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William Ralph

English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer

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I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

Take away fear, and the battle of Freedom is half won.

The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.

True contemplation considers Reality (or Being) in its manifestations as well as in its origin. If this is remembered, there need be no conflict between social morality and the inner life. Eckhart recognizes that it is a harder and a nobler task to preserve detachment in a crowd than in a cell; the little daily sacrifices of family life are often a greater trial than self-imposed mortifications. "We need not destroy any little good in ourselves for the sake of a better, but we should strive to grasp every truth in its highest meaning, for no one good contradicts another." "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."

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

Mysticism may be defined as the attempt to realize the presence of the living God in the soul and in nature, or, more generally, as the attempt to realize, in thought and feeling, the immanence of the temporal in the eternal, and of the eternal in the temporal.

The average man is rich enough when he has a little more than he has got.

The statistics of suicide show that, for non-combatants at least, life is more interesting in war than in peace.

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

In imperialism nothing fails like success. If the conqueror oppresses his subjects, they will become fanatical patriots, and sooner or later have their revenge; if he treats them well, and governs them for their good, they will multiply faster than their rulers, till they claim their independence.

No healthy civilization can ever be reared on a foundation of devitalized work.

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted.

The strongest wish of a vast number of earnest men and women to-day is for a basis of religious belief which shall rest, not upon tradition or external authority or historical evidence, but upon the ascertainable facts of human experience. The craving for immediacy, which we have seen to be characteristic of all mysticism, now takes the form of a desire to establish the validity of the God-consciousness as a normal part of the healthy inner life.

Two chief pitfalls into which the mystic is liable to fall--dreamy inactivity and Antinomianism.

In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.

No word in our language ? not even "Socialism"? has been employed more loosely than "Mysticism." ? The history of the word begins in close connexion with the Greek mysteries. A mystic is one who has been, or is being, initiated into some esoteric knowledge of Divine things, about which he must keep his mouth shut?

The command ?Be fruitful and multiply? was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two people.

The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

Individuals are occasionally guided by reason, crowds never.

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.

The Divine nature is Rest, he says in one of the German discourses; and in the Latin fragments we find: God rests in Himself, and makes all things rest in Him.

The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.

We must cut our coat according to our cloth, and adapt ourselves to changing circumstances.

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English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer