Sanctuary for Humanity
Quotes from Sanctuary for Humanity

Quotes of the Sanctuary

“And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them." ~ Bible: Hebrew, Exodus 25:8

“We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.” ~ Kalu Rinpoche

“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“I am God evolving into a human being. So are you. Our spiritual practice is simply to remind each other of who we really are.” ~

“Be clear like a mirror reflecting nothing.” ~ Rumi,

"Arise, transcend thyself. Thou art man and the whole nature of man is to become more than himself.”
~ Sri Aurobindo

 “It is a common illusion that spirituality must be practiced separately from daily life. Life is a spiritual practice, and we should find the time to set up divine appointments during the day.” ~ Angeles Arrien

“A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.”
John O’Donohue

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” ~Albert Einstein

 “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Give me everything mangled and bruised, and I will make a light of it to make you weep,
and we will have rain and begin again.” ~ Deena Metzger


"The Church says: the body is a sin.
Science says: the body is a machine.
Advertising says: The body is a business.
The Body says: I am a fiesta."
~  Eduardo Hughes Galeano


“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~   Rumi

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Material things are not to be despised—without them there can be no manifestation in the material world.”
~ Sri Aurobindo

“When you extend yourself frenetically outward, seeking refuge in your external image or role, you are going into exile. When you come patiently and silently home to yourself, you come into unity and into belonging.”
~ John O’Donohue

“May we turn inwards and stumble upon our true roots in the intertwining biology of this exquisite planet. May nourishment and power pulse through these roots, and fierce determination to continue the billion-year dance. “   ~John Seed

Why is love so important in healing? Simply because it is the most significant thing in human life. 
~Bernie Siegel, M.D.

“You are the world.” ~ Krishnamurti

“Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life.” ~ John O’Donohue

“This holiness is the essence of healing, which means to manifest wholeness in spirit and bring it into our bodies, our families, our communities, our world. We heal by beginning to consciously embody the Spirit that lives as one with us and in all things.” ~ Brooke Medicine Eagle, M.A.

"Oh my God, there isn't a thing we touch—there is nothing at all—that is not connected to someone else." ~Carolyn Myss

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” ~ William James

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

"Most human beings today waste some twenty-five to thirty years of their lives before they break through the actual and conventional lies which surround them." ~Isadora Duncan

"This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it." ~ William James

“It is the experience of living that is important, not searching for meaning. We bring meaning by how we love the world." ~ Bernie Siegel, M.D.

"Everything has been figured out, except how to live." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

"If I were to begin life again, I should want it just as it was; only I would open my eyes a little more."
~Jules Renard

"On our most fundamental level, living beings, including human beings, are packets of quantum energy constantly exchanging information with this inexhaustible sea of energy.” ~ Lynne McTaggart – The Field

"There is only one disease. . .the disease of disconnection."  ~ Connie Graud

“It’s harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” ~ Einstein

“Science changes, funeral by funeral.” ~ Max Planck

“Ultimately, it is upon our vulnerability that we depend.” ~ Rilke

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because some day in life, you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver

“My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” ~ Mark Twain

“We cannot continue to seek outside ourselves for the things we need from within.” ~ John O’Donohue

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tsu

“Give voice to a poem. Let it end with praise for the sun and the friend within the sun.” ~ Rumi

“Love does not remain within the heart; it flows out to build secret tabernacles in a landscape.” 
~ John O’Donohue

“What matters is not the isolated entity, but the space between things, the relationship of things.”
~ Lynn McTaggart— The Bond

"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we are seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own inner-most being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive." ~Joseph Campbell

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.”  ~ Yeats

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” ~ T.S. Eliot

“Sun drapes a buttered scarf across your face, rose opens herself to your glance, and rain shares its divine melancholy. The whole world keeps whispering or shouting to you, nibbling your ear, like a neglected lover.” ~Alison Luterman

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” ~ Buddha

“Complete health and awakening are really the same. ~ Tarthang Tulku

“Something we were withholding made us weak until we found it was ourselves. ~ Robert Frost

“We attend in silence and in joy. This is the day when healing comes to us. This is the day when separation ends, and we remember who we really are.” ~ A Course in Miracles

“The assumption of being an individual is our greatest limitation.” ~ Pir Vilayat Khan

"The best-adjusted person in our society is the person who is not dead and not alive, just numb, a zombie. When you are dead you're not able to do the work of the society. When you are fully alive you are constantly saying, "No" to many of the processes of society, the racism, the polluted ...environment, the nuclear threat, the arms race, drinking unsafe water and eating carcinogenic foods. Thus it is in the interest of our society to promote those things that take the edge off, keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us slightly numbed out and zombie-like. In this way our modern consumer society itself functions as an addict."
~ Anne Wilson Schaef, Author and Lecturer

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep.” ~ Rumi

“When you do something from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy . . .” ~ Rumi

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.” ~ Albert Einstein

“To be human is to be lost in the woods. . . Although they are dark and dangerous, it is in the woods that we discover our strengths.” ~ Elizabeth Lesser