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The outward man is the swinging door;
by Meister Eckhart

The outward man is the swinging door;
the inner man is the still hinge.
- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart PHOTO

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart PHOTO

All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
- Meister Eckhart

 

Every creature is a word of God.
- Meister Eckhart

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
- Meister Eckhart

What a man takes in by contemplation,
that he pours out in love.
- Meister Eckhart

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To be full of things is to be empty of God.
To be empty of things is to be full of God.
- Meister Eckhart

Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.
- Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you,
it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart

The knower and the known are one.
Simple people imagine that they should see God as if
he stood there and they here.
This is not so.
God and I, we are one in knowledge.
- Meister Eckhart

The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.
- Meister Eckhart

The more we have the less we own.
- Meister Eckhart

God expects but one thing of you, and that is that
you should come out of yourself in so far as you are
a created being made and let God be God in you.
- Meister Eckhart

What we plant in the soil of contemplation,
we shall reap in the harvest of action.
- Meister Eckhart

Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off;
he is always standing close at hand,
and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.
- Meister Eckhart

If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not
be filled thereby but only with himself.
- Meister Eckhart

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing,
detachment.
- Meister Eckhart

Words derive their power from the original word.
- Meister Eckhart

A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.
- Meister Eckhart

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light,
so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
- Meister Eckhart

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
- Meister Eckhart

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.
- Meister Eckhart

The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.
- Meister Eckhart

One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand
persons who have mastered only the contents of books,
but no one can get anything out of life without God.
- Meister Eckhart

A human being has so many skins inside,
covering the depths of the heart.
We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves!
Why, thirty or forty skins or hides,
as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's,
cover the soul.
Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
- Meister Eckhart

We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which
God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity...
But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this,
that it should take place in me.
- Meister Eckhart

There exists only the present instant...
a Now which always and without end is itself new.
There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow,
but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as
it will be a thousand years hence.
- Meister Eckhart

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,
than on outward circumstances.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking outward together in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Beauty is an outward gift,
which is seldom despised,
except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People live with the illusion that we have a democratic system,
but it's only the outward form of one.
In reality we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich.
- Jose Saramago

They've discovered that, where all the other galaxies
are moving in one direction,
ours is going in another.
Now, the Big Bang theory says that we're all moving outward.
- Dwight Schultz

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple
determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
- J. Donald Walters

We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
- Aesop

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village,
a great theater is the outward and visible sign of
an inward and probable culture.
- Laurence Olivier

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort
will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
- John Bunyan

There is no progress whatever.
Everything is just the same as it was thousands,
and tens of thousands, of years ago.
The outward form changes.
The essence does not change.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist,
and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
- Edward Hopper

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

We too, through lack of knowledge and of sufficiently mature reflection,
mistook the visible outward appearance of the phenomenon
for the phenomenon itself.
- Leon Jouhaux

A civilization that only looks inward will stagnate.
We have to keep looking outward; we have to keep finding
new avenues for human endeavor and human expression.
- John L. Phillips

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
- Jean de La Fontaine

Human improvement is from within outward.
- James Anthony Froude

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune,
but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
- Thomas Carlyle

The evidence points to central Asia as man's original home,
for the general movement of human migrations has been
outward from that region and not inward.
- Ellsworth Huntington

Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression
of the inward harmony of the soul.
- William Hazlitt

Happiness is inward, and not outward;
and so,
it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
- Henry Van Dyke

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed,
or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind,
can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
- Thomas Carlyle

A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he
draws outward things to himself.
- Thomas Kempis

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty,
and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
- George Berkeley

Tear man out of his outward circumstances;
and what he then is; that only is he.
- Johann G. Seume

Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small
doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
- Ambrose Bierce

Courage to continue comes from deeper sources than outward results.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions,
both good and bad, become transparent,
no longer limited by outward appearences.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It is a miracle of harmony, of the adaptation of the
free inner life to the outward necessity of things.
- John C. Ransom

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing
at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Outward failure may be a manifested variant of inward success.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate
outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
- Margaret Fuller

The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life,
of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result.
- Francis Schaeffer

Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.
- Stephen Samuel Wise

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of
the inward harmony of the soul.
- William Hazlitt

For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form,
but the swarming nations are now in full career.
- John Lothrop Motley

Here before us was sufficient evidence to show that
it really was an entrance to a tomb,
and by the seals, to all outward appearances that it was intact.
- Howard Carter

Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.
- Theodore Parker

It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines
the outward and the actual.
- Oswald Chambers


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