God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
The just man loves God for nothing, neither for this nor for that, and if God gave him wisdom or anything else he had to give, except himself, the just man would not look at it, nor would it be to his taste; for he wants nothing, seeks nothing, and has no reason for doing anything.
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.
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.
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.
Every creature is a word of God.
What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.
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.
Jesus might have said, "I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me.".
The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.
The more we have the less we own.
Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.
When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
Words derive their power from the original word.
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
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.
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank youthat would suffice.