quote by Mechthild of Magdeburg

Prayer is naught else but a yearning of soul ... it draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up to the plenitude of God; it brings together these two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.

— Mechthild of Magdeburg

Colossal Naught quotations

God has created me to do Him some definite service;

He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another, I have my mission ... He has not created me for naught ... If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.

Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them.

A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing;

Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!

Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents' beds, unerringly I rush! Naught's an obstacle, naught's an angle to the iron way!

Speak not, move not, but listen, the sky is full of gold.

No ripple on the river, no stir in field or fold, All gleams but naught doth glisten, but the far-off unseen sea. Forget days past, heart broken, put all memory by! No grief on the green hillside, no pity in the sky, Joy that may not be spoken fills mead and flower and tree.

Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are fluttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack And leave your friends and go. O never fear, lads, naught's to dread, Look not to left nor right: In all the endless road you tread There's nothing but the night.

In the garden of thy heart, plant naught but the rose of love.

As long as the vice of gluttony has a hold on a man, all that he has done valiantly is forfeited by him: and as long as the belly is unrestrained, all virtue comes to naught.

Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest.

Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the Arab armies to conquer our land.

Religion! How it dominates man's mind, how it humiliates and degrades his soul.

God is everything, man is nothing, says religion.But out of that nothing God has created a kingdom so despotic, so tyrannical, so cruel, so terribly exacting that naught but gloom and tears and blood have ruled the world since gods began.

Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow!

Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it's not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field.

Feelings come, and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving.

My warrant is the Word of God, naught else is worth believing.

I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean.

Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.

If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only.

The pain of the flesh is naught to that of the heart

For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give.

Nor shall the seeker reach his goal unless he sacrifice all things.

That is, whatever he has seen, and heard, and understood (before), all must he set at naught, that he may enter the Realm of the Spirit, which is the City of God.

More than one philosopher has claimed that we ever remain children, far beneath the indurated layers that make up the armour of adulthood. Armour encumbers, restricts the body and soul within it. But it also protects. Blows are blunted. Feelings lose their edge, leaving us to suffer naught but a plague of bruises, and, after a time, bruises fade.

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.

He that enjoys naught without thanksgiving is as though he robbed God.

The deed is everything, the glory is naught.

Christ willed to suffer and be despised and do you dare complain of the same? Christ had adversaries and backbiters; and do you wish to have all men your friends and benefactors? When shall your patience attain her crown if no adversity befalls you? If you are willing to suffer naught that is against you, how will you be the friend of Christ?

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

I realized that I had died and been reborn numberless times but just didn't remember because the transitions from life to death and back are so ghostly easy, a magical action for naught, like falling asleep and waking up again a million times, the utter casualness and deep ignorance of it.

. . . persist in that invocation until the unity of the world is subsumed for you in a single sphere, so that with the eye of your heart you will see naught in the two worlds save the One.

There's no trust, No faith, no honesty in men;

all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.

Give naught, get same. Give much, get same.

A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.

Prejudice is the sole author of infamies: how many acts are so qualified by an opinion forged out of naught but prejudice!

If you get simple beauty and naught else, you get about the best thing God invents.

When you kill a beast, say to him in your heart: ~By the same power that slays you, I too am slain, and I too shall be consumed. ~For the law that delivers you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand. ~Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.

Who naught suspects is easily deceived.

A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstitching has been naught.

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