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Upanishads, Dhammapada

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These pages are largely inspired by
The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley

  As with The Perennial Philosophy a very large number of impactful quotations from mysticism in world religions and from secular poetry appear on our pages.

  Further down this page you can find brief details of several quotations sources including biographical details and historical backgrounds of some of their authors. To access the quotations themselves please use this menu of links.  

Quoted Sources

Thomas a Kempis & the
Of the Imitation of Christ
Rumi poetry
Masnavi poem quotes
Jalaluddin Rumi
Chuang Tzu
and Taoism
Lao Tzu and the
Tao Te Ching

  So far as I am aware, with one certain exception, all of the sources quoted are no longer under Copyright protection. The certain exception that is known to me is the Chuang Tzu, this work is still under a restricted, (rather than a full), form of Copyright, quotes from this source, and also from the Lotus Gospel (as I am unsure of the status here) have been kept to a bare minimum.

  We hope that readers will be interested enough in these sources to access the originals. Said originals and some better, (still under Copyright restriction or just more readily available), alternatives are listed below.


Christianity and Judaism 

     The Holy Bible

  Numerous Christian and Judaic quotes featured come from the New Testament and the Old Testament of the Holy Bible as presented in the King James Bible. This translation is generally deemed to be scholarly and is also prized for the literary quality of it's content.


     Of the Imitation of Christ

  Whilst only a few quotes from Thomas a Kempis celebrated work are presented on these Web pages a host of awesomely impactful passages in the Of the Imitation of Christ do focus on the very same Aspects of Spirituality and Being that have been identified by - the Sage - the True Mystics and the supreme Poets.


   A number of quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi's Masnavi I Ma'navi appear on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages.

     Rumi and the Masnavi

   Fuller information about Jalaluddin Rumi and the Masnavi can be reached by following this link - Rumi poetry

Vedanta or Hinduism

     The Bhagavad Gita

   A number of quotes from the Bhagavad Gita appear on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages.

The Upanishads

  The quotations you can read on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages come from a rather dated translation - by F. Max Muller - a translation by Juan Mascaro is usually available from Penguin Classics.




The Dhammapada

  As with the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads the quotes from the Dhammapada you can read on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages come from a dated translation - by F. Max Muller - a translation by Mascaro is usually available from Penguin Classics. The Dhammapada tends to be more central to Theravada Buddhism than Mahayana Buddhism

The Lotus Gospel

  A most important Text in the Mahayana Buddhism of extensive and populous regions of East Asia.

  This may be available as The Lotus of the Wonderful Law - a translation by W.E. Soothill and published by Curzon Press of Richmond, Surrey, England.


Chuang Tzu

   A number of quotations from the Chuang Tzu appear on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages accessible via the Site Map page.
   Fuller information about Chuang Tzu, Lao Tzu and Taoism, and yet more quotes, can be reached by following this link - Chuang Tzu



Sources for the Study of Sikhism

   A number of quotations from Sikh Mysticism and Spirituality appear on our "Mysticism Quotations" pages accessible via the Site Map page.
   These quotations were mainly gleaned from an U.N.E.S.C.O. sponsored study entitled "The Sacred Writings of the Sikhs"


The Perennial Philosophy

  The Perennial Philosophy, by Aldous Huxley is a book similar in content to the "age-of-the-sage" Web site.

  It considers a few areas of agreement ( Charity, Purity of Heart, Humility, Divine Edification ) between the major World Faiths and includes many quotations from Buddhism and Hinduism, Taoism and Islam, etc. including some from Chuang Tzu and Rumi.
   The Perennial Philosophy treats mainly with eastern rather than western sources as Aldous Huxley hoped to present readers with quotations that were unfamiliar.


The Republic of Plato

  The quotes from The Republic of Plato come from the translation attributable to J.L. Davies and D.J. Vaughan.



Poetic quotations sources

  The myriad of quotes that appear drawn from secular plays and poetry have sources too numerous to mention in detail.
  If you are really interested a good way to track many of the plays and poems down would be to have recourse to a good book of quotations.
  Such books are generally indexed by phrase and tend to give chapter and verse as to the original source after any and each of the quoted phrases.

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