QUOTES about SPIRITUALITY and MYSTICISM

Coincidences are spiritual puns. Gilbert K Chesterton

Mysterious beings we seek from birth; what does that mean to me? Something we seek, and as we age it becomes more elusive, yet our spirit remains willing, but our flesh grows weak. Anton LaVey

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. Einstein

An angel is a spiritual being, created by god without a body, for the service of Christendom. Martin Luther

There is no limit on the number of times your father can come to life. … You may think that love is all that is left of him, but when he comes, he comes with all his winters, and all his wounds. Then, before you can touch him, he’s gone, leaving on your fingers a little more of his weariness, a little more of his love. Quote from: The Father I Had by Martin Townsend.

To know, to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic art, of which the best logic's can but babble on the surface. Thomas Carlyle

Phantoms in general are nothing more than trifling disorders of the spirit; images we cannot contain within the bounds of sleep. Luigi Pirandello

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Einstein

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. Emerson

The mystical trend of our time, which shows itself particularly in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism, is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion. Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning. Albert Einstein

My favorite creature is the unicorn. Existing in the mystical, a place of myths and dreams, it can become whatever we conceive, born of our yearnings. Myra T. Jenkins

Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there. Bonnie Raitt

Mysticism keeps mankind sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. G.K.Chesterton

Without mysticism man can achieve nothing great. Andre Gide

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. Martin Luther King

There’s only one correct name for a cat: Your Majesty. A cat is a priestess in a fur coat. A cat doesn't go where it’s invited; it appears where it’s needed. A cat loves with all its heart, but not so fervently that there’s nothing left over for itself. Nothing is as damply magical as a kitten’s kiss. Source: Cleo: how a small black cat helped to heal a family by Helen Baum

The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs. Cicero

There is in every miracle a silent chiding of the world, and a tacit reprehension of them who require, or who need miracles. John Donne 

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it contains all that is dispassionate of the disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. Joseph Conrad

It is when we try to grapple with another man’s intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun. Joseph Conrad 

Authentic spirituality is revolutionary. It does not legitimate the world, it breaks the world; it does not console the world, it shatters it. And it does not render the self content, it renders it undone. Ken Wilber

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Einstein

Children, after being limbs of Satan in traditional theology and mystically illuminated angels in the minds of educational reformers, have reverted to being little devils; not theological demons inspired by the evil one, but scientific Freudian abominations inspired by the unconscious.  Bertrand Russell

The ghost is the outward and visible signs of an inward fear. Ambrose Bierce

Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. William Butler Yeats

Anecdote: Midwife and nurse Jennifer Worth writes in shadows of the Workhouse: I disagree wholly with the notion that there is no point in staying with an unconscious patient because he or she does not know you are there. I am perfectly certain, through years of experience and observation, that unconsciousness, as we define it, is not a state of unknowing. Rather, it is a state of knowing and understanding on a different level that is beyond our immediate experience.

To be bewitched is not to be saved, though all the magicians and aesthetes in the world should pronounce it to be so. Santayana 

The city is the image of the soul, the surrounding walls being the frontier between the outward and inward life. The gates are the faculties or senses connecting the life of the soul with the outward world. Living springs of water rise within it. And in the center, where beats the heart, stands the holy sanctuary. Quoted from St Catherine of Siena

Many pet owners feel a strong spiritual bond with their domestic animals. This is often the case when dogs aid in the well-being of the ill or disabled. In the words of one such owner of a dog called Mandy, “She does whatever I ask. She sneezes on command, dances and even prays. My secret: I hold an image in my mind of what I want her to do, and then project this image to her.” Quote Source: To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin

Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham. Joseph Conrad 

When clouds envelope me, I fear those furious angels that will never forgive me for what I beg forgiveness, and I know that in my prayers to whatever father or wherever, that I seek an easy and satisfying way too feel comfortable in my death. It keeps me going in daily life, but I know deep down in my inner soul that this is ridiculous in the eyes of my maker. John R. Aldrich 

The truly spiritual, promise a heaven fashioned from your perceptions. J. D. Miles

A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part. Nathaniel Hawthorne

When you are young, you enjoy a sustained illusion that sooner or later something marvelous is going to happen, that you are going to transcend your parents’ limitations… At the same time, you feel sure that in all the wilderness of possibility; in all the forests of opinion, there is a vital something that can be known and grasped. That we will eventually know it, and convert the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. So that then one’s true life; the point of everything, will emerge from the mist into a pure light, into total comprehension. But it isn't like that at all. But if it isn't  where did the idea come from, to torture and unsettle us?  Brian Aldiss

It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit; divorced from it, they remain barren. Bertrand Russell

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives not by truth but by make-believe. Somerset Maugham 

The souls must enter the absolute from which they have emerged. They must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them, and if they have not completed this condition in one life, they must commence another, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God. Quote from: The Kabbalah

Every man contemplates an angel in his future self. Emerson

Most people go on living their everyday life: half-frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragic-comedy that is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world. Einstein

Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to what we know of nature. Source: The Rope in the Water by Sylvia Fraser

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. Oscar Wilde

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit. G. K. Chesterton

Prosperity doth bewitch men, seeming clear; but seas do laugh, show white, when rocks are near. John Webster

There is no great difficulty to separate the soul from the body, but it is not so easy to restore life to the dead. Sa’di 

We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet it is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed. James Baldwin

To share your spiritual self or grounding with anyone brings about a reality that must assert itself. Roger Kaufman 

The old religionist cried out for his god. The new religionist cries out for some god to be his. G. K. Chesterton

Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future. Aesop

To me, spirituality is about two things: The liberation of consciousness from all illusion, so that the true nature can shine and an embodiment in life that is an alternative to the patterns of manipulation and greed that dominate our current culture. John Bund

The mystery of a person, indeed, is ever divine to him that has a sense for the godlike. Thomas Carlyle

Every real object must cease to be what it seemed, and none could ever be what the whole soul desired. Santayana 

There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun. Sir Thomas Browne

What is divine escapes men’s notice because of their incredulity. Heraclitus

Often do the spirits stride on before the event; and in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A sanctity hangs about the sources of our being, whether physical, social, or imaginary. Santayana

There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read may read our natures. Sir Thomas Browne

The spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger. Cicero 

The soul may be a mere pretense; the mind makes very little sense. So let us value the appeal of that which we can taste and feel. Piet Hein   

Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth. Tennessee Williams

To the modern spirit, disillusioned, or at least unillusioned, the great evil to be avoided is sentimentality. Irwin Edman  

Love’s mysteries in souls do grow, but yet the body is his book. John Donne

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise. Gore Vidal

All fiction for me is a kind of magic and trickery, a confidence trick, trying to make people believe something is true that isn’t. Angus Wilson

Illusions are art for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do. Elizabeth Bowen

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. Cyril Connolly

After a separation of eighteen years, due to an abduction, author Jaycee Dugard’s mother told her: “I knew I would see you again. Do you remember when we used to sit outside on the porch swing and talk about the moon as it rose high in the sky? Well, when you were taken from me, I used the moon to talk to you. I've been talking to you for so long. The other night the moon was full and bright and I asked the moon okay, where are you, Jaycee? The next day I got the call saying you had been found.” Quote Source: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Grieve not because thou understand-not life’s mystery; behind the veil is concealed many a delight. Hafiz

She gasped; the lobster had screamed before it was dropped into the boiling pot. Source: Thoughts of reincarnation by Mary Sims

A breath of life, an empty bowl, then, but non-existent; displayed only to believers, the disembodied soul. Alvin Sager     

No man can understand the angel, for he is free of predictability; his spirit rises in the morning and fly’s with the bees, yet belongs nowhere, yet be everywhere as wild as the poppy. Patrick Rainer 

Whatever connects us to the natural world, and to each other, is an antidote to powerlessness and despair. I've learned that nurturing is as essential to the giver as to the recipient, and that it empowers us in a transcendent and mysterious way. Lift a fledgling bird in your hand and release it skyward. Our always fledgling spirits will fly with it. Creative nurturing can take place anywhere, and is always mutual, no matter where it begins. Quote from: Where the Trail Grows Faint by Lynne Hugo 

We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual. George F. Will

Aren't the stars beautiful? Thousands of them twinkling so far from us, yet so near. Who knows what it’s like in the universe where they are? … I can’t breathe when I look at them. I bet somewhere out there we could understand what life is really about, and find a way to bring a bit more meaning into this world. Quote from: Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra

Most people do not take heed of the things they encounter, nor do they grasp them even when they have learned about them, although they suppose they do. Heraclitus

Real life is, to most men, a long second best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible. Bertrand Russell

The record of Joan of Arc’s first mystical experience was documented at her trial of condemnation in Britain.  “When I was thirteen years old, I heard a voice from God sent to govern my conduct. The first time, I was very afraid. This voice came in summertime, around the noon hour, in my father’s garden. … I heard the voice on the right-hand side, towards the church. There was usually a great light. After I had thrice heard this voice, I knew it was the voice of an angel.” Joan of Arc

Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings. George Orwell

The souls of all our brethren are ever hovering about us, craving for a caress, and only waiting for the signal.  Maurice Maeterlinck

There is indeed no such thing in life as absolute darkness; one’s eyes revolt and hasten to fill the vacuum by floating in sparks, dream patterns, figures whimsical and figures grotesque, shifting and clad in complementary colors, to appease the indignant cups and rods of the retina. Gelett Burgess

The worst of a modern stylish mansion is that it has no place for ghosts. Oliver Wendell Holmes

To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one’s life asleep. Proverb

Anecdote: When actor Alec Guinness first saw the young James Dean’s 1955 Porsche, something instinctive forced him to warn Dean that this car would result in his death. “What an awful thing to say,” Dean replied.  Some months later, Dean was killed in a collision while at the wheel of this vehicle. Source: My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness

Let the fruition of things bless the possession of them, and take no satisfaction in dying but living rich. Thomas Browne

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the worlds phenomena intersect only once in this way and never again. Hermann Hesse

If the great beasts are gone, man will surely die of a great loneliness of spirit. Quote source: Native American Chief Seattle, 1884

Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body. Santayana


People say that we're searching for the meaning of life. I don't think that’s it at all. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive: The power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

DEFINITION and MEANING
Spirituality and mysticism are akin in that both address a realm in after-life not recognized by any generally established religion. Spiritualists are often asked by others to convey or communicate thoughts and wishes between themselves and someone close to them who has died. 

In addition, many people have had mystical experiences during which they feel sure a deceased loved-one has come forward, when least expected, in order to provide vital information or to warn against menace.