It is only by a total death to self we can be lost in God.

— Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

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If knowing answers to life's questions is absolutely necessary to you, then forget the journey. You will never make it, for this is a journey of unknowables - of unanswered questions, enigmas, incomprehensibles, and, most of all, things unfair.


Prayer is the key of perfection and of sovereign happiness;

it is the efficacious means of getting rid of all vices and of acquiring all virtues; for the way to become perfect is to live in the presence of God.


He who has a pure heart will never cease to pray;

and he who will be constant in prayer, shall know what it is to have a pure heart.


Self-seeking is the gate by which a soul departs from peace;

and total abandonment to the will of God, that by which it returns.


Oh, that we fully understood how very opposite our self-righteousness is to the designs of God!


All consolation that does not come from God is but desolation;

when the soul has learned to receive no comfort but in God only, it has passed beyond the reach of desolation.


In your occupations, try to possess your soul in peace.

It is not a good plan to be in haste to perform any action that it may be sooner over. On the contrary, you should accustom yourself to do whatever you have to do with tranquility, in order that you may retain the possession of yourself and of settled peace.


It is the fire of suffering that brings forth the gold of godliness.


Let no one ask a stronger mark of an excellent love to God, than that we are insensible to our own reputation.


The only way to Heaven is prayer; a prayer of the heart, which every one is capable of, and not of reasonings which are the fruits of study, or exercise of the imagination, which, in filling the mind with wandering objects, rarely settle it; instead of warming the heart with love to God, they leave it cold and languishing.


My soul was not only brought into harmony with itself and with God, but with God's providence. In the exercise of faith and love, I endured and performed whatever came in God's providence, in submission, in thankfulness, and silence.


Secrets of the incomprehensible wisdom of God, unknown to any besides Himself! Man, sprung up only of a few days, wants to penetrate, and to set bounds to it. Who is it that hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been His counselor?


About Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

Quotes 28 sayings
Birthday April 13, 1648

The very discovery of these hidden things is in itself a purifying experience! The soul needs to discover what is inside. The self nature needs to see what it really is, and what it is like-right to the very bottom.


God causes us to promise in time of peace what He exacts from us in time of war;

He enables us to make our abandonments in joy, but He requires the fulfilment of them in the midst of much bitterness.


Our activity should consist in placing ourselves in a state of susceptibility to Divine impressions, and pliability to all the operations of the Eternal Word.


To rob God of nothing; to refuse Him nothing; to require of Him nothing; this is great perfection.


It is a great truth, wonderful as it is undeniable, that all our happiness - temporal, spiritual, and eternal - consists in one thing; namely, in resigning ourselves to God, and in leaving ourselves with Him, to do with us and in us just as He pleases.


We never know how strongly we cling to objects until they are taken away, and he who thinks htat he is attached to nothing, is frequently grandly mistaken, being bound to a thousand things, unknown to himself.


The more wants we have, the further we are from God, and the nearer we approach him, the better can we dispense with everything that is not Himself.


I have never found any who prayed so well as those who had never been taught how. They who have no master in man, have one in the Holy Spirit.


O my God, how true it is that we may have of Thy gifts and yet may be full of ourselves!


We must forget ourselves and all self-interest, and listen, and be attentive to God.


How can they be delivered from the life of self, who are not willing to abandon all their possessions? How can they believe themselves despoiled of all, who possess the greatest treasure under heaven? Do not oblige me to name it, but judge, if you are enlightened; there is one of them which is less than the other, which is lost before it, but which those who must lose everything have the greatest trouble in parting with.


The soul seeks God by faith, not by the reasonings of the mind and labored efforts, but by the drawings of love; to which inclinations God responds, and instructs the soul, which co-operates actively. God then puts the soul in a passive state where He accomplishes all, causing great progress, first by way of enjoyment, then by privation, and finally by pure love.


Surrender yourselves then to be led and disposed of just as God pleases, with respect both to your outward and inward state.


Ah, if you knew what peace there is in an accepted sorrow!


God's designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing about these designs, are infinitely wise.