You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.
It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
From an evolutionary point of view, man has stopped moving, if he ever did move.
It is our duty as men and women to behave as though limits to our ability do not exist. We are collaborators in creation of the Universe.
Love alone can unite living beings so as to complete and fulfill them... for it alone joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth.
To love is to approach each other center to center.
If there were no internal propensity to unite, even at a prodigiously rudimentary levelindeed in the molecule itself it would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up, with us, in 'hominized' form.... Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come into being.
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
The whole of life lies in the verb seeing.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
The end of the world the wholesale internal introversion upon itself of the noosphere, which has simultaneously reached the uttermost limit of its complexity and its centrality ... the overthrow of equilibrium, detaching the mind, furfilled at last, from its material matrix, so that it will henceforth rest with all its weight on God-Omega ... critical point simultaneously of emergence and emersion, of maturation and evasion.
He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.
Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world... life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere.
The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others.
Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.
Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.
We have only to believe. And the more threatening and irreducible reality appears, the more firmly and desperately must we believe. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror unbend, and then smile upon us, and then take us in its more human arms.
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