Born: 1260

Die: 1328

Occupation: Philosopher

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Meister Eckhart

Some people prefer solitude. They say their peace of mind depends on this. Others say they would be better off in church. If you do well, you do well wherever you are. If you fail, you fail wherever you...

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Meister Eckhart

Nobody at any time is cut off from God.

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There is nothing so much like God in all the universe as silence.

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...Where and when God finds you ready, he must act and overflow into you, just as when the air is clear and pure, the sun must overflow into it and cannot refrain from doing that.

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Our best chance of finding God is to look in the place where we left him.

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People should think less about what they ought to do and more about what they ought to be. If only their being were good, their works would shine forth brightly. Do not imagine that you can ground your...

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Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.

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The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they're not punishing you, they're freeing your soul....

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Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter.

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The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees,...

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Jesus might have said, I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me.

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The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God's love; but if the soul cannot yet feel the longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.

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A man may go into the field and say his prayer and be aware of God, or he may be in Church and be aware of God; but if he is more aware of Him because he is in a quiet place, that is his own deficiency...

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Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.

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[W]e must come into a transformed knowing, an unknowing which comes not from ignorance but from knowledge.

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Whatever thou sayest of God is untrue.

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People should not worry so much about what they do but rather about what they are.

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The now wherein God made the world is as near this time as the now I am speaking in this moment, and the last day is as near this now as was yesterday.

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God is nearer to me than I am to myself; He is just as near to wood and stone, but they do not know it.

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God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.

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For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.

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People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what they are. If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant. If you are righteous, then what you do will also be righteous....

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It is a fair trade and an equal exchange: to the extent that you depart from things, thus far, no more and no less, God enters into you with all that is his, as far as you have stripped yourself of yourself...

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No one is forgotten. It is a lie, any talk of God that does not comfort you.

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All that God asks you most pressingly is to go out of yourself … and let God be God in you

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Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul.

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Love God, and do as you like, say the Free Spirits. Yes; but as long as you like anything contrary to God's will, you do not love Him.

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Let God work in you, give the work to God, and have peace. Don't worry if He works through your nature or above your nature, because both are His, nature and grace.

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To be right, a person must do one of two things: either he must learn to have God in his work and hold fast to him there, or he must give up his work altogether. Since, however, we cannot live without...

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Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections...

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Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The kind of work we do does not make us holy, but we may make it holy.

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Do not cling to the symbols, but get to the inner truth!

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God is in all things, but so far as God is Divine and so far as He is rational, God is nowhere so properly as in the soul - in the innermost of the soul

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The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.

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God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.

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This is my only and permanent complaint, that vulgar people, empty of the Spirit of God, want to judge solely by their human thinking what they listen to or read in the Bible, which has been pronounced...

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In this breaking-through, I receive that God and I are one. Then I am what I was, and then I neither diminish nor increase, for I am then an immovable cause that moves all things.

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Even stones have a love, a love that seeks the ground.

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Everything is full and pure at its source and precisely there, not outside.

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I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will!

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The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore if you want to discover nature's nakedness you must destroy its symbols,...

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Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with...

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Knowledge comes through likeness. And so because the soul may know everything, it is never at rest until it comes to the original idea, in which all things are one. And there it comes to rest in God.

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Love is the root of all joy and sorrow.

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The seed of God is in us: Pear seeds grow into pear trees; Hazel seeds into hazel trees; And God seeds into God.

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To the extent that you eliminate ego from your activities, God comes into them - but no more and no less. Begin with that, and let it cost you your uttermost. In this way, and no other, is true peace to...

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What our Lord did was done with the intent, and this alone, that he might be with us and we with him.

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This then is salvation - when we marvel at the beauty of created things and praise their beautiful Creator.

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What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God....

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To the quiet mind all things are possible.

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This much is certain: when a man is happy, happy to the core and root of beatitude, he is no longer conscious of himself or anything else.

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He is conscious only of God...To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self.

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The soul loves the body. And consider too how it is that the body is more in the soul than the soul is in the body.

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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

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Whoever possesses God in their being has Him in a divine manner, and He shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see.

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Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love a cow - for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the...

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God does not work in all hearts alike, but according to the preparation and sensitivity He finds in each.

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We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born.

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Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God.

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One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be.

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There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him... It has nothing in common with anything created.

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To be properly expressed a thing must proceed from within, moved by its form: it must come, not in from without but out from within.

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I am what I wanted and I want what I am.

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The most important hour is always the present. The most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now. The most necessary work is always love.

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I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.

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The soul is created in a place between Time and Eternity: with its highest powers it touches Eternity, with its lower Time.

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To get at the core of God at his greatest, one must first get to the core of himself at his least, for no one can know God who has not first known himself. This core is a simple stillness, which is unmoved...

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You will have peace to the extent that you have God, and the further you are away from God the less you will be at peace... Thus you may measure your progress with God by measuring your peace or the lack...

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As long as I am this or that, or have this or that, I am not all things and I have not all things. Become pure till you neither are nor have either this or that; then you are omnipresent and, being neither...

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What does God do all day long? He gives birth. From the beginning of eternity, God lies on a maternity bed giving birth to all. God is creating this whole universe full and entire in this present moment.

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When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order

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Relation is the essence of everything that exists.

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Meister Eckhart

The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell.

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The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.

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The Ultimate and Highest leave taking is leaving God for GOD, leaving your notion of God for an Experience of That which transcends all notions.

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Philosophers say the Soul is double-faced, her upper face gazes at God all the time and her lower face looks somewhat down, informing the senses; and the upper face, which is the summit of the soul, is...

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And so, too, I speak of love: he who is held by it is held by the strongest of bonds, and yet the stress is pleasant. Moreover, he can sweetly bear all that happens to him. When one has found this bond,...

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If anyone went on for a thousand years asking of life: 'Why are you living?' life, if it could answer, would only say, 'I live so that I may live.' That is because life lives out of its own ground and...

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One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books, but no one can get anything out of life without God.

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The love by which we love God is the very same love with which God has first loved us.

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Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

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Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.

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A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's,...

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God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.

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Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.

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There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand...

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You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

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To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.

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The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.

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All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.

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What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

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He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.

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Every creature is a word of God.

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The more we have the less we own.

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God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.

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We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that...

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What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.

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Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

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A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.

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The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.

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Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.

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If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.

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The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.

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Words derive their power from the original word.

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The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.

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God is bound to act, to pour Himself into thee as soon as He shall find thee ready

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Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.

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It is in the darkness that one finds the light.

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I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.

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If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell. An likewise, if you would know the reality of Nature, you must destroy the appearance, and the farther you go beyond the appearance, the nearer you...

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Wisdom consists in doing the next think you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.

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In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.

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Grace pours all beauty into the soul ... The soul means the world.

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God wants nothing from you but the gift of a peaceful heart.

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If you love yourself, you love everybody else as you do yourself. As long as you love another person less than yourself, you will not succeed in loving yourself, but if you love all alike, including yourself,...

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To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process

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One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.

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There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven.

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Above all else, know this: Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones. For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive

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Everything is meant to be lost, that the soul may stand in unhampered nothingness

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Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.

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Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly all nature seeks God and works toward [God].

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He who can make distinction in God without number or quantity, knows that the three persons of the Trinity are one God.

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When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.

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Be ready at all times for the gifts of God, and always for new ones.

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That's all an angel is....an idea of God.

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The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.

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Action and becoming are one.

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The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

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God is not good, or else he could do better.

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And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

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God is at home. We are in the far country.

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Meister Eckhart

If I had a friend and loved him because of the benefits which this brought me and because of getting my own way, then it would not be my friend that I loved but myself. I should love my friend on account...

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Meister Eckhart

I need to be silent for awhile, worlds are forming in my heart.

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God is greater than God.

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Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.

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My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read.

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Treat all things as if they were loaned to you without any ownership - whether body or soul, sense or strength, external goods or honors, house or hall . . . everything.

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Meister Eckhart

As long as I am this or that, I am not all things.

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God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away. God lies in wait for us with nothing so much as love.

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Know that when you seek anything of your own, you will never find God, because you do not seek God purely. You are seeking something along with God, and you are acting just as if you were to make a candle...

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Meister Eckhart

What good is it that Christ was born [2,000] years ago if he is not born now in your heart?

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God is at his greatest when I am at my least.

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Meister Eckhart

You need seek God neither below or above.He is no farther away than the door of the heart.

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There is no greater valor nor no sterner fight. He who would be what he ought to be must stop being what he is.

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Even now one rarely hears of people achieving great things unless they first stumble in some respect.

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Meister Eckhart

That which a man acquires by contemplation he should spend in love.

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Meister Eckhart

When I experience Love I must go to God. When I experience non-attachment God must come to me.

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Meister Eckhart

The kind of work we do does not make us holy, but we can make it holy. However "sacred" a calling may be, as it is a calling, it has no power to sanctify; but rather as we are and have the divine being...

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Meister Eckhart

No-one knows what the soul is. But what we do know is, the soul is where God works compassion

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