Quotes

Here are some quotes I find intriguing and inspiring.  Open your mind and push the limit.

All things by immortal power near or far,

Hiddenly to each other linked are

That thou canst not stir a flower

Without the troubling of a star.                       (mystical poet Frances Thompson)

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.  (Albert Einstein)

The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.   (James Jeans, The Mysterious Universe)

Consciousness overlays randomicity to achieve synchronicity; it is the organizing principle of life opposing the disorganizing principles of entrophy.  ( Jung & Pauli)

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small my mind can comprehend it.  (Harry Emerson Fosdick, Riverside Sermons)

Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. (St. Augustine)

Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose…   (JBS Haldane, Possible Worlds & Other Essays)  

We can lick gravity but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.  (Werner Von Braun)

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.  (Edgar Allan Poe)

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.  (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Something you cannot explain to another person is called nistar- ‘hidden’, like the taste of food, which is impossible to describe to one who has never tasted it.  (The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism)

I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired.  (Richard Wagner)

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. (Thomas Henry Huxley)

I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.  (Arthur Eddington)

The human mind will not be confined to any limits.  (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The older I get, the less I know. (Ellis Nelson)  I say this all the time. I mean it and it’s a good thing. But Socrates says it better.

The only true wisdom is in knowing, you know nothing.  (Socrates)

35 responses to “Quotes

  1. I love all of these thoughts, particularly Einstein’s “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Thank you for compiling and sharing these!

  2. Hi Ellis! Thanks for dropping by on my blog, Open Heart Soulutions, and liking my post. I enjoyed reading your blog today! I will visit again!
    Love, Light, Peace
    Janick

  3. Thanks for liking my post on reading – I love these quotes!

  4. Hello Ellis, thank you for your like of my post on Bergson. Best regards, Phil Stanfield

  5. Thank you ellis for liking my post..you have a wonderful blog…am following you…:)

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I quoted there Collingwood’s _Religion and Philosophy_ https://archive.org/details/religionandphil00collgoog , which happens, on its last page, to quote the verses by Francis Thompson that you give as your first quote here.

  7. Inspiring indeed! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  8. Ah, a veritable cornucopia of wonderful knotty quotes to carefully tease out and untangle; thanks for these!

  9. It’s wonderful to see stories written for young folks that help keep the mind supple and inspired! Well done!

  10. Two of my favorites are::
    “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran
    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that our breath away.” – unknown

    L.S. Gibson

  11. I love the one you posted by Harry Emerson Fosdick…very true

  12. eehbahmum

    One of my favourites is “This too shall pass” useful in all situations from the life changing to the irritating.

  13. I think this is my favorite one… I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small my mind can comprehend it. (Harry Emerson Fosdick, Riverside Sermons)

  14. “The only true wisdom is in knowing, you know nothing. (Socrates)”

    Love it! How about this: “Know Thy Self.” (Gate at the Temple at Delphi)
    I’m trying … not sure that it’s really possible, but I’m trying just the same.

    Great Stuff!
    ~kp

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  16. St. Augustine, Einstein and Socrates put them together having a conversation; I would have love to be the fly on the wall listening. Wonderful collection of Quotes.

    • Reminds me that back in the 70s (?) there was this TV show that did this kind of thing. Actors played the roles of famous dead people who would converse on timely topics. I’d love to see this kind of thing back on TV and do away with some of the reality stuff.

  17. Love and be the whole miracle of life… not limited, dead concepts and systems.

    Intelligence goes beyond the boundaries of “them” and “us” and dissolves them forever.

    A passionless mind is dead before it ever gets to the grave.

    You are responsible for the whole of life, because the whole of life is you.

    True beginnings are always entwined with (and part of) true endings.

    Anything, even a heartless machine, can exist as what it was programmed to exist as.

  18. I am glad to say that I’ve just jumped into your wonderful world of words and ideas. I’m here to stay, and wish to share my own favourite quote: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep’ Shakespeare, The Tempest. :)
    All the best!

  19. heartflow2012

    Too many to take in all at once – each one a meditation – this one is my favorite today: “Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” (St. Augustine) Thanks!

  20. Donovan Ranes

    “If you have nothing you would die for, then what do you have to live for?”
    -Martin Luther King Jr.-

    Great quotes. Very inspiring.

  21. Quotes are something I really love. It’s a method of tasting the wisdom of ages in little delicious bites. Best to be savored and enjoyed… not consumed in a short period of time and forgotten. :-)

  22. Wonderful, thought-provoking quotes. Thank you!

    All the best, Andrew

  23. The human mind will not be confined to any limits. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

    I would like to add to that is that the only limitations to the human mind are those imposed upon ourselves.

    Thank you for reminding me not to let my inspiration be limited by worldly inhibitions.

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  25. Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. (Thomas Henry Huxley)

    This one hit home for me today and wish I had it for my post on children’s literature. Hmmm….just might add it – thanks for liking my post

  26. I much enjoyed reading your excellent blog today – spent over one hour on some of the articles and the quotes. Thank you.

  27. My favorite quote never lets me down. Its ” By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin. ;)

  28. I love the keeping of a common book filled with quotations and insights. I submit this one from EA Robinson who was responding to a critic who accused him of seeing the world as a prison house. Robinson wrote: “The world is not a prison house; it is a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell GOD with the wrong blocks.”

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