Mysticism

Florence Nightingale Page

“You must go to Mahometanism, to Buddhism, to the East, to the Sufis & Fakirs, to Pantheism, for the right growth of mysticism.”

- Florence Nightingale

Fritjof Capra Page

“Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches; scientists understand its branches but not its roots. Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.”

- Fritjof Capra

Source/Notes: Epilogue, p. 306 - The Tao of Physics (1975)
Wilhelm Reich Page

“Unless we proceed cautiously, there might well arise a few generations of mystics who conceive of the orgone metaphysically, divorced from non-living nature and who do not comprehend it from the standpoint of natural science. And it seems to me that we have more than enough mysticism as it is.”

- Wilhelm Reich

Bertrand Russell Page

“Mysticism is, in essence, little more than a certain intensity and depth of feeling in regard to what is believed about the universe.”

- Bertrand Russell

Source/Notes: Ch. 1: Mysticism and Logic. - Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)
Henry David Thoreau Page

“Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Source/Notes: A Week on the Concord and Marrimack Rivers (1849)

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Salvador Dali Page

“Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.”

- Salvador Dali

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Knight Letter - Issues 9-25" (Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1978), p. 20
Dave Davies Page

“What I believe in touches many aspects of religious and spiritual thought. Mainly I'm influenced and inspired by the eastern yogi's aspect of mysticism, Which is, I think, the future.”

- Dave Davies

Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mary Garden Page

“I was a new devotee of Eastern mysticism and even though I did not join that particular group, I could well have done. They seemed a bit extreme but I regarded myself as not quite ready.”

- Mary Garden

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Malcolm Muggeridge Page

“Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.”

- Malcolm Muggeridge

Source/Notes: Muggeridge through the microphone: B.B.C. radio and television (1967 edition), Not Avail
Otto Rank Page

“The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization.”

- Otto Rank

Alfred Rosenberg Page

“Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.”

- Alfred Rosenberg

Source/Notes: Der Mythus des 20. Jahrhunderts (The Myth of the Twentieth Century) - Page 5 - 1930
Carl Van Vechten Page

“As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.”

- Carl Van Vechten

Irvine Welsh Page

“There is a kind of mysticism to writing.”

- Irvine Welsh

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Max Beckmann Page

“The editor of this catalog asked me to make a statement about my work. I don’t have much to write: - Be a child of your age. - Be naturalistic against your own ego. - Be matter-of- fact toward your inner visions. - My love is dedicated to the four great masters of masculine mysticism: Mäleskirchener (church-painters / muralists, fh), Grünewald, Breughel and Van Gogh.”

- Max Beckmann

Aleister Crowley Page

“There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God.”

- Aleister Crowley

Source/Notes: Ch. 1 : The Principles of Ritual - Magick Book IV : Liber ABA