Thomas Moore

1779 - 1852

A Quote by Thomas Moore on soul, reflection, contemplation, beauty, life, and rest

It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal's rhythm of rest and activity.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Thomas Moore on bearty, art, images, profile, narcissism, transformation, curator, cure, and souls

Narcissus lays his head on the grass by the pool, and then he quietly disappears into the underworld, where he continues to gaze at the image in the waters of the river Styx. Our images, especially those that appear in life and play important roles in episodes of transformation, stay with us forever. Once we have entertained an image, it is always potentially present to our gaze. You visit the Uffizi Gallery and see Botticelli's "Primavera," and then for a lifetime you dream of it or you talk about it frequently as a measure of beauty. Unexpectedly it presents itself in a moment of thought or in a discussion, reminding you of its eternal presence. This fragment of the myth suggests that we might continually make soul out of our narcissism by preserving and tending to the images that have come to us throughout our lives. This is the basis of art therapy or journal-keeping: making a home for certain images that have been transforming. Certain photographs or old letters might be related to the pool of water. Culturally, of course, we are constantly invited into the depths of ourselves by the plays, paintings, sculptures, and buildings of past centuries. Art can be a cure for narcissism. The words "curator" and "cure" are essentially the same. By being the curator of our images, we care for our souls.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul

Contributed by: Bird

A Quote by Thomas Moore on change and imagination

True change takes place in the imagination.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Contributed by: aphiemi

A Quote by Thomas Moore on life and eternity

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Unknown

Contributed by: James

A Quote by Thomas Moore on soul food and soul

The soul doesn't distinguish between good and bad as much as between what is nutritious and what isn't.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: SoulMates, Pages: 79

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Thomas Moore on friends, friendship, loss, and abandonment

Pythagoras asks that we not let a friend go lightly, for whatever reason.  Instead, we should stay with a friend as long as we can, until we're compelled to abandon him completely against our will.  It's a serious thing to toss away money, but to cast aside a person is even more serious.  Nothing in human life is more rarely found, nothing more dearly possessed.  No loss is more chilling or more dangerous than that of a friend.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: SoulMates, Pages: 208

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Thomas Moore on questions, answers, insights, searching, focus, intent, and loss

In a story told in many traditions and versions; a man is crouched over the ground at night under a lamppost obviously looking for something.  A passerby asks, "Have you lost something?", "Yes, my key," he says.  "Did you lose it here?"  "No", he says, "over there, but there's light over here."

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: SoulMates, Pages: 155

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Thomas Moore on politics, death, nature, respect, worldview, interrelated, connections, unconnected, conscience, neglect, patience, and imagination

Only in a thoroughly unrelated world can we poison nature without conscience, neglect our children and the poor, and righteously slay thousands of enemy soldiers because we don't have the patience or imagination for negotiation.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: SoulMates, Pages: 105

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Thomas Moore on truth, insight, and soul

Truth is not really a soul word; soul is after insight more than truth.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 246

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Thomas Moore on narcissism, fantasy, and ungrounded

When we are narcissistic, we are not on solid ground (earth) or thinking clearly (air) or cought up in passion (fire).  Somehow if we follow the myth, we are dreamlike, fluid, not clearly formed, more immersed in a stream of fantasy than secure in a firm identity.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 57

Contributed by: HeyOK

Syndicate content