Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Bishop Richard Challoner — mental prayer is easy

In spite of what the devil pretends

The devil, who very well knows that such souls as apply themselves seriously to mental prayer will be none of his, makes all possible efforts to divert Christians from this application by a thousand impostures; ...

Giuseppe Garibaldi speaks against the Pope

I am a good Christian and speak to good Christians

I am a Christian and I speak to Christians—I am a good Christian and speak to good Christians. I love and venerate the religion of Christ because Christ came into the world to deliver humanity ...

Asanga's path to perfection

A Yogacara Buddhist

What is a person who has only a single interval? It is a person who is a once-returner who reaches the end of suffering by living only among the gods. What is a person who ...

The Believer’s Hope (from Psalm 91)

A heap of contradictions

He who beneath thy shelt’ring wing resides, Whom thy hand leads, and whom thy glory guides To Heav’n familiar his bold vows shall send, And fearless say to God — Thou art my friend! ’Tis ...

Kanada — India's answer to Aristotle

His name means “atom eater”

He who of His own will spreads out the production, preservation, and destruction of the universe; He who, even though shining forth in suppression of all these, still is not known by other than wise ...

Silvester Jenks — fled at the Glorious Revolution

Love of God is the total sum of Christianity

To make it plainly appear that the love of God above all things is the greatest duty of a Christian, one would think it were enough to show that it is a duty which comprises ...

From the Kama Sutra

Pleasures to be followed with moderation

Pleasures should not be sought for, because they are obstacles to the practice of Dharma and Artha, which are both superior to them, and are also disliked by meritorious persons.... This objection cannot be sustained, ...

The Province of History by James Garfield

Every nation is a canto, and every man a word

The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have ...

The Tree of Wisdom by Nagarjuna

Proponent of emptiness

He who undertakes work which he cannot carry out, Who vies with the multitude and disputes with the powerful, Who lets a woman know his thoughts — The four gods of death sit at his ...

Theodore Frelinghuysen — Bible salesman

"Let it find its way into every cottage"

The Bible has done it sir! Seal up this one Volume and in a half century all these hopes would wither and these prospects perish forever. These sacred temples would crumble or become the receptacles ...

Albert Schweitzer — the mystical Lutheran

"Affirmation of the world... is only possible if I devote myself to other life"

Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life. From an inner necessity, I exert myself in producing values ...

al-Ghazzali — the most influential Muslim after Muhammad

His faith in God, the prophet, and the Last Day

Now from the sciences I had labored at, and the paths I had traveled in my investigation of the revelational and rational sciences (that is, theology and philosophy), there had come to me a sure ...

Escaped moves by King Charles by fleeing to Paris

Mary (Howard) of the Holy Cross

This is the principal service of God, there being nothing on earth which represents more perfectly the state of the blessed in Heaven, than to praise him with fervor and cheerfulness. For it is written: ...

Shakespeare of the Arabic language

al-Hariri of Basrah

Praise be to Allah, the exalted of names, the praised for His bounties, the abundant in gifts, the called upon for the rescinding of calamity; —king of the nations, restorer of rotten bones, honorer of ...

Benjamin Franklin's notion of good works

Letter to Joseph Huey

I can only show my Gratitude for those Mercies from God, by a Readiness to help his other Children and my Brethren. For I do not think that Thanks, and Compliments, tho’ repeated Weekly, can ...

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