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A Quote by Charles Waddell Chesnutt on despair, divinity, heart, kindness, mystery, reflection, and universe

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858 - 1932)

Source: The Marrow of Tradition, 1901

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A Quote by Charles Alexander Eastman on character, control, courage, dignity, endurance, mystery, patience, self-control, and silence

If you ask him: "What is silence?" he will answer, "It is the Great Mystery! The holy silence is His voice!" If you ask: "What are the fruits of silence?" he will say: "They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character."

Charles Alexander Eastman (1858 - 1939)

Source: The Soul of the Indian, 1911

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A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on mystery and struggle

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

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A Quote by Bishop Lancelot Andrewes on art, body, day, earth, glory, god, heaven, life, mercy, mystery, and water

COMMEMORATION Blessed art Thou, O Lord who didst bring forth of water moving creatures that have life, and whales, and winged fowls: and didst bless them, so as to increase and multiply. The things concerning the Ascension: Set up Thyself, O God, above the heavens and Thy glory above all the earth. By thine Ascension draw us withal unto Thee, O Lord, so as to set our affections on things above, and not on things on the earth. By the awful mystery of Thy Holy Body and Precious Blood in the evening of this day: Lord, have mercy.

Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1555 - 1626)

Source: Manuscript notebook of Private Prayers for personal use, which was published after his death.

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A Quote by Bernard Eugene Meland on death, existence, experience, faith, heart, humility, judgment, language, life, mind, mystery, reality, religion, simplicity, truth, and understanding

This stark contrast between the language we use in attending the religious realities, of whatever faith, and the realities themselves should not strike us as strange. Simple acknowledgment of the fallibility of our human forms and symbols should offer precedent enough for insisting that every creature, however elevated or humble, however committed in . . . heart and mind to the truth of the faith, stands under the judgment of reality as lived, of reality as encountered in experience. With the use of language, [we] may appropriately grope toward understanding and toward some degree of intelligibility in responding to what meets us in the lived experiences. But, since we live more deeply than we can think, no formulation of truth out of the language we use can be adequate for expressing what is really real, fully available, fully experienced, within this mystery of existing, in the mystery of dying, or in whatever surpasses these creatural occurrences of such urgent moment to each of us.

Bernard Meland (1871 - 1993)

Source: Fallible Forms and Symbols, 1977

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A Quote by Babatunde Olatunji on gifts, history, mystery, and present

There is no beginning or end. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present.'

Babatunde Olatunji

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A Quote by Arthur Symons on beauty, mystery, style, and virtue

He knew that the whole mystery of beauty can never be comprehended by the crowd, and that while clearness is a virtue of style, perfect explicitness is not a necessary virtue.

Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)

Source: The Symbolist Movement in Literature, 1899, Gérard de Nerval

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on life and mystery

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on faith, mystery, religion, and science

THEOSOPHY, n. An ancient faith having all the certitude of religion and all the mystery of science.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on mathematics, mountains, mystery, philosophy, and truth

See skulking Truth to her old cavern fled, Mountains of Casuistry heap'd o'er her head! Philosophy, that lean'd on Heav'n before, Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more. Physic of Metaphysic begs defence, And Metaphysic calls for aid on Sense! See Mystery to Mathematics fly!

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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