Every one should find some suitable time, day or night, to sink into his depths, each according to his own fashion. Not every one is able to engage in contemplative prayer.

— Johannes Tauler

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As a good wine must be kept in a good cask, so a wholesome body is the proper foundation for a well-appointed inner ground.


You have within you many strong and cruel enemies to overcome.

You must know that there are still a thousand ties which you must break. No one can tell you what they are; only you can tell by looking at yourself and into your heart.


A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises.


Often when He comes, He finds the soul occupied.

Other guests are there, and He has to turn away. He cannot gain entry, for we love and desire other things; therefore, His gifts, which He is offering to everyone unceasingly, must remain outside.


Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.


In the kingdom of heaven it is His work that will be crowned, not yours.

Anything in you that He has not wrought Himself will count for nothing.


The gracious, eternal God permits the spirit to green and bloom and to bring forth the most marvelous fruit, surpassing anything a tongue can express and a heart conceive.


God does not lead all His servants by one road, nor in one way, nor at one time;

for God is in all things; and that man is not serving God aright, who can only serve Him in his own self-chosen way.


If ye keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him, in one short hour ye can learn more from Him than ye could learn from Man in a thousand years.


God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received.


Never believe that true prayer consists in mere babbling, reciting so many psalms and vigils, saying your beads while you allow your thoughts to roam.


Is it not shameful and a great scandal that we poor latecomers, we Christians, aided by grace, the Faith, and the sacraments, should be running about like blind hens, ignorant of our own self and of the depth within us?


About Johannes Tauler

Quotes 37 sayings
Profession Preacher
Birthday October 16

Spiritually good people, pure in heart, who long for the Blessed Sacrament but cannot receive at the time, can receive spiritually... even a hundred times a day, in sickness and in health, with immeasurable grace and profit.


Let God and all his creation teach you what your sins are.


Such sins, even if they do not kill all grace in us, do harm, nevertheless;

and though they are only venial in themselves, they make us apt, ready, and inclined to lose grace and to fall into mortal sin.


Your meditations may be as profound, as exalted, as devout as you like;

you may practise every pious exercise you can manage, but all this is as nothing in comparison with the Blessed Sacrament. What we do may be godly, but this sacrament is God Himself!


If you fall seventy times a day, rise seventy times and return to God so that you will not fall too often.


Judge yourself; if you do that you will not be judged by God, as St. Paul says. But it must be a real sense of your own sinfulness, not an artificial humility.


If we really want to achieve true prayer, we must turn our backs upon everything temporal, everything external, everything that is not divine.


To discern what weaknesses and faults separate you from God, you must enter into your own inward ground and then confront yourself.


What matters most is a good and ready will to obey God.


Rid yourself of anything that is not directed toward God.


God in His wisdom has decided that He will reward no works but His own.


In prayerful silence you must look into your own heart.

No one can tell you better than yourself what comes between you and God. Ask yourself. Then listen!


In the school of the spirit, man learns wisdom through humility.


He who desires to become a spiritual man must not be ever taking note of others, and above all of their sins, lest he fall into wrath and bitterness, and a judging spirit towards his neighbours.


You don't have to leave the world to be holy and grow closer to the Holy One.


Man must do his part and detach himself from created things.


Judge yourself; if you sincerely and humbly do that, you will not be judged by God.


For where there is true love, a man is neither out of measure lifted up by prosperity, nor cast down by mishap; whether you give or take away from him, so long as he keeps his beloved, he has a spring of inward peace. Thus, even though thy outward man grieve, or weep downright, that may well be borne, if only thy inner man remain at peace, perfectly content with the will of God.


Like blind hens, we are ignorant of our own self and the depths within us.


I never mingled with men, but I came home less of a man than I went out.


Everything depends on this: a fathomless sinking into a fathomless nothingness.


Give yourself entirely to God, enter and hide in the hidden ground of your soul.


In the most intimate, hidden and innermost ground of the soul, God is always essentially, actively, and substantially present. Here the soul possesses everything by grace which God possesses by nature.


God is infinite and without end, but the soul's desire is an abyss which cannot be filled except by a Good which is infinite; and the more ardently the soul longeth after God, the more she wills to long after him; for God is a Good without drawback, and a well of living water without bottom, and the soul is made in the image of God, and therefore it is created to know and love God.

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