110+ Meister Eckhart Quotes On God, Death And Christmas
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- If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- It is in the darkness that one finds the light.
- Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
- Above all else, know this: Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones. For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive
- Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.
- The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
- The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
- And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
- Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.
- The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.
Meister Eckhart Image Quotes
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. — Meister Eckhart
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. — Meister Eckhart
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Short Quotes
- He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
- People should not worry so much about what they do but rather about what they are.
- The soul does not grow by addition but by subtraction.
- Our bodily food is changed into us, but our spiritual food changes us into it.
- God wants nothing from you but the gift of a peaceful heart.
- God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.
- Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
- The more we have the less we own.
- .... all blades of grass, wood, and stone, all things are One.
- In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Meister Eckhart Quotes On God
If you love yourself, you love everybody else as you do yourself. As long as you love another person less than you love yourself, you will not really succeed in loving yourself but if you love all alike, including yourself, you will love them as one person and that person is both God and man. — Meister Eckhart
What does God do all day long? He gives birth. From the beginning of eternity, God lies on a maternity bed giving birth to all. God is creating this whole universe full and entire in this present moment. — Meister Eckhart
If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God. — Meister Eckhart
God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction. — Meister Eckhart
Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. — Meister Eckhart
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time. — Meister Eckhart
You will have peace to the extent that you have God, and the further you are away from God the less you will be at peace... Thus you may measure your progress with God by measuring your peace or the lack of it. — Meister Eckhart
God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you. — Meister Eckhart
You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. — Meister Eckhart
God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Quotes On Life
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, thank you, that would suffice. — Meister Eckhart
A life of rest and peace in God is good; a life of pain lived in patience is still better; but to have peace in a life of pain is best of all. — Meister Eckhart
Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. — Meister Eckhart
I have often said that a person who wishes to begin a good life should be like one who draws a circle. Let him or her get the center in the right place and keep it so and the circumference will be good. — Meister Eckhart
If anyone went on for a thousand years asking of life: 'Why are you living?' life, if it could answer, would only say, 'I live so that I may live.' That is because life lives out of its own ground and springs from its own source, and so it lives without asking why it is itself living. — Meister Eckhart
To get at the core of God at his greatest, one must first get to the core of himself at his least, for no one can know God who has not first known himself. This core is a simple stillness, which is unmoved itself but by whose immobility all things are moved and all receive life. — Meister Eckhart
Through the higher love the whole life of man is to be elevated from temporal selfishness to the spring of all love, to God: man will again be master over nature by abiding in God and lifting her up to God. — Meister Eckhart
The very best and noblest attainment in this life is to be silent and let God work and speak within. Therefore it is said: 'In the midst of silence the secret word was spoken to me'. — Meister Eckhart
There is no stopping place in this life--nor is there ever one for any person, no matter how far along the way one's gone. — Meister Eckhart
One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books, but no one can get anything out of life without God. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Quotes On Place
Our best chance of finding God is to look in the place where we left him. — Meister Eckhart
The second means of attraction which He used is Emptiness, as we see when we place one end of a hollow pipe in water, and draw up it by suction; the water runs up the stem to the mouth, because the emptiness of the pipe, from which the air has been drawn, draws the water to itself. — Meister Eckhart
We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity.... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me. — Meister Eckhart
We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me. — Meister Eckhart
The moral task of man is a process of spiritualization. All creatures are go-betweens, and we are placed in time that by diligence in spiritual business we may grow liker and nearer to God. The aim of man is beyond the temporal - in the serene region of the everlasting Present. — Meister Eckhart
The soul is created in a place between Time and Eternity: with its highest powers it touches Eternity, with its lower Time. — Meister Eckhart
If we keep our eyes fixed on God alone, then truly he must work in us and nothing, neither the crowd nor any place can hinder him in this. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Quotes On Love
What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love. — Meister Eckhart
The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God's love; but if the soul cannot yet feel the longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God. — Meister Eckhart
God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away. God lies in wait for us with nothing so much as love. — Meister Eckhart
When I experience Love I must go to God. When I experience non-attachment God must come to me. — Meister Eckhart
A pure heart is one that is unencumbered, unworried, uncommitted and which does not want its own way about anything but which, rather, is submerged in the loving will of God. — Meister Eckhart
The love by which we love God is the very same love with which God has first loved us. — Meister Eckhart
Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter. — Meister Eckhart
Even stones have a love, a love that seeks the ground. — Meister Eckhart
Love God, and do as you like, say the Free Spirits. Yes; but as long as you like anything contrary to God's will, you do not love Him. — Meister Eckhart
Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Quotes On Learn
A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. — Meister Eckhart
One must learn an inner solitude, where or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind. — Meister Eckhart
One must learn an inner solitude, wherever or with whomsoever he may be. — Meister Eckhart
Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there. — Meister Eckhart
For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again. — Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart Famous Quotes And Sayings
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. — Meister Eckhart
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. — Meister Eckhart
There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. — Meister Eckhart
Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The kind of work we do does not make us holy but we may make it holy. However “sacred” a calling may be, as it is a calling, it has no power to sanctify. — Meister Eckhart
To the extent that you eliminate ego from your activities, God comes into them - but no more and no less. Begin with that, and let it cost you your uttermost. In this way, and no other, is true peace to be found. — Meister Eckhart
...Where and when God finds you ready, he must act and overflow into you, just as when the air is clear and pure, the sun must overflow into it and cannot refrain from doing that. — Meister Eckhart
The seed of God is in us: Pear seeds grow into pear trees; Hazel seeds into hazel trees; And God seeds into God. — Meister Eckhart
The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God. — Meister Eckhart
It is a fair trade and an equal exchange: to the extent that you depart from things, thus far, no more and no less, God enters into you with all that is his, as far as you have stripped yourself of yourself in all things. It is here that you should begin, whatever the cost, for it is here that you will find true peace, and nowhere else. — Meister Eckhart
If I say that God is good, that is not true. God is not good. I am good, and if I say that God is wise, that is not true. I am wiser than he is. — Meister Eckhart
God holds each of us by a string. When we sin, we cut the string. But God ties it up again, making a knot. Each time our wrongdoing cuts the string, God ties another knot drawing us up closer to Him. — Meister Eckhart
Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door. — Meister Eckhart
To be sure, our mental processes often go wrong, so that we imagine God to have gone away. What should be done then? Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. Learn to behave thus even in deepest distress and keep yourself that way in any and every estate of life. I can give you no better advice than to find God where you lost him. — Meister Eckhart
Behold how all those people are merchants who shun great sins and would like to be good and do good deeds in God's honour, such as fasts, vigils, prayers, and similar good deeds of all kinds. They do all these things so that our Lord may give them something, or so that God may do something dear to them. All these people are merchants. — Meister Eckhart
The now wherein God made the world is as near this time as the now I am speaking in this moment, and the last day is as near this now as was yesterday. — Meister Eckhart
By humility, out of an enemy He has made a friend, which is more than to have created a new earth. — Meister Eckhart
Whatever thou sayest of God is untrue. — Meister Eckhart
If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself. — Meister Eckhart
Therefore, look only for this fishhook, and you will be happily caught. The more you are caught, the more you will be liberated. — Meister Eckhart
When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order — Meister Eckhart
In this breaking-through, I receive that God and I are one. Then I am what I was, and then I neither diminish nor increase, for I am then an immovable cause that moves all things. — Meister Eckhart
There is no greater valor nor no sterner fight. He who would be what he ought to be must stop being what he is. — Meister Eckhart
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. — Meister Eckhart
Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion. — Meister Eckhart
The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. — Meister Eckhart
The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. — Meister Eckhart
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God. — Meister Eckhart
God does not work in all hearts alike, but according to the preparation and sensitivity He finds in each. — Meister Eckhart
Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly all nature seeks God and works toward [God]. — Meister Eckhart
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart. — Meister Eckhart
That's all an angel is....an idea of God. — Meister Eckhart
He is conscious only of God...To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self. — Meister Eckhart
If I had a friend and loved him because of the benefits which this brought me and because of getting my own way, then it would not be my friend that I loved but myself. I should love my friend on account of his own goodness and virtues and account of all that he is in himself. Only if I love my friend in this way do I love him properly. — Meister Eckhart
When I think of God's Kingdom, I am compelled to be silent because of its immensity, because God's Kingdom is none other than God himself with all His riches. — Meister Eckhart
Though it may be called a nescience, and unknowing, yet there is in it more than all knowing and understanding without it; for this unknowing lures and attracts you from all understood things, and from yourself as well. — Meister Eckhart
The seed of God is in us. If the seed had a good, wise and industrious cultivator, it would thrive all the more and grow up to God whose seed it is, and the fruit would be equal to the nature of God. Now the seed of a pear tree grows into a pear tree, a hazel seed into a hazel tree, and the seed of God into God. — Meister Eckhart
Only he to whom God is present in everything and who employs his reason in the highest degree and has enjoyment in it knows anything of true peace and has a real kingdom of heaven. — Meister Eckhart
Everything is full and pure at its source and precisely there, not outside. — Meister Eckhart
Nothing will be able to hinder us, if we desire and seek God alone, and take pleasure in nothing else. — Meister Eckhart
I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. — Meister Eckhart
There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them to closely to disown themselves. — Meister Eckhart
The human spirit must transcend number and break through multiplicity, and God will break through him; and just as He — Meister Eckhart
If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell. An likewise, if you would know the reality of Nature, you must destroy the appearance, and the farther you go beyond the appearance, the nearer you will be to the essence. — Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. — Meister Eckhart
Jesus might have said, I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me. — Meister Eckhart
This much is certain: when a man is happy, happy to the core and root of beatitude, he is no longer conscious of himself or anything else. — Meister Eckhart
Treat all things as if they were loaned to you without any ownership - whether body or soul, sense or strength, external goods or honors, house or hall . . . everything. — Meister Eckhart
Outward as well as inward morality helps to form the idea of a true Christian freedom. We are right to lay stress on inwardness, but in this world there is no inwardness without an outward expression. — Meister Eckhart
Knowledge comes through likeness. And so because the soul may know everything, it is never at rest until it comes to the original idea, in which all things are one. And there it comes to rest in God. — Meister Eckhart
What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born. — Meister Eckhart
The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge. — Meister Eckhart
When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure. — Meister Eckhart
People should think less about what they ought to do and more about what they ought to be. If only their being were good, their works would shine forth brightly. Do not imagine that you can ground your salvation upon actions; it must rest on what you are. — Meister Eckhart
The Father and the Son have one Will, and that Will is the Holy Ghost, Who gives Himself to the soul so that the Divine Nature permeates the powers of the soul so that it can only do God-like works. — Meister Eckhart
I am what I wanted and I want what I am. — Meister Eckhart
People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what they are. If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant... it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works. — Meister Eckhart
This is not only a commandment but also a promise or reward. — Meister Eckhart
When someone goes out of himself to find God or fetch God, he is wrong. — Meister Eckhart
I have a capacity in my soul for taking in God entirely. I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. — Meister Eckhart
The authorities teach that next to the first emanation, which is the Son coming out of the Father, the angels are most like God. And it may well be true, for the soul at its highest is formed like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. For this reason the angel was sent to the soul, so that the soul might be re-formed by it, to be the divine idea by which it was first conceived. — Meister Eckhart
There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven. — Meister Eckhart
I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will! — Meister Eckhart
Life Lessons by Meister Eckhart
- Meister Eckhart taught that the only way to truly find happiness is to look within oneself and discover one's true nature. He believed that true joy comes from understanding and accepting our innermost selves.
- He also believed that the only way to achieve true knowledge is through self-reflection and contemplation. He encouraged people to question their beliefs and to seek out their own answers.
- Meister Eckhart also believed that life is a journey of spiritual growth and that we should strive to live with an open heart and mind. He encouraged us to be mindful of our thoughts and actions, and to strive to be the best versions of ourselves.
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