turbulent splashing of a bubbling waterfall. At other times we are amazed by the immovable silence of a mountain or the gentle caress of a river overjoyed tat its union with the sea. The topography of a region speaks to each one of us - a secret language that people from all facets of life understand and relate to. 
Author: Stuti Garg
Nationality: American   
 Spiritual force is stronger than material force; thoughts rule the world. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Spiritual superiority only sees the individual. But alas, ordinarily we human beings are sensual and, therefore, as soon as it is a gathering, the impression changes -- we see something abstract, the crowd, and we become different. But in the eyes of God, the infinite spirit, all the millions that have lived and now live do not make a crowd, He only sees each individual. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different.Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being.And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. 
Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1878  - d. 5 October 1969
  
 The genius of Man in our time has gone into jet-propulsion, atom-splitting, penicillin-curing, etc. There is none over for works of imagination; of spiritual insight or mystical enlightenment. I asked for bread and was given a tranquilizer. It is important to recognize that in our time man has not written one word, thought one thought, put two notes or two bricks together, splashed color on to canvas or concrete into space, in a manner which will be of any conceivable imaginative interest to posterity. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The knowledge of Christ's love for us should cause us to love Him in such a way that it is demonstrated in our attitude, conduct, and commitment to serve God. Spiritual maturity is marked by spiritual knowledge being put into action. 
Author: Edward Bedore
Nationality: American   
 The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 ... the possible final calls of an individual souls are completely known to God alone, and to the soul itself, with some real knowledge, only and when it has advanced considerably on the spiritual way 
Author: Baron Friedrich von Hugel
Nationality: Austrian
b. 05 May 1852  - d. 27 January 1925
  
 The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others.I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others.For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. 
Author: Felix Adler
Nationality: American
b. 13 August 1851  - d. 24 April 1933
  
 There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, Although they come and go by day, Are like the smith's bellows: They take breath but are not alive. 
Author: Acharya Nagarjuna
Nationality: Indian
b. December 150  - d.  December 250
  
 To be sure, this requires effort and love, a careful cultivation of the spiritual life, and a watchful, honest, active oversight of all one's mental attitudes towards things and people. It is not to be learned by world-flight, running away from things, turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, one must learn an inner solitude, where or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind. 
Author: Meister Eckhart
Nationality: German
b. December 1260  - d.  December 1327
  
 To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony. 
Author: William Ellery Channing
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1780  - d. 2 August 1842
  
 To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities - that is not to be taken seriously in politics. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency - clear, interested thinking and fearless action along the right lines of thought. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong. 
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nationality: American
b. 14 June 1811  - d. 1 July 1896
  
 Wherever the United States is resisting aggression; wherever the United States or the United Kingdom or any other country is seeking to ensure that there will be a chance for free expression of the spirit of man from himself and not from dictatorship; wherever there is a joint attempt to improve not only the material but the spiritual standards of life of the peoples of the world; then, Sir, we go Waltzing Matilda with you. 
Author: Sir John Gorton
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 September 1911  - d. 19 May 2002
  
 Who does not know that no clergyman, however hard working and devoted, can maintain his spiritual influence if his domestic life be ill-ordered and unhappy? 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 You are a spiritual being having a human experience, not a human being having a spiritual experience. 
Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Nationality: American
b. 10 May 1940
  
 You know, religion is organized spirituality. But there's an inherent contradiction there, because the moment you try to organize spirituality, you destroy its essence. So religion is spirituality in which the spiritual has been killed. 
Author: Tom Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1936
  
 Young people know that the public secular institutions of government, media, unions and educational institutions like our universities are running on empty because they have little language of interconnectedness or priority for spiritual values. Indeed, many of these institutions are terrified by the mushrooming interest in spirituality. 
Author: Rev. Tim Costello
Nationality: Australian   
 The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by means of solidification. There also exists, however, a spiritual present that identifies past and future through dissolution, and this mixture is the element, the atmosphere of the poet. 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 Human society is a ceaseless growth, an unfoldment in terms of spirituality. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of "spirit" over matter. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 Music is the mediator between spiritual and sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. 
Author: Barbara de Angelis
Nationality: American   
 Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way. 
Author: Tom Brokaw
Nationality: American
b. 06 February 1940
  
 I grew up in an agnostic household. I was free to do whatever, to choose my path - I've been on a spiritual path all my life - but that includes a lot of different kinds of spirituality. 
Author: Lucinda Williams
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1953
  
 I have an interest in spirituality, and it opens up so many different areas of Indian life. 
Author: Francois Gautier
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1950
  
 I was immediately attracted by this totally Indian and spiritualised atmosphere. 
Author: Francois Gautier
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1950
  
 My main point here is that if you are the child of God and God is a part of you, then in your imagination, God is supposed to look like you. And when you accept a picture of the deity assigned to you by another people, you become the spiritual prisoners of that other people. 
Author: John Henrik Clarke
Nationality: American
b. 1 January 1915  - d. 16 July 1998
  
 Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds 
Author: John Henrik Clarke
Nationality: American
b. 1 January 1915  - d. 16 July 1998
  
 The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 Religion consists herein, that man in his own person, with his own spiritual eye, immediately beholds and possesses God. This, however, is possible through pure independent thought alone; for only through this does man assume real personality, and this alone is the eye to which God becomes visible.  
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 From you dear husband, I would have no secrets. You have made me feel that you could not take much interest in my spiritual experience. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is. He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy - the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops. 
Author: William Saroyan
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1908  - d. 18 May 1981
  
 It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs. 
Author: Saint Francis de Sales
Nationality: French
b. 21 August 1567  - d. 28 December 1622
  
 Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. 
Author: Stella Adler
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1901  - d. 21 December 1992
  
 The lash may force men to physical labor, it cannot force them to spiritual creativity. 
Author: Sholem Asch
Nationality: American
b. 1 November 1880  - d. 10 July 1957
  
 It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.  
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace. 
Author: Alexis Carrel
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1873  - d. 5 November 1944
  
 On this connection there was also the point that I was anxious to prove that spiritual progress did not depend on religious or moral codes, but was like any other science. Magick would yield its secrets to the infidel and the libertine, just as one does not have to be a churchwarden in order to discover a new kind of orchid. There are, of course, certain virtues necessary to the Magician; but they are of the same order as those which make a successful chemist. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality. The spirit of nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor. 
Author: George William Russell
Nationality: Irish
b. 10 April 1867  - d. 17 July 1935
  
 We may fight against what is wrong, but if we allow ourselves to hate, that is to insure our spiritual defeat and our likeness to what we hate. 
Author: George William Russell
Nationality: Irish
b. 10 April 1867  - d. 17 July 1935
  
 The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer. 
Author: William Ames
Nationality: English
b. December 1576  - d. 14 November 1633
  
 When we have spiritual reading at meals, when we have the rosary at night, when we have study groups, forums, when we go out to distribute literature at meetings, or sell it on the street corners, Christ is there with us. 
Author: Dorothy Day
Nationality: American
b. 8 November 1897  - d. 29 November 1980
  
 The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 I've only paid lip service to a spiritual life. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Like Yoga, the spiritual life is actually very difficult. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 The deeper you get into Yoga you realize it is a spiritual practice. It's a journey I'm making. I'm heading that way. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. 
Author: Leo Buscaglia
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1924  - d. 11 June 1998
  
 It is hardly to be believed how spiritual reflections when mixed with a little physics can hold people's attention and give them a livelier idea of God than do the often ill-applied examples of his wrath. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 These days I see America identified more and more with material things, less and less with spiritual standards. These days I see America acting abroad as an arrogant, selfish, greedy nation interested only in guns and dollars, not in people and their hopes and aspirations. We need a faith that dedicates us to something bigger and more important than ourselves or our possessions. Only if we have that faith will we be able to guide the destiny of nations in this the most critical period of world history. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 Protestantism is a religion which is void both of spirit and form, a flower without color or fragrance. It is a rattle given into the hand of a child to keep him quiet, when he was crying for candy. Their belief is not very different from that of the new sect called among Muslims Ahl-i-Hadith, who stick to the letter exclusive of the spiritual personalities; to them the book is more important than a kindled heart. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 Attachment to spiritual things is just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.  
Author: Beverly Sills
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1929  - d. 2 July 2007
  
 I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 I really think that's the key, part of the spiritual renewal that America needs to have, the notion that we really can have confidence in a better tomorrow. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 There are a number of steps that we can take to reinvigorate and rebuild the economic and the physical infrastructure of our country and then to rebuild us, frankly, on a spiritual level. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 We are even more conscious of the economic improvement in Canada, and of the political, social and spiritual background that has made this possible. 
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1890  - d. 26 September 1961
  
 The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self. 
Author: Marianne Williamson
Nationality: American
b. 8 July 1952
  
 The spiritual path - is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it. 
Author: Marianne Williamson
Nationality: American
b. 8 July 1952
  
 Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit, no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual. 
Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Nationality: American
b. 10 May 1940
  
 There is, I discover, a regular propaganda on foot; a long time ago - no man can recall how far back - the Wholesale Pickpockets made the discovery of the ease with which a man's pockets could be rifled while he was preoccupied with spiritual exercises, and they began offering prizes for the best essays in support of the practice. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence? What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich? What are we to say when we see idealism become hypocrisy, and the moral and spiritual heritage of mankind twisted to the knavish purposes of class-cruelty and greed? What I say is - Bootstrap-lifting! 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 It has always appeared to me, that there is so much to be done in this world, that all self-inflicted suffering which cannot be turned to good account for others, is a loss - a loss, if you may so express it, to the spiritual world. 
Author: Sir Arthur Helps
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1813  - d. 7 March 1875
  
 Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. 
Author: Sir Arthur Helps
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1813  - d. 7 March 1875
  
 There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendency extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe. The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all. She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh. 
Author: John Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. December 1560  - d.  December 1622
  
 We admit no faith to be justifying, which is not itself and in its own nature a spiritually vital principle of obedience and good works. 
Author: John Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. December 1560  - d.  December 1622
  
 I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code - even though it was a great yawn - also showed people's interest in religion. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.  
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 When push comes to shove, it ain't the science that's going to lift you up - it's the belief, the spiritual side of life, that's going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources - spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 So basically through a courtship of letters... I learned about a human being. It was not something I wanted, needed, or looked for, but because he was a stronger person than I was, spiritually and on a tolerance level, I was lucky enough that he educated me... I always thought of marriage as a death sentence, that there'd be a ball and chain, and you'd be told, "You need to stop doing these things and become a good little wife." Now people say "Oh my God you're going to have sex with one person the rest of your life!" I hope I have sex with him for the rest of my life - because I like it! 
Author: Sandra Bullock
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1964
  
 We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world - mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 The memory of war weighs undiminished upon the people's minds. That is because deeper than material wounds, moral wounds are smarting, inflicted by the so-called peace treaties. Material loss can be made up through renewed labor, but the moral wrong which has been inflicted upon the conquered peoples, in the peace dictates, leaves a burning scar on the people's conscience. The Versailles Dictate cannot be an eternal document, because not only its economic, but also its spiritual and moral premises are wrong. 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 Perhaps we should warn you that there is one thing you won't read, and that is a pat answer for the problems of life. We don't pretend to make this a spiritual or psychological patent-medicine chest where one can come and get a pill of wisdom, to be swallowed like an aspirin, to banish the headaches of our times. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 The first thing that the human species has to do to prepare itself for the cosmic office to which it finds itself appointed is to explore human nature, to find out what are the possibilities open to it, including, of course, its limitations, whether inherent or imposed by the facts of external nature. The great men of the past have given us glimpses of what is possible in the way of personality, of intellectual understanding, of spiritual achievement, of artistic creation. But these are scarcely more than Pisgah glimpses. We need to explore and map the whole realm of human possibility, as the realm of physical geography has been explored and mapped. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 How to create new possibilities for ordinary living? What can be done to bring out the latent capacities of the ordinary man and woman for understanding and enjoyment; to teach people the techniques of achieving spiritual experience, after all, one can acquire the technique of dancing or tennis, so why not of mystical ecstasy or spiritual peace?; to develop native talent and intelligence in the growing child, Instead of frustrating or distorting them? 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 We are beginning to realize that even the most fortunate people are living far below capacity, and that most human beings develop not more than a small fraction of their potential mental and spiritual efficiency. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 On the whole, we will repeat that this Religion of Mahomet's is a kind of Christianity; has a genuine element of what is spiritually highest looking through it, not to be hidden by all its imperfections. The Scandinavian God Wish, the god of all rude men, this has been enlarged into a Heaven by Mahomet; but a Heaven symbolical of sacred Duty, and to be earned by faith and well-doing, by valiant action, and a divine patience which is still more valiant. It is Scandinavian Paganism, and a truly celestial element superadded to that. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment - a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat. 
Author: Brendan Behan
Nationality: Irish
b. 9 February 1923  - d. 20 March 1964
  
 Rev. Mr. Monday, the Prophet of Punch, has shown that he is the world's greatest salesman of salvation, and that by efficient organization the overhead of spiritual regeneration may be kept down to an unprecedented rock-bottom basis. He has converted over two hundred thousand lost and priceless souls at an average cost of less than ten dollars a head. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Deeds rather than words express my concept of the part religion should play in everyday life. I have watched constantly that in our movie work the highest moral and spiritual standards are upheld, whether it deals with fable or with stories of living action. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Combativeness was, I suppose, the dominant trait in my grandmother's nature. An aggressive churchgoer, she was quite without Christian feeling; the mercy of the Lord Jesus had never entered her heart. Her piety was an act of war against the Protestant ascendancy articles attacking birth control, divorce, mixed marriages, Darwin and secular education were her favourite reading. The teachings of the Church did not interest her, except as they were a rebuke to others. The extermination of Protestantism, rather than spiritual perfection, was the boon she prayed for. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 The true Vedantic spirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas. It possesses absolute liberty and unrivalled courage among religions with regard to the facts to be observed and the diverse hypotheses it has laid down for their coordination. Never having been hampered by a priestly order, each man has been entirely free to search wherever he pleased for the spiritual explanation of the spectacle of the universe. 
Author: Romain Rolland
Nationality: French
b. 29 January 1866  - d. 30 December 1944
  
 The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment. 
Author: Paramhansa Yogananda
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 January 1893  - d. 7 March 1952
  
 Such humans - probably anthropoid apes - live in the Western Sudan and other distant corners of the world. They are close to animals by their habits, deeds and behavior. The human has features that distinguish him from other creatures, but he has other features that unite him with the animal world, vegetable kingdom or even with the inanimate bodies. Before [the creation of humans], all differences between organisms were of the natural origin. The next step will be associated with spiritual perfection, will, observation and knowledge. All these facts prove that the human being is placed on the middle step of the evolutionary stairway. According to his inherent nature, the human is related to the lower beings, and only with the help of his will can he reach the higher development level. 
Author: Nas?r al-D?n al-T?s?
Nationality: Persian
b. 18 February 1201  - d. 26 June 1274
  
 I don't believe that there are no spiritual beings around us. I don't know what to call them, I don't know how they work. But I know they're there. 
Author: Martha Beck
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1962
  
 After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophic, and none so spiritual as the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. The more you know it, the more you will love it; the more you try to understand it, the more deeply you will value it. Make no mistake; without Hinduism, India has no future. Hinduism is the soil into which India's roots are struck, and torn of that she will inevitably wither, as a tree torn out from its place. Many are the religions and many are the races flourishing in India, but none of them stretches back into the far dawn of her past, nor are they necessary for her endurance as a nation. Everyone might pass away as they came and India would still remain. But let Hinduism vanish and what is she? A geographical expression of the past, a dim memory of a perished glory, her literature, her art, her monuments, all have Hindudom written across them. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism, who shall save it? If India's own children do not cling to her faith, who shall guard it? India alone can save India, and India and Hinduism are one. 
Author: Annie Besant
Nationality: English
b. 1 October 1847  - d. 20 September 1933
  
 So during those first moments of the day, which are yours and yours alone, you can circumvent these boundaries and concentrate fully on spiritual matters. And this gives you the opportunity to plan the time management of the entire day. 
Author: Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Nationality: Ukrainian
b. 5 April 1902  - d. 12 June 1994
  
 There are two things to which I am devoted: absolute academic and spiritual freedom, and the subordination of the state to the interests of the individual; expressed in other forms, the furthering of conditions in which the individual can develop to the best of his ability - as far as it is possible with a full understanding of the fetters imposed upon us by tradition; and the fight against all forms of power policy of states or private organizations. This means a devotion to principles of true democracy. I object to teaching of slogans intended to befog the mind, of whatever kind they may be. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 Scientology is used to increase spiritual freedom, intelligence, ability and to produce immortality. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Convince a man that he is an animal, that his own dignity and self-respect are delusions, that there is no 'beyond' to aspire to, no higher potential self to achieve, and you have a slave. Let a man know he is himself, a spiritual being, that he is capable of the power of choice and has the right to aspire to greater wisdom and you have started him up a higher road. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 As human voice and instrument blend in one harmony, as human soul and body blend in each act of feeling, thought, or speech, so, as far as we can know, divinity and humanity act together in the thought and heart and act of the one Christ. 
Author: Archibald Alexander Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1823  - d. 12 November 1886
  




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