A Quote by John Donne on christ, death, discovery, home, joy, lies, love, music, paradise, saints, sermons, soul, and yielding

Since I am coming to that holy room Where, with thy choir of saints for evermore I shall be made thy music, as I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think here before. Whilst my physicians by their love are grown Cosmographers, and I their map, who lie Flat on this bed, that by them may be shown That this is my southwest discovery, PER FRETUM FEBRIS, by these straits to die, I joy that in these straits I see my west; For though their currents yield return to none, What shall my west hurt me? As west and east In all flat maps (and I am one) are one, So death doth touch the resurrection. Is the Pacific Sea my home? Or are The eastern riches? Is Jerusalem? Anyan, and Magellan, and Gibraltar, All straits, and none but straits, are ways to them, Whether where Japhet dwelt, or Cham, or Shem. We think that Paradise, and Calvary, Christ's cross, and Adam's tree, stood in one place; Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me; As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam's blood my soul embrace. So, in his purple wrapp'd receive me, Lord, By these his thorns give me his other crown; And as to others' souls I preached thy word, Be this my text, my sermon to mine own: "Therefore, that he may raise, the Lord throws down."

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness [written c. 1623 or I63I], St. 1

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A Quote by Johann Kaspar Lavater on honesty and saints

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741 - 1801)

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A Quote by Jerome Klapka Jerome on business, dogs, and saints

He is very imprudent, a dog; he never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or the wrong, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That is enough for him.

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 - 1927)

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A Quote by James Montgomery on angels, christianity, death, deed, desires, earth, fatherhood, god, jesus, life, mind, music, prayer, saints, sincerity, songs, sons, soul, speech, spirit, truth, and path

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed, The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, The falling of a tear, The upward glancing of an eye When none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech That infant lips can try; Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach The Majesty on high. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, The Christian's native air, His watchword at the gates of death; He enters heav'n with prayer. Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice, Returning from his ways, While angels in their songs rejoice And cry, "Behold, he prays!" The Saints in prayer appear as one In word and deed and mind, While with the Father and the Son Their fellowship they find. Nor prayer is made on earth alone: The Holy Spirit pleads, And Jesus at the Father's throne For sinners intercedes. O thou by whom we come to God, The Life, the Truth, the Way! The path of prayer thyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray. Music: George Careless, 1839-1932, #145

James Montgomery (1771 - 1854)

Source: What is Prayer?

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A Quote by Isaac Watts on day, immortality, pain, purity, and saints

There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign; Infinite day excludes the night, And pleasures banish pain.

Isaac Watts (1674 - 1748)

Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book ii. Hymn 66.

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on art, god, impossibility, knowledge, logic, prophets, reason, saints, and senses

Imam al-Ghazali: God is much too great for the senses to reach Him or for reason and logic to plumb the depths of His Majesty. Indeed, He is much too great for anyone but Himself to plumb the depths of His Majesty or for anyone but Himself to know Him. Verily, no one knows God but God. The highest degree of gnosis that His servants can attain is the realization that true gnostic knowledge of Him is impossible for them. Furthermore, no one can know that in its totality except a Prophet of a righteous saint (siddiq). As for the Prophet, he has clearly expressed this by saying, "I cannot enumerate the ways of praising Thee; Thou art as Thou has praised Thyself." As for the righteous saint, he says, "The incapacity to attain realization is a realization."

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 113

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on companions, deed, men, saints, shame, and vices

Saint Augustine! well has thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! . . . The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Ladder of Saint Augustine

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on communication, corruption, manners, and saints

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by George Herbert Walker Bush on diversity, generosity, guidance, hope, saints, and unity

I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity - in important things, diversity - in all things, generosity.

George H.W. Bush (1924 -)

Source: Inaugural Address, 1989

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on death, god, heart, and saints

When Zarathustra was alone . . . he said to his heart: "Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not yet heard of it, that God is dead!"

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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