Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Philip Novak

American Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University, Author and Editor of "The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions" (1995)

"Authentic humanity evolves to the extent that blind egotism erodes. To expand the heart and mind in ever-wider circles of empathy so that, starting with oneself, those circles embrace one’s family, one’s community, one’s nation, and finally humanity - this is the Confucian aim."

"Judaism can be viewed as the evolution of a people in the grip of two toweringly great ideas. The first is the idea of One God - imageless, primordially creative, and utterly transcendent - who, nevertheless, cares for the creation. The second is the idea of human dignity: men and women become fully human only by responding to the moral intuitions divinely etched in their hearts."

"[On Judaism] Life’s purpose is to be found in the healing of the world so that the world may then reflect, for the good of all, the radiance of its creative source."

"Life’s purpose is to be found in the healing of the world so that the world may then reflect, for the good of all, the radiance of its creative source."

"The message of the Bhagavad Gita is that each human life has but one ultimate end and purpose: to realize the Eternal Self within and thus to know, finally and fully, the joy of union with God, the Divine Ground of Being (Brahman). Whereas such knowledge was traditionally sought in retreat from the world, the Gita, without omitting that option, teaches that it may be attained in the midst of the world through nonattached action in the context of devotion (bhakti) to God."