The soul of every man does possess the power of learning the truth, and the organ to see it with. . . . Just as one might have to turn the whole body round in order that the eye should see the light instead of the darkness, so the entire soul must be turned away from this changing world until its eye can bear to contemplate reality.
In a certain sense, every single human soul has more meaning and value than the whole of history.
Contradiction is the criterion of reality.
Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all former failures into lessons, all sins into experiences.
There are no mistakes and it’s never boring on the edge of the imagination, which is only pure spirit out having a bit of fun.
So rests the sky against the earth. The dark still tarn in the lap of the forest. As a husband embraces his wife’s body in the faithful tenderness, so the bare ground and trees are embraced by the still high light of the morning. I feel an ache of longing to share this embrace, to be united and absorbed. A longing like carnal desire, but directed towards earth, water, sky, and returned by the whispers of the trees, the fragrance of the soil, the caresses of the wind, the embrace of water and light. Content? No, no, no — but refreshed, rested, while waiting.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
The great trick is to discover what it is that holds people fast to the status quo and then undo the knots — perhaps even on a person-by-person basis.
Salvation is seeing that the universe is good, and becoming a part of that goodness.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea: even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.