Meister Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic

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I am what I wanted and I want what I am.

We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born.

God is greater than God.

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.

Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.

One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.

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.

Whoever possesses God in their being has Him in a divine manner, and He shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see.

One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be.

God is at home. We are in the far country.

Nobody at any time is cut off from God.

All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.

Some people prefer solitude. They say their peace of mind depends on this.
Others say they would be better off in church.
If you do well, you do well wherever you are. If you fail, you fail wherever you are.
Your surroundings don't matter. God is with you everywhere -- in the market place as well as in seclusion or in the church.
If you look for nothing but God, nothing or no one can disturb you.
God is not distracted by a multitude of things.
Nor can we be.

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.

Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love a cow - for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own advantage.

Wisdom consists in doing the next think you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.

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.

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.

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.
Why I pray God to rid me of God is because conditionless being is above God and above distinction.

Why I pray God to rid me of God is because conditionless being is above God and above distinction.

If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature - even a caterpillar - I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.

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German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic