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Spirituality quote

God generally gives spiritual blessings and deliverances as He does temporal.

ROBERT SOUTH, "Watchfulness and Prayer, a Security from Temptation", Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions


You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.

ANTHONY DE MELLO, One Minute Wisdom


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Spirituality is a broad concept, transcending religious boundaries. By virtue of being human, all people are spiritual, regardless of whether or how they participate in religious observance.

MARGARET A. BURKHARDT, Spirituality: Living Our Connectedness


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What is common to all paths that are spiritual is, of course, the Spirit-breath, life energy, that is why all true paths are essentially one path, because there is only one Spirit, one breath, one life, one energy in the universe. It belongs to none of us and all of us. We all share it. Spiritually does not make us otherworldly; it renders us more fully alive.

MATTHEW FOX, Creation Spirituality


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There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.



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It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Twilight of the Idols


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Spirituality practiced in the state of activity is incomparably superior to that practiced in a state of withdrawal.

ANTHONY DE MELLO, One Minute Wisdom


Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality


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Nothing is more repulsive than a furtively prurient spirituality; it is just as unsavory as gross sensuality.

CARL JUNG, Marriage as a Psychological Relationship


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Spirituality is a brave search for the truth about existence, fearlessly peering into the mysterious nature of life.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality


Spirituality is much wider than any particular religion, and in the larger ideas of it that are now coming on us even the greatest religion becomes no more than a broad sect or branch of the one universal religion, by which we shall understand in the future man's seeking for the eternal, the divine, the greater self, the source of unity and his attempt to arrive at some equation, some increasing approximation of the values of human life with the eternal and the divine values.

SRI AUROBINDO, The Renaissance in India


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On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.

ANNE LAMOTT, interview, beliefnet


If the spiritual values of human existence at its highest term of development and achievement do not endure, amidst all the changes and chances of this mortal universe, there seems to be no stable or coherent meaning in existence. Then the universe is irrational--indeed it is no universe at all.

JOSEPH ALEXANDER LEIGHTON, Man and the Cosmos: An Introduction to Metaphysics


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For me, spirituality includes the belief in things larger than ourselves, an appreciation of nature and beauty, a sensitivity to the world, a feeling of shared connection with other living things, a desire to help people less fortunate than ourselves. All of these things can occur with or without God. I do not believe in the existence of God, but I consider myself a spiritual person in the manner I have just described. I call myself a spiritual atheist. I would imagine that many people are spiritual atheists.

ALAN LIGHTMAN, "Six Questions", Harper's Magazine, March 19, 2014


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When you approach spirituality as an adventure of being alive, you start as you would any adventure--with a sense of mystery and not-knowing. Instead of searching for answers that make you feel safe, you set out into the vastness of life and death, with a willingness to continually grow. You open up to the possibility that your ordinary life is an extraordinary adventure, and that your joys and sorrows have meaning. Spiritual practice becomes your rudder, offering direction and insight and discretion as you venture into the unknown.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure


Spirituality without morality is rootless.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit


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Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, journal entry, July 21, 1836


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The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs.

CICERO, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers


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Spirituality manifests in countless outer forms ... underneath these outward forms, there is a common longing for the sacred, a universal desire to touch and celebrate the mystery of life. It is in the depths of the soul that one discovers the essential and universal dimensions of spirituality.

DAVID N. ELKINS, Beyond Religion


Spirituality is a simple welcoming and blissful attitude towards life, yourself and others. It is an innate intelligence that keeps you aware and sharp as you perform your daily activities. Spirituality is no dogma or philosophy to be forced on you in order to transform you. Spirituality is the science that has created experiential techniques that give you the power and ability to go back to your natural you, the you who retains all your latent intelligence, potential and possibilities, as well as the experience of the truth of Existence.

NITHYANANDA, Life Bliss Magazine, August 2009