This moment exhibits infinite space, but there is a space also wherein all moments are infinitely exhibited, and the everlasting duration of infinite space is another region and room of joys.— Thomas Traherne
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And every stone and every star a tongue, And every gale of wind a curious song.
The Heavens were an oracle, and spoke Divinity: the Earth did undertake The office of a priest; and I being dumb (Nothing besides was dumb) all things did come With voices and instructions.
You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it.
Sure Man was born to meditate on things, And to contemplate the eternal springs Of God and Nature, glory, bliss and pleasure: That life and love might be his eternal treasure.
A stranger here Strange things doth meet, strange glories see;
Strange treasures lodged in this fair world appear, Strange all, and new to me. But that they mine should be, who nothing was, That strangest is of all, yet brought to pass.
A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.
The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it.
It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God.
Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.
An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written.
It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders.
Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
We love we know not what, and therefore everything allures us.
He knoweth nothing as he ought to know it, who thinketh he knoweth anything without seeing its place and the manner how it relateth to God, angels, and men, and to all the creatures in earth, heaven and hell, time and eternity.
Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.
We do not ignore maturity. Maturity consists in not losing the past while fully living in the present with a prudent awareness of the possibilities of the future.
You never know yourself till you know more than your body.
The sense itself was I. I felt no dross or matter in my soul, no brims or borders, such as in a bowl we see. My essence was capacity.
The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed.
Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.
Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed.
Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.
An empty book is like an Infant's soul, in which anything may be written.
Natural things are glorious, and to know them is glorious.
Is it not easy to conceive the World in your Mind? To think the Heavens fair? The Sun Glorious? The Earth fruitful? The Air Pleasant? The Sea Profitable? And the Giver bountiful? Yet these are the things which it is difficult to retain. For could we always be sensible of their use and value, we should be always delighted with their wealth and glory.
Souls are God's jewels.
You are as prone to love, as the sun is to shine.
Principles are like a seed in the ground;
they must continually be visited with heavenly influences or else your life will be a barren field.
As nothing is more easy than to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.
It is of the nobility of man's soul that he is insatiable: for he hath a benefactor so prone to give, that he delighteth in us for asking. Do not your inclinations tell you that the WORLD is yours? Do you not covet all? Do you not long to have it; to enjoy it; to overcome it? To what end do men gather riches, but to multiply more? Do they not like Pyrrhus the King of Epire, add house to house and lands to lands, that they may get it all?
Let those parents that desire Holy Children learn to make them possessors of Heaven and Earth betimes; to remove silly objects from before them, to magnify nothing but what is great indeed, and to talk of God to them, and of His works and ways. before they can either speak or go.
To walk abroad is, not with eyes, But thoughts, the fields to see and prize;
Else may the silent feet, Like logs of wood, Move up and down, and see no good, Nor Jor nor glory meet.
Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.
Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?
You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself flowers in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars: and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men and women are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight, as misers do in gold, and kings in scepters, you never enjoy the world.
The Soul is shriveled up and buried in a grave that does not love.
You are as prone to love as the sun is to shine;
it being the most delightful and natural employment of the soul of humans.
By this you may see who are the rude and barbarous Indians: For verily there is no savage nation under the cope of Heaven, that is more absurdly barbarous than the Christian World. They that go naked and drink water and live upon roots are like Adam, or Angels in comparison of us.
To think well is to serve God in the interior court.
How like an angel came I down!
Strange is the vigour in a brave man's soul.
The strength of his spirit and his irresistible power, the greatness of his heart and the height of his condition, his mighty confidence and contempt of danger, his true security and repose in himself, his liberty to dare and do what he pleaseth, his alacrity in the midst of fears, his invincible temper, are advantages which make him master of fortune.
I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.
Why is this soe long detaind in a dark manuscript, that if printed would be a Light to the World, & a Universal Blessing?
To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.
Sleep is cousin-german unto death: Sleep and death differ, no more, than a carcass And a skeleton.
The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown. I thought it had stood from everlasting to everlasting.
Be sensible of your wants, that you maybe sensible of your treasures.
This visible world is wonderfully to be delighted in, and highly to be esteemed, because it is the theatre of God's righteous Kingdom.