Singleness Quotes (displaying: 1 - 15 of 15 quotes )
I want first of all... to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact--to borrow from the language of the saints--to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus when he said, "May the outward and inward man be one." I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.
...I want first of all - in fact, as an end to these other desires - to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central cor to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact - to borrow from the language of the saints -to live 'in grace' as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony...
The one great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way to reach the great divine end in view; it's great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it oftentimes degenerates into hideous fanaticism. The fanatical crew in Hinduism, Mohammedanism, or Christianity, have always been almost exclusively recruited from these worshippers [sic] on the lower planes of Bhakti. That singleness of attachment (Nishth) to a loved object, without which no genuine love can grow, is very often also the cause of the denunciation of everything else. All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i. e., by hating every other ideal. Herein is the explanation of why the same man who is so lovingly attached to his own ideal of God, so devoted to his own ideal of religion, becomes a howling fanatic as soon as he sees or hears anything of any other ideal.
Let us labor for an inward stillness--An inward stillness and an inward healing. That perfect silence where the lips and heart. Are still, and we no longer entertain. Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions, But God alone speaks to us and we wait. In singleness of heart that we may know. His will, and in the silence of our spirits, That we may do His will and do that only
That Lady Russell of steady age and character, and extrememly well provided for, should have no thought of a second marriage needs no apology to the public, which is rather apt to be unreasonalbly discontented when a woman 'does' marry again, than when she does not, but Sir William's continuing in singleness requires explanation.
Your favourite virtue ... Simplicity. Your favourite virtue in man ... Strength. Your favourite virtue in woman ... Weakness. Your chief characteristic ... Singleness of purpose. Your idea of happiness ... To fight. Your idea of misery ... Submission. The vice you excuse most ... Gullibility. The vice you detest most ... Servility. Your aversion ... Martin Tupper. Favourite occupation ... Book-worming. Favourite poet ... Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Goethe. Favourite prose-writer ... Diderot. Favourite hero ... Spartacus, Kepler. Favourite heroine ... Gretchen [Heroine of Goethe's Faust]Favourite flower ... Daphne. Favourite colour ... Red. Favourite name ... Laura, Jenny. Favourite dish ... Fish. Favourite maxim ... Nihil humani a me alienum puto [Nothing human is alien to me]Favourite motto ... De omnibus dubitandum [Everything must be doubted].
There is, in fact, no way back either to the wolf or to the child. From the very start there is no innocence and no singleness. Every created thing, even the simplest, is already guilty, already multiple. It has been thrown into the muddy stream of being and may never more swim back again to its source. The way to innocence, to the uncreated and to God leads on, not back to the wolf or to the child, but ever further into sin, ever deeper into human life. Nor will suicide really solve your problem [...] You will, instead, embark on the longer and wearier and harder road of life. You will have to multiply many times your two-fold being and complicate your complexities still further. Instead of narrowing your world and simplifying your soul, you will have to absorb more and more of the world and at last take all of it up in your painfully expanded soul, if you are ever to find peace. This is the road that Buddha and every great man has gone, whether consciously or not, insofar as fortune has favored his quest.