absence

A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on absence, contentment, divinity, love, perfection, and pleasure

The signs of the soundness of the servant's love for his Lord are three: absence of self-willing; pleasure in every event which takes place through divine decree; and seeing the perfection of the Beloved in everything and being content with Him in everything through submission to Him in all things.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 124

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on absence, awareness, god, heart, mind, and self-awareness

Invoking the letters of God's Name without presence of mind is invocation of the tongue; invoking with presence of mind is invocation of the heart; and invoking with an absence of self-awareness because of absorption in the Invoked is the invocation of the Self - this is the hidden invocation!

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 51

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on absence, change, cities, country, separation, and silence

Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Alfred Kissinger on absence and mind

The absence of alteratives clears the mind marvelously.

Henry Kissinger (1923 -)

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A Quote by Helen Adams Keller on absence, belief, blessings, conviction, cooperation, effort, evil, good, helpful, men, men and women, optimism, patience, rest, soul, struggle, suffering, women, and world

I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us into the soul of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcomings of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

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A Quote by Hannah More on absence, love, and water

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.

Hannah More (1745 - 1833)

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A Quote by Gordon MacDonald on absence, confusion, direction, emptiness, encouragement, garden, god, growth, guidance, metaphor, order, peace, potential, quiet, sharing, spirit, spirituality, tranquility, and wisdom

For me the appropriate metaphor for the inner spiritual centre is a garden, a place of potential peace and tranquility. This garden is a place where the Spirit of God comes to make self-disclosure to share wisdom, to give affirmation or rebuke, to provide encouragement, and to give direction and guidance. When this garden is in proper order, it is a quiet place, and there is an absence of busyness, of defiling noise, of confusion. The inner garden is a delicate place, and if not properly maintained it will be quickly overrun by intrusive under-growth. God does not often walk in disordered gardens. And that is why inner gardens that are ignored are said to be empty.

Gordon MacDonald

Source: Cultivating Our Spiritual Garden

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A Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley on absence, appreciation, beauty, concern, egotism, gratitude, ignorance, knowledge, mind, pleasure, selfishness, and ugliness

Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief. We have seen our beaches, our parks, our forests littered with ugly refuse by those who evidently have no appreciation for their beauty. I have driven through thousands of acres of blackened land scourged by a fire evidently set by a careless smoker whose only concern had been the selfish pleasure gained from a cigarette.

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910 -)

Source: the Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by George Eliot on absence, fear, and quality

. . . said of the pitfalls of scrutinizing oneself too closely: It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, "Know thyself," and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Lyon, the independent minister, in Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 5 (1866)

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A Quote by Frederick W. Thomas on absence, art, belief, love, and power

'T is said that absence conquers love; But oh believe it not! I've tried, alas! its power to prove, But thou art not forgot.

Frederick W. Thomas (1808 - ?)

Source: Absence Conquers Love.

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