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Josiah Royce Quotes and Sayings

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God is One, all our lives have various and unique places
in the harmony of the divine life.
- Josiah Royce

For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human
terms wherein my individuality consists.
In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell.
- Josiah Royce

As for you, my beloved friend, I loyally believe in your uniqueness;
but whenever I try to tell to you wherein it consists,
I helplessly describe only a type.
- Josiah Royce

No consensus of men can make an error erroneous.
We can only find or commit an error,
not create it.
When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
- Josiah Royce

 

If I look to see what I ever did that,
for all I now know, some other man might not have done,
I am utterly unable to discover the certainly unique deed.
- Josiah Royce

So far as we live and strive at all,
our lives are various,
are needed for the whole, and are unique.
- Josiah Royce

I never felt a feeling that I knew or could know to
be unlike the feelings of other people.
I never consciously thought, except after patterns
that the world or my fellows set for me.
- Josiah Royce

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Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse,
a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.
- Josiah Royce

So, as one sees, I by no means deprive my world of stubborn reality,
if I merely call it a world of ideas.
- Josiah Royce

Ideas any one can mould as he wishes.
- Josiah Royce

Interfere with the reality of my world,
and you therefore take the very life and heart out of my will.
- Josiah Royce

God too longs; and because the Absolute Life itself,
which dwells in our life, and inspires these very longings,
possesses the true world, and is that world.
- Josiah Royce

I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens,
and the stars are all real, but not so damned real,
you see.
- Josiah Royce

And just because God attains and wins and finds this uniqueness,
all our lives win in our union with him the individuality
which is essential to their true meaning.
- Josiah Royce

Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm,
and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image,
so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
- Josiah Royce

The world, as transformed by this creative deed,
is better than it would have been had all else remained the same,
but had that deed of treason not been done at all.
- Josiah Royce

For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual,
but is individual as expressing a meaning.
- Josiah Royce

That this individual life of all of us is not something
limited in its temporal expression to the life that now we experience,
follows from the very fact that here nothing final
or individual is found expressed.
- Josiah Royce

This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that,
as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent,
and, after a fashion familiar.
I must state it in my own way, although one in vain
seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
- Josiah Royce

We seek true individuality and the true individuals.
But we find them not.
For lo, we mortals see what our poor eyes can see;
and they,
the true individuals, - they belong not to this world
of our merely human sense and thought.
- Josiah Royce

No baseness or cruelty of treason so deep or so tragic
shall enter our human world,
but that loyal love shall be able in due time to oppose
to just that deed of treason its fitting deed of atonement.
- Josiah Royce

The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives
us our notion of the absolute Self.
To it the first is only preparatory.
This second aspect is the one which from Kant,
until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.
- Josiah Royce

Our will makes constantly a sort of agreement with the world,
whereby, if the world will continually show some respect to the will,
the will shall consent to be strenuous in its industry.
- Josiah Royce

The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the
waves that roll between him and his home,
talks of cruel facts, material barriers that,
just because they are material, and not ideal,
shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart.
- Josiah Royce

But you are alone.
Yet I never tell what you are.
And if your face lights up my world as no other can -
well,
this feeling too, when viewed as the mere psychologist has to view it,
appears to be simply what all the other friends report about their friends.
- Josiah Royce

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer) PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

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

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Know thyself, and thou shalt know the Universe and God.
- Pythagoras

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

What you are is God's gift to you:
what you become is your gift to god.
- Anthony Dalla Villa

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

A coincidence is a small miracle in which
God chooses to remain anonymous.
- Anonymous

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Prayer doesn't change God, but changes him who prays
- Soren Kierkegaard

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If I am capable of grasping God objectively,
I do not believe, but precisely because
I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Where love is, there God is also.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

We are most like God when we forgive.
- Anonymous

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

When God closes a door, he opens a window.
- Anonymous

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway.
You've got to get down to your
own God in your own temple.
It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

Shine your Light of God wherever you see darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

Stop asking God to bless what you're doing.
Get involved in what God is doing -
because it's already blessed.
- Bono

You are the Face of God
- Karen Drucker

Each one prays to God according to his own light.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

The cathedral of my God of no church
is the entirety of the universe.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your own body is a manifestation of God,
and if you honor your body everything will change for you
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
- Paulo Coelho


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