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A collection of quotes and sayings by Angelus Silesius on freedom, art, Christ, religion, children, spiritualism, joy and more.

28 Quotes By Angelus Silesius

Quick Facts

Famous As: Priest

Born On: December 25, 1624

Died On: July 9, 1677

Born In: Wrocław

Died At Age: 52

Angelus Silesius was a German priest and physician, known as a religios poet. Silesius showed the artistic traits at an early age and he even composed and published his first poem ‘Bonus Consilliarius’ during his school days. He later studied science and medicine at the University of Strasbourg.  After his Graduation he started working as a court physician at the Royal Court of Duke of Wurttemberg who was dissatisfied with his job and soon dismissed him. The mystical ideologies of the Duke contradicted with Lutheran theologies and due to the differences, Angelus was forced to resign from his post.  He later went to Habsburg rulers who were promoting re-Catholicisation and Silesius adopted Catholicism in the year 1653 and came to known as Angelus Silesius (born Johann Scheffler). After the Catholic Church had granted him to publish poems, Silesius published his anthologies of poetic work ‘Der Cherubinische Wandersmann’ , and  ‘Heilige Seelenlust’. However, it was because of ‘Heilige Seelenlust’ that he became famous. Silesius’s thoughts on religion, belief and art are very captivating. We have curated some of his most thought-provoking quotes and sayings from his works and life. Presenting here a collection of quotes by Angelus Silesius.

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If Christ were born in Bethlehem a thousand times and not in thee thyself; then art thou lost eternally.

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I am like God and God like me. I am as large as God. He is as small as I. He cannot above me nor I beneath him be.

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The one awakened liberated sees all things as one unseparated.

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The Rose which here on earth is now perceived by me, has blossomed thus in god from all eternity.

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Christ could be born a thousand times in Galilee - but all in vain until He is born in me.

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The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul.

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God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can't come to visit you unless you aren't there.

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Naught is there mightier than God; Yet hath He not the might to turn My Will from willing what it will, My yearning as it needs must yearn?

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Three days: Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday, I know , Yet if the past were cancelled within the here and now And then the future hidden, I could regain that Day Which I, before I was, had lived in God 's own way.

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Nothing can throw thee into the infernal abyss so much as this detested word - heed well! - this mine and thine.

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It isn't bread that feeds you; it is life and the spirit that feed you through bread.

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Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, If he's not born in thee thy soul is still forlorn.

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We keep so busy talking we are so keen to act that we forget that in the heart lies all we need untapped, intact.

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Time is of your own making; Its clock ticks in your head. The moment you stop thought Time too stops dead.

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A rose is but a rose, it blooms because it blooms; it thinks not of itself, nor asks if it is seen.

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God is a pure no-thing, concealed in now and here; the less you reach for him, the more he will appear.

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Springtime is at hand. When will you ever bloom, if not here and now?

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A monk asks:Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature?The master answers:Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.

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Love is difficult, because loving is not enough: We must, like God, ourselves be Love.

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If in your heart you make a manger for his birth then God will once again become a child on earth.

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Do not seek God in outer space-- Your heart is the only place in which to meet Him face to face.

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God does not care what good you did, but why you did it. He does not grade the fruit but probes the core and tests the root.

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The rose is without 'why'; it blooms simply because it blooms. It pays no attention to itself, nor does it ask whether anyone sees it.

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Paradise is at your own center; unless you find it there, there is no way to enter.

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By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound.

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God never does withdraw; His works come to no halt; If you don't feel His force, yourself must be at fault.

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Could one that's damned stand in high Heaven, even there He'd feel within himself all Hell and Hell's despair.

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Die ere thou diest—dying, then thou diest not: Die not—perchance then, dying, thou shalt die and rot.

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