Great Throughts Treasury

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Visvanatha Chakravarti, fully Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura

The experience of beauty is pure, self-manifested, compounded equally of joy and consciousness, free from admixture of any other perception, the very twin brother of mystical experience, and the very life of it is supersensous wonder... It is enjoyed by those who are competent thereto, in identity, just as the form of God is itself the joy with which it is recognized.

Beauty | Character | Consciousness | Experience | God | Joy | Life | Life | Mystical | Perception | Self | Wonder | Beauty | God |

Joseph Wardlaw

Morality is religion in practice; religion is morality in principle.

Character | Morality | Practice | Religion |

Eugene P. Bertin, fully Eugene Peter Bertin

Learning is the heart of life - the mystical power that turns a word into a sign, a look into a smile, a house into a home, and a people into a civilization.

Civilization | Heart | Learning | Life | Life | Mystical | People | Power | Smile | Wisdom |

J.M. Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

One's religion is whatever he is most interested in.

Religion | Wisdom |

Clive Bell, fully Arthur Clive Heward Bell

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means similar states of mind.

Aesthetic | Art | Ecstasy | Family | Means | Men | Mind | Religion | Wisdom | Art | Circumstance |

Leo Baeck

All religion is an attempt to express... what is essentially inexpressible. Every new religion has to create its own language.

Language | Religion | Wisdom |

Albert Barnes

It is not the profession of religion which creates the obligation for the performance of duty; for that existed before any such profession was made. The profession of religion only recognizes the obligation.

Duty | Obligation | Religion | Wisdom |

Pearl S. Buck, fully Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu

Science and religion, religion and science, put it as I may, they are two sides of the same glass, through which we see darkly until these two, focusing together, reveal the truth.

Religion | Science | Truth | Wisdom |

William J. H. Boetcker, fully William John Henry Boetcker

True religion is not a mere doctrine, something that can be taught, but is a way of life. A life in community with God. It must be experienced to be appreciated. A life of service. A living by giving and finding one's own happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.

Doctrine | Giving | God | Life | Life | Religion | Service | Wisdom | Happiness |

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, fully Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton

Revenge is a common passion; it is the sun of the uninstructed. The savage deems it noble; but the religion of Christ, which is the sublime civilizer, emphatically condemns it. Why? Because religion ever seeks to ennoble man; and nothing so debases him as revenge.

Man | Nothing | Passion | Religion | Revenge | Wisdom |

Phillips Brooks

While men believe in the possibilities of children being religious, they are largely failing to make them so, because they are offering them not a child's but a man's religion - men's forms of truth and men's forms of experience.

Children | Experience | Man | Men | Religion | Truth | Wisdom |

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.

Good | Religion | Wisdom |

John Caird

Religion is not a perpetual moping over good books. Religion is not even prayer, praise, holy ordinances, these are necessary to religion - no man can be religious without them. But religion is mainly and chiefly the glorifying of god amid the duties and trials of the world; the guiding of our course amid adverse winds and currents of temptation by the sunlight of duty and the compass of Divine truth, the bearing up manfully, wisely, courageously, for the honor of Christ, our great Leader in the conflict of life.

Books | Duty | God | Good | Honor | Life | Life | Man | Praise | Prayer | Religion | Temptation | Trials | Truth | Wisdom | World | God | Leader | Temptation |

Richard Cecil

I extend the circle of real religion very widely. Many men fear God, and love God, and have sincere desire to serve him, whose views of religious truth are very imperfect, and in some points utterly false. But may not many such persons have a state of heart acceptable before God?

Desire | Fear | God | Heart | Love | Men | Religion | Truth | Wisdom |

John Caird

Carry religious principles into common life, and common life will lose its transitoriness. The world passes away. The things are seen as temporal. Soon business, with all its cares and anxieties, the whole “unprofitable stir and fever of the world” will be to us a thing of the past. But religion does something better than sigh and moan over the perishableness of earthly things. It finds in them the seeds of immortality.

Better | Business | Immortality | Life | Life | Past | Principles | Religion | Will | Wisdom | World |

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The dreary thing about most new causes is that they are praised in such very old terms. Every new religion bores us with the same stale rhetoric about closer fellowship and the higher life.

Life | Life | Religion | Rhetoric | Wisdom | Old |

François-René de Chateaubriand, fully François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand

There is no religion without mystery. God Himself is the great secret of Nature.

God | Mystery | Nature | Religion | Wisdom | God |