Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Above all trust in the slow work of God.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.


Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.


In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to

Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.


The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.


Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.


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The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.


Today, something is happening to the whole structure of human consciousness.

A fresh kind of life is starting. Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world are seeking each other, so that the world may come into being.


The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others.


There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.


Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mystical of cosmic forces. Love is the primal and universal psychic energy. Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.


You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience.

You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.


The truth is, indeed, that love is the threshold of another universe.


About Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Quotes 224 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.


What paralyzes life is lack of faith and lack of audacity.

The difficulty lies not in solving problems but identifying them.


The only way forward is in the direction of a common passion, for nothing in the universe can ultimately resist the cumulative ardor of the collective soul.


The world, this palpable world, which we were wont to treat with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association for us, is in truth a holy place, and we did not know it. Venite, adoremus.


Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.


Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.


A universal love is not only psychologically possible;

it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love.


Isolation is a blind alley....Nothing on the planet grows except by convergence.


Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.


Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.


The future is in the hands of those who can give tomorrow's generations valid reasons to live and hope.


We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.


Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others.

..The universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece.


God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts.


And this is the best success I can dream for my life: to have spread a new vision of the world.


At a finite distance in the future, a critical state of encounter will occur, an ultimate co-reflective Center. A focused conspiration will allure individual persons to identify with others in profound affinity. Because of thinking altogether, love will grow into Divinity.


Everything that rises must converge.


We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.


The time has come to realise that an interpretation of the universe—even a positivist one—remains unsatisfying unless it covers the interior as well as the exterior of things; mind as well as matter. The true physics is that which will, one day, achieve the inclusion of man in his wholeness in a coherent picture of the world.


Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.


By means of all created things, without excaption, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, when in fact we live steeped in its burning layers


Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being.


Faith has need of the whole truth.


The human person is the sum total of a 15 billion year chain of unbroken evolution now thinking about itself


We have reached a crossroads in human evolution where the only road which leads forward is towards a common passion. . . To continue to place our hopes in a social order achieved by external violence would simply amount to our giving up all hope of carrying the Spirit of the Earth to its limits.


When humans truly discover the power of love, it will prove more important than the harnessing of fire.


The zest for life, which is the source of all passion and all insight, even divine, does not come to us from ourselves.... It is God who has to give us the impulse of wanting him.


As a result of changes which, over the last century, have modified our empirically based pictures of the world and hence the moral value of many of its elements, the "human religious ideal" inclines to stress certain tendencies and to express itself in terms which seem, at first sight, no longer to coincide with the "christian religious ideal".


You must overcome death by finding God in it.


It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.


If there were no internal propensity to unite, even at a prodigiously rudimentary level - indeed in the molecule itself - it would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up, with us, in hominized form... Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come into being.


It doesn't matter if the water is cold or warm if you're going to have to wade through it anyway.


God is inexhaustibly attainable in the totality of our action.


We may, perhaps, imagine that the creation was finished long ago.

But that would be quite wrong. It continues still more magnificently, and at the highest levels of the world.


Let us keep the discoveries and indisputable measurements of physics.

But ... A more complete study of the movements of the world will oblige us, little by little, to turn it upside down; in other words, to discover that if things hold and hold together, it is only by reason of complexity, from above.


Psychogenesis has led to man. Now it effaces itself, relieved or absorbed by another and a higher function-the engendering and subsequent development of the mind, in one word noogenesis. When for the first time in a living creature instinct perceived itself in its own mirror, the whole world took a pace forward.


We only have to look around us to see how complexity and psychic 'temperature' are still rising: and rising no longer on the scale of the individual but now on that of the planet. This indication is so familiar to us that we cannot but recognize the objective, experiential, reality of a transformation of the planet 'as a whole.'