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A Quote by Saint Simeon the New Theologian on god, sacred, spirit, knowledge, wisdom, man, humility, mindfulness, gifts, and self

  I pray, you brother and sisters: let us strive with every means at our disposal to know ourselves.  Then each one of us, starting with this self knowledge, will be able to discover what is too high for us.  We need know ourselves so well that we can say like David: "I am worm and not a man " (Psalms 22:7) or like Abraham: "I am dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:7).  Otherwise it will be impossible to understand even the smallest part of the Word of God, to interpret it in a spiritual way worthy of the Spirit of wisdom.  Without humility it is not possible to become recipient of the gifts of the Spirit.    

Saint Simeon the New Theologian

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, judgement, good, self reliance, delusion, strength, spirituality, advice, man, and truth

For this reason, we should, with all our strength, guide ourselves toward God's will and not trust in our own heart.  Even if there is a good thing to be done, but we have testimony of some saint that it is not good, we must on the one hand hold that which is good, but on the other, not trust in our ability to perform it properly in the way it should be done.  We must do all that we can, but at the same time, ask advice as how to do it.  After we have done it, we should ask if we have done it well, and even when we act thus must not be carefree but await the judgment of God.  As the saintly man, Abba Agathon said, when he was asked, "Are even you afraid, father?"  He replied, "I have done what I could but I do not know if my work pleased God.  God's judgment is one thing, and man's is another."  May God shelter us from danger of guiding ourselves, and make us worthy of our fathers.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by unknown on god, gifts, man, riches, patience, humility, authority, justice, virtues, and illness

Saint Peter Damaskin writes about the general and particular gifts of God and says: "The general gifts consist of four elements and all which result from them, as all the wonderful and awesome works of God outlined in Holy Scripture. The particular gifts are those gifts which God bestows upon every man individually whether it be riches for the sake of charity or poverty for the sake of patience with humility; whether it be authority for the sake of justice and the strengthening of virtues or subjugation and slavery for the sake of the expeditious salvation of the soul; be it health for the sake of helping the infirm or illness for the sake of the wreath of patience; be it understanding and skill in gain for the sake of virtue or weakness and lack of skill for the sake of submissive humility. All of this, even though it appears contrary to one another, nevertheless, it is by its purpose very good." In conclusion, St. Peter Damaskin says that we are obligated to give thanks to God for all gifts and with patience and hope to endure all tribulations and evil consequences. For all of that which God gives us or permits to befall us, benefits our salvation.

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Source: Proluge of Ohrid http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, norms, culture, modernity, nietzsche, nature, mankind, responsibility, and man

Nietzsche recognized the prodigious accomplishment of the Greeks in at least two seismic insights:  (1) that man was somehow capable of being cultured to become more than just another heteronomous "phenomenon" within nature, society or history, i.e. he could in the most exemplary or extraordinary of cases stand in some sort of parity with the ultimate principles that shape and drive and organize existence (which is as much as to say:  the gulf between aristoi and douloi is as abysmal as the chasm between cosmos and chaos, between arche and hyle or principle and matter); and (2) that in man nature—in actuality culture—had managed to produce a true prodigy of timebinding self-mastery, "an animal that dared to promise" and to make itself live up to its promised responsibility.  Modern behaviorism and economism and scientism have undereaten the foundations of all these normative accomplishments.  All the spiritual and rational and cultural and philosophical achievements of premodern civilization had long ago become nothing more than a treasury of rhetoric for moderns to pillage and deplete.  Culturally considered, modern "culture" is de facto a form of entropy or self-parasitism, a thieving or vampiric world-order that accomplishes nothing whatsoever in the domain of norms; on the contrary it bleeds this domain down to nothing, to pathos.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Dag Hammarskjold on sacrifice, life, sincere, disciplined, incorruptible, and man

Smiling, sincere, incorruptible -
His body disciplined and limber.
A man who had become what he could,
And was what he was--
Ready at any moment to gather everything
Into one simple sacrifice.

Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)

Source: Markings, The enduring Spiritual Classic, translated from the Swedish by Leif Sjoberg & W. H. Auden, pg. 2

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A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on zen, man, religion, philosophy, culture, morality, creation, master, children, behaviour, playful, and serious

Zen's greatest contribution is to give you an alternative to the serious man. The serious man has made the world, the serious man has made all the religions. He has created all the philosophies, all the cultures, all the moralities; everything that exists around you is a creation of the serious man. Zen has dropped out of the serious world. It has created a world of its own which is very playful, full of laughter, where even great masters behave like children.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Nansen: The Point of Departure, chapter 8

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A Quote by Thor Heyerdahl on man, invention, armaments, inhuman, assault, friend, and foe

Man invents the most inhuman armaments to assault others so like himself that uniforms are needed to distinguish between friend and foe.

Thor Heyerdahl

Source: Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day

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A Quote by James Hart on evolution, universe, energy, man, manifestation, existence, conscious, unconscious, man, and god

Evolution is the development of the energy of the universe in such a way that it has an increasing ability to consciously control itself and the universe around it. It is a progressive change from the unconscious to the conscious. We are the universe trying to comprehend itself. Man is the corporeal manifestation of the universe trying to control its own destiny. Man is God in the process of coming into existence.

James Hart

Source: Eugenic Manifesto

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A Quote by Joel S. Goldsmith on man, power, destruction, awareness, god, and realisation

"Man is always seeking a power, a power to overcome something or destroy something; and therefore he is not living in the awareness of God, because in the realization of the presence of God there is no need to overcome, to destroy, or to do anything."

Joel S. Goldsmith

Source: Beyind Words And Thoughts, Pg. 24

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