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Reporter: When you pray, what do you say to God?
Mother Theresa: Nothing. I just listen.
Reporter: What does God say to you?
Mother Theresa: Nothing. God just listens, too. And if you don't understand that, I can't explain it to you.

I have seen my Lord with the eye of my heart, and I said: "Who are You?" He said: "You."

"The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."

Years ago I went to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and did what all tourists there do: wrote some words on a scrap of paper that I tucked into a crevice in the wall. When I closed my eyes and touched my head to the warm stone, it came to me: “All language is prayer.” This must be so. Who is it we are speaking to when we speak to anyone? To that person, and also past him or her to Out There. If there is language, it means there is the possibility of being heard, being met, being loved. And reaching out to be heard, met, or loved is a holy act. Language is holy.

If you do not see God in the next person you see, you need look no further.

You may have a limited view of Jesus if you a not a Christian, but it is more likely that your view of him is limited if you are a Christian.

You are the light of the world. Work out your salvation.

Be lamps to yourselves...
Work out your salvation with care.

No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.

God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.

“Our kingdom go” is the necessary and unavoidable corollary of 'Thy kingdom come.' For the more there is self, the less there is of God. The divine eternal fulness of life can be gained only by those who have deliberately lost the partial, separative life of craving and self-interest, of egocentric thinking, feeling, wishing, and acting.

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy."

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Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

Christian music, Christian yoga, Christian books, Christian business, the list is endless. Heck, you can even buy a Christian President nowadays. I'm not completely sure what the advantages are to purchasing something Christian. It seems a little like the new and improved Tide-- you know it's supposed to be better, you're just not sure how.

I may even take up smoking if there were a good Christian cigarette.

I do not fear death, in view of the fact that I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

You are not a man or woman. You are what is experiencing the man or woman's life. You are not a worker. You are experiencing the life of a worker. You are not the robin, but that which is experiencing the life of a robin. Two things. The Experiencer and that which is experienced. Two things. That which sees and that which is seen.

Concepts create idols of God, of whom only wonder can tell us anything.

Quit eating off the tree of the knowlege of good and evil - it didn't do anything for us to begin with and it isn't helping us today - just eat from the tree of life. Don't try to figure out whether where you are and what you are doing is good or evil, just figure out how to put you eyes and your heart on Jesus. Eating from the tree of Life is the easiest thing you'll ever do. The fruit is low to the ground where anyone can reach it.

Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.

Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars; and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world. . . . Till you are intimately acquainted with that shady nothing out of which the world was made; till you love men so as to desire their happiness with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own; till you delight in God for being food to all; you never enjoy the world.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

“Tom . . . does everyone in the world . . . know he's alive?”
“Sure. Heck, yes!”
“I hope they do,” whispered Douglas. “Oh, I sure hope they know.”

Just sit there right now. Don't do a thing. Just rest. For your separation from God is the hardest work in the world."

I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats.

You are perfect just as you are, and you could use some improvement!

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment!

Knowing that you are nothing is Wisdom,
Knowing that you are everything is Love.

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Last updated January 1, 2006