Eloquent quotable quotes and inspirational quotations from secular writers variously deal with "profound truths" which are definitely seen as being somehow spiritual as well as with "aspects of truth" that are not readily characterized as being primarily spiritual.
The pure and simple Truth is rarely pure, and never simple.
Several inspirational quotations about - Divine Edification
Nor less I deem that there are Powers
Which of themselves our minds impress;
That we can feed this mind of ours
In a wise passiveness
Those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward things,
Fallings from us, vanishings;
Blank misgivings of a Creature
Moving about in worlds not realised,
High instincts before which our mortal Nature
Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised
One in whom persuasion and belief
Had ripened into faith, and faith become
A passionate intuition.
Truths that wake
To perish never
Several quotable quotes about - Relationships
Without the smile from partial beauty won,
O what were man? - a world without a sun.
She is pretty to walk with,
And witty to talk with,
And pleasant, too, to think on.
Sir John Suckling
Why man, she is mine own
And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love,
The matron's glance that would those looks reprove.
By my modesty, - the jewel in my dower - I would not wish any companion in the world but you.
Domestic happiness, thou only bliss
Of paradise that has surviv'd the fall!
You are my true and honourable wife;
As dear to me as the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations stone
As proofs of Holy Writ
O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves!
For a light wife doth make a heavy husband.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind
Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high
Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall,
He shall not bind his soul with clay.
No …. holy father, throw away that thought.
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
Can pierce a complete bosom.
Thrice blessed they that master so their blood,
To undergo such maiden pilgrimage:
But earthlier happy is the rose distilled,
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
A quotable quote about - Virtue v Respectability
Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us 't were all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd
But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor -
Both thanks and use.
Several inspirational quotations about -
A Contented Life
The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers.
Live while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day;
Live while you live the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views let both united be;
I live to pleasure when I live to thee.
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit in the centre and enjoy bright day;
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the midday sun.
Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell;
't is virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell.
For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
The soul's calm sunshine and heartfelt joy.
Great poetry also shows insight about - The Ancient Way
I am as free as nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began
When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
Happy he who far from business persuits
Tills and re-tills his ancestral lands
With oxen of his own breeding
Having no slavish yoke about his neck.
God made the country, and man made the town.
There are several cases where "other" poetry insights relate directly to some of the more problematic areas of human existence.
We should welcome this!!!
World Wide Humanity desperately needs such insights as they may provide clues to a compassionate and considered alleviation of many difficulties.
Several poetry insights about - Human Existence
There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee.
If society fits you comfortably enough you call it liberty.
Before God, there is neither Greek nor barbarian, neither rich nor poor, and the slave is as good as his master, for by birth all men are free; they are citizens of the universal commonwealth which embraces all the world, brethren of one family, and children of God.
Permit me... to tell You what the freedom is that I love and that to which I think that all men intitled. It is not solitary, unconnected, individual, selfish liberty. As if every man was to regulate the whole of his conduct by his own will. The Liberty I mean is social freedom. It is that state of things in which Liberty is secured by the equality of Restraint; A constitution of things in which the liberty of no one Man and no body of Men and no Number of men can find Means to trespass on the liberty of any Person or any description of Persons in the Society. This kind of Liberty is indeed but another name for Justice, ascertained by wise Laws. And secured by well constructed institutions.
The co-existence of several nations under the same State is a test, as well as the best security, of its freedom. It is also one of the chief instruments of civilisation; and, as such, it is in the natural and providential order, and indicates a state of greater advancement than the national unity which is the ideal of modern Liberalism. The greatest adversary of the rights of nationality is the modern (i.e. July 1862) theory of nationality. By making the State and the nation commensurate with each other in theory, it reduces practically to a subject condition all other nationalities that may be within the boundary. It cannot admit them to an equality with the ruling nation which constitutes the State because the State would then cease to be national, which would be a contradiction of the principle of its existence. According, therefore, to the degree of humanity and civilisation in that dominant body which claims all the rights of the community, the inferior races are eliminated, or reduced to servitude, or outlawed, or put in a condition of dependence.
If we take the establishment of liberty for the realisation of moral duties to be the end of civil society, we must conclude that those States are substantially the most perfect which ... include various distinct nationalities without oppressing them.
Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Reason and Knowledge have always played a secondary, subordinate, auxiliary role in the life of peoples, and this will always be the case. A people is shaped and driven forward by an entirely different kind of force, one which commands and coerces them and the origin of which is obscure and inexplicable despite the reality of its presence.
One cannot avoid a certain feeling of disgust, when one observes the actions of man displayed on the great stage of the world. Wisdom is manifested by individuals here and there; but the web of human history as a whole appears to be woven from folly and childish vanity, often, too, from puerile wickedness and love of destruction: with the result that at the end one is puzzled to know what idea to form of our species which prides itself so much on its advantages.
Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.
Immanuel Kant (as transliterated by Isaiah Berlin)