Meister Eckhart

German Roman Catholic theologian and mystic (1260-1327)

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All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice.
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
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.
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
To be right, a person must do one of two things: either he must learn to have God in his work and hold fast to him there, or he must give up his work altogether. Since, however, we cannot live without activities that are both human and various, we must learn to keep God I everything we do, and whatever the job or place, keep on with him, letting nothing stand in our way.
To be sure, this requires effort and love, a careful cultivation of the spiritual life, and a watchful, honest, active oversight of all one's mental attitudes towards things and people. It is not to be learned by world-flight, running away from things, turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, one must learn an inner solitude, where or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind.

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