A Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert on god, devotion, and worldly pleasures

I want to have a lasting experience of God... Sometimes I feel like I understand the divinity of this world, but then I lose it because I get distracted by my petty desires and fears.  I want to be with God all the time, but I don't want to be a monk, or totally give up worldly pleasures.  I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Source: Eat,Love, Pray: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia (chapter 8, pp. 26-27)

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A Quote by Abu Sa'id Lbn Abi-L-Khayr on god, living, devotion, and mystic

The true mystic is not a devotee lost in ecstatic communion with the One, or a reclusive saint who avoids others. The true mystic lives alongside other people - coming and going, eating and sleeping, buying and selling, marrying and chatting - but not for a moment does he forget God.

Abu Sa'id Lbn Abi-L-Khayr

Contributed by: Ameya

A Quote by David Guterson on childhood love, glass box, sea, childhood, love, devotion, and anxiety

He decided then that he would love her forever no matter what came to pass.  It was not so much a matter of deciding as accepting the inevitability of it. It made him feel better, though he felt perturbed, too, worried that this kiss was wrong.  But from his point of view, at fourteen years old, their love was entirely unavoidable.  It had started on the day they’d clung to his glass box and kissed in the sea, and now it must go on forever.  He felt certain of this.

David Guterson

Source: Snow Falling on Cedars, Pages: 100

Contributed by: giygas

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