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Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us self-control is disastrous.
Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development. Feeling and desire are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creation, in however exalted a guise the latter may present itself to us.
Einstein, The World As I See It
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in such terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress.
Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old."
James Abram Garfield
Words are good, but there is something better, The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only be understood and represented by the spirit. No one knows what he is doing while he is acing rightly, but of what is wrong we are always conscious.
Wisdom is a science by which we discriminate between things spiritually good and evil. It is the science of sciences, for alone, it can understand the value, the true price, the real uses, the danger, and the potentialities of the soul.
Insist on freedom of soul far before freedom of person. Moral liberty alone is important and necessary; the only good, the only use in other liberty is to aid that.
For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (with dots over u) Death The Final Stage of Growth
"A sorrow your soul has changed into sweetness, to indulgence or patient smiles, is a sorrow that shall never return without spiritual ornament; and a fault or defect you have looked in the face can harm you no more, or even be harmful to others."
Maeterlinck, Maurice, WISDOM and DESTINY
"Happiness is like a pair of eyeglasses correcting your spiritual vision."
Morris, Lloyd
Sickness, grief, hardships, etc. are all indispensable elements in the spiritual ascent.
Ananda Moyi
Happiness is reached through physical, mental, moral, and spiritual perfection.
Robert Muller, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness
When one firmly fetters one's heart and keeps it prisoner, one can allow one's spirit many liberties:
Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil
"Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather... the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey."
Alex Noble, In Touch With The Present, Christian Science Monitor, 3-6-79 work or courage directed toward the nurture of our own or another's spiritual growth.
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
I'm a scientist. We don't talk about the spirit. Soul is a four letter word in our tradition.
Candace Pert (said tongue in cheek)
Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit and moderates it.
Seneca De Ira. II 20
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.
Sufi Proverb
Body and spirit are twins; God only knows which is which.
...the crowning growth of the United States is to be spiritual and heroic.
Whitman, Walt, A backward Glance O'er Traveled Roads
It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural Home
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
but by sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken.
Proverbs, XV.13