nature

A Quote by Saint Maximos the Confessor on god, christianity, nature, reality, passion, pain, mind, compassion, and truth

In the beginning, passion and pain were not created together with the body; nor forgetfulness and ignorance together with the soul; nor the ever-changing impressions in the shape of events with the mind.  All these things were brought about in man by his disobedience.

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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A Quote by Franz Winkler MD on analytical intellect, consciousness, ecstasy, heart, intuition, intuitive perception, life, mysticism, nature, perception, reality, science, solitude, soul, spirit, and time

Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature.  Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality.  Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness.  But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember.  Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him.  Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first.  If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter.  While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition.  If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man's heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.

Franz Winkler

Source: Man: The Bridge Between Two Worlds, Pages: 229-230

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A Quote by Arthur Eddington on nature, responsibility, and truth

Whatever else there may be in our nature, responsibility toward truth is one of its attributes.

Arthur Eddington

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

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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 Annie Dillard on nature, leaves, deciduous, economic, capitalism, and extravagance

Nature is, above all, profligate. Don't believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. Extravagance! Nature will try anything once.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on nature, science, einstein, looking, comprehending, truth, and joy

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by John Muir on circle, consciousness, nature, self, spirit, and unity

To lovers of the wild, these mountains are not a hundred miles away.  Their spiritual power and the goodness of the sky make them near, as a circle of friends. ... You cannot feel yourself out of doors; plain, sky, and mountains ray beauty which you feel.  You bathe in these spirit-beams, turning round and round, as if warming at a camp-fire.  Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Source: A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on life, nature, and seek

Who are you, Nature?
I live in you;
for fifty years I have been seeking you,
and I have not found you yet.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Philosophical Dictionary

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A Quote by John Hay Allison on discipline, doctrine, faith, nature, quest, ransom, standard, truth, and universe

Truth is the discipline of the ascetic, the quest of the mystic, the faith of the simple, the ransom of the weak, the standard of the righteous, the doctrine of the meek, and the challenge of Nature.  Together, all these constitute the Law of the universe.

John Hay Allison

Source: Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles

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