Quotes for
the Journey:

Eternity



  
See, if you can, eternity in
the hour that passes.

Arabian proverb

   

Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

I believe in the immortality of the soul, not in the sense in which I accept the demonstrable truths of science, but as a supreme act of faith in the reasonableness of God's work.       -John Fiske

   

We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity.  For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both.       -A.W. Tozer

   

During your life, everything you do and everyone you meet rubs off in some way.  Some bit of everything you experience stays with everyone you've ever known, and nothing is lost.  That's what is eternal, these little specks of experience in a great, enormous river that has no end.       -Harriet Doerr

   

All great natures delight in stability; all great people find eternity affirmed in the very promise of their faculties.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    

God exists in eternity.  The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.       -Marianne Williamson

  
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.  But you are eternity and you are the mirror.       -Khalil Gibran

In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime.  But all these times and places and occasions are now and here.  God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages.  Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in.  I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.  Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.       -Henry David Thoreau

   

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

William Wordsworth

   

Behold, I have reached the peak of the mountain and my spirit has taken flight in the heavens of freedom and liberation.  I have gone far, far away, O children of my mother; the hills beyond the mists are now hidden from my view, the last traces of the valleys have been flooded by the ocean of serenity, and the paths and trails have been erased by the hand of oblivion.  The roar of ocean waves has faded.  I no longer hear anything but the anthem of eternity, which harmonizes with the spirit.       -Khalil Gibran

   

The doctrine of pre-existence pours a wonderful flood of light upon the otherwise mysterious problem of people's origin.  It shows that human beings, as spirits, were begotten and born of heavenly parents and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in temporal bodies to undergo an experience in mortality.        -Heber J. Grant

    
Time is . . . Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice;
But for those who love. . . Time is Eternity!

Henry van Dyke

   

   

Eternity is not something that begins after you're dead.  It is going on all the time.  We are in it now.        -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

   
    

To every one of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a dream, when we find the soul is infinitely better than its surroundings.  It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite.        -Shirdi Sai Baba

    

Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.        -the Buddha

   

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There is no hurry.  You are eternal.  If you forget something in this life, there will be plenty of time again.     -Emmanuel
  
Eternity is called whole, not because it has parts, but because it is lacking in nothing.     -Thomas Aquinas
  
You may tell me that my hand and foot are only imaginary symbols of my existence.  I could believe you, but you never, never can convince me that the I is not an eternal reality, and that the spiritual is not the true and real part of me.     -Alfred Tennyson
  
What we call eternity may be but an endless series of transitions which people call deaths, abandonments of home, going ever to fairer scenes and loftier heights.     -Edmund Bulwer-Lytton
  
Eternity has no gray hairs.  The flowers fade, the heart withers, people grow old and die, the world lies down in the sepulchre of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity.     -Reginald Heber
  
It is not possible that we should remember that we existed before our body, for our can bear no trace of such existence, neither can eternity be defined in terms of time or have any relation to time.  But notwithstanding, we feel and know that we are eternal.     -Baruch Spinoza
  
Going back to the origin is called peace; it means reversion to destiny.  Reversion to destiny is called eternity.  Those who know eternity are called enlightened.     -Lao-Tzu
  
Millions of persons long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy afternoon.     -Susan Ertz
  
It is eternity now.  I am in the midst of it.  It is about me in the sunshine.  I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air.  Nothing has to come, it is now.  Now is eternity; now is immortal life.     -Richard Jefferies
  
Eternity is not the hereafter.  Eternity has nothing to do with time. . . . This is it.  If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere.  The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.  Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.     -Joseph Campbell
  
To Zen, time and eternity are one.     -D.T. Suzuki
  
There is nothing more lonely than eternity.  And nothing is more cozy for us than to be a human being.  This indeed is another contradiction--how can we keep the bonds of our humanness and still venture gladly and purposefully into the absolute loneliness of eternity?     -Carlos Castaneda
  

    

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