A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.
But the perception of life as an organic unity is a slow achievement, and depends for its growth on a people's entry into the main current of world-events.
God is not a dead equation!
The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment.
Since love first made the breast an instrument Of fierce lamenting, by its flame my heart Was molten to a mirror, like a rose I pluck my breast apart, that I may hang This mirror in your sight.
But the universe, as a collection of finite things, presents itself as a kind of island situated in a pure vacuity to which time, regarded as a series of mutually exclusive moments, is nothing and does nothing.
The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time.
Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.
The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real.
Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.
Inductive reason, which alone makes man master of his environment, is an achievement; and when once born it must be reinforced by inhibiting the growth of other modes of knowledge.
Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?
Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so.
Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.
The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.
Destiny is the prison and chain of the ignorant. Understand that destiny like the water of the Nile: Water before the faithful, blood before the unbeliever.
The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.