Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Madame Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mothe Guyon

French Mystic and Quietist Author

"Which is the harder lot for a soul that has known and loved God, not to know whether it loves God, or whether God loves it?"

"Which of the two would the perfect soul choose, if the choice were presented, to love God, or to be loved by Him?"

"While our abandonment blesses or spares us, we shall find many to advise it; but let it bring us into trouble, and the most spiritually-minded will exclaim against it."

"Who can comprehend the extent of that supreme homage which is due to the will of God?"

"Why should we complain that we have been stripped of the divine virtues, if we had not hidden them away as our own? Why should we complain of a loss, if we had no property in the thing lost? or why does deprivation give us so much pain, except because of the appropriation we had made of that which was taken away?"

"Would you exert all your powers to attain Divine Union? Use all your strength for the destruction of self."