65 Meaningful Quotes By Meister Eckhart For A New Lease Of Life
Philosopher, Theologian, Mystic
Meister Eckhart was a medieval-era German philosopher, mystic, and theologian. He gained recognition during the Avignon Papacy, at a time when tensions increased between diocesan clergy, Eckhart's Dominican Order of Preachers, the Franciscan Order, and monastic orders. His works with reverent lay groups such as the Friends of God made him more popular. Eckhart was one of the most influential 13th-century Christian Neoplatonists in his day, and was extensively read in the later Middle Ages. We have curated some famous quotes and sayings by Meister Eckhart on gratitude, prayer, beginnings, willingness, inner-peace, fallibility, religion, faith, mysticism, self-awarness, self-knowledge etc which have been gathered from his works, philosophies, thoughts, writings and life. Take a look at interesting quotes and thoughts by Meister Eckhart.
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language. Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it. Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul. When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it. The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born. One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be. My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read. One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works. I am what I wanted and I want what I am. Nobody at any time is cut off from God. All God wants of man is a peaceful heart. God is not good, or else he could do better. God is at home. We are in the far country. The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great. Whoever possesses God in their being has Him in a divine manner, and He shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see. Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion. I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart. Every creature is a word of God. There’s a place in the soul where you’ve never been wounded. The more we have the less we own. I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth. As long as I am this or that, I am not all things. Even now one rarely hears of people achieving great things unless they first stumble in some respect. There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him... It has nothing in common with anything created. [W]e must come into a transformed knowing, an unknowing which comes not from ignorance but from knowledge. If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," it will be enough. The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge. For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again. In this breaking-through, I receive that God and I are one. Then I am what I was, and then I neither diminish nor increase, for I am then an immovable cause that moves all things. Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God. I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will! If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it is enough. Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God. But of God you can never have a sufficiency. The more you have of God, the more you desire. If you could ever have enough of God, so that you were content with him, then God would not be God. There is no need to look for God here or there. He is no farther away than the door of your own heart. We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. The less theorizing you do about God, the more receptive you are to His inpouring. They who can go without all things, not needing them, are far more blessed than they who possess them in their need. That person is the best who can do without what they do not need. As St Denys says: they speak most beautifully of God who can maintain the deepest silence concerning him in the fullness of their inner wealth.21 They do him wrong who take God just in one particular way. They take the way rather than God’ (Sermon 19). Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go. That we may ‘live in eternity’, so help us God. Amen. We should be able to recognize true and perfect love by whether or not someone has great hope and confidence in God, for there is nothing that testifies more clearly to perfect love than trust. The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me... May you find great value in these You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
Indeed, the more we are our own possession, the less we are God’s possession.
Christ said: ‘Whoever leaves anything for my sake will receive again a hundredfold in return’ (Matt 19:29).
For it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works.
Only those for whom God is present in all things and who make the very best use of their reason, know what true peace is and truly possess heaven.
If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice. Say, ‘I wish to come to you so that your wealth shall fill my poverty, your infinity shall fill my emptiness, and your immeasurable, incomprehensible Godhead shall fill my base and wretched humanity.