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contemplation Quotes

10 of the best book quotes about contemplation
  1. #1
    “When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason ,I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought
    of his name:
    his ineffable effable
    Effanineffable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”
  2. #2
    “I am going to look at the stars. They are so far away, and their light takes so long to reach us, all we ever see of stars are their old photographs.”
  3. #3
    “They who have received some portion of God’s gift, these, if judged by their deeds, have from death’s bond won their release; for they embrace in their own mind, all things, things on the earth, things in the heaven, and things above the heaven - if there be aught. They who do not understand, because they possess the aid of reason only and not mind, are ignorant wherefore they have come into being and whereby, like irrational creatures, their makeup is in their feelings and their impulses, they fail in all appreciation of things which really are worth contemplation. These center all their thought upon the pleasures of the body and its appetites.”
  4. #4
    “Close your eyes and stare into the dark.”
  5. #5
    “What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua-that’s the only name I can think of for it-like the traveling tent-show Chautauquas that used to move across America, this America, the one that we are now in, an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. The Chautauquas were pushed aside by faster-paced radio, movies and TV, and it seems to me the change was not entirely an improvement. Perhaps because of these changes the stream of national consciousness moves faster now, and is broader, but it seems to run less deep.”
  6. #6
    “All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”
  7. #7
    “Do you hear?” Vasudeva’s mute gaze asked. Siddhartha nodded.
    “Listen better!” Vasudeva whispered.
  8. #8
    “So take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it.”
  9. #9
    “Hope is the gateway to contemplation, because contemplation is an experience of divine things and we cannot experience what we do not in some way possess.”
  10. #10
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye. . . . The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. —J. Bronowski”