Contemplation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old contemplation quotes, contemplation sayings, and contemplation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Aristotle

Contemplation is that condition of alert passivity, in which the soul lays itself open to the divine Ground within and without, the immanent and transcendent Godhead.     

Aldous Huxley

Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.     

Dodie Smith

Contemplation means rest, suspension of activity, withdrawal into the mysterious interior solitude in which the soul is absorbed in the immense and fruitful silence of God and learns something of the secret of His perfections less by seeing than by fruitive love.     

Thomas Merton

Contemplative prayer is natural, unprogrammed; it is perpetual openness to God, so that in the openness his concerns can flow in and out of our minds as he wills.     

Ray Simpson

Contemplation of life after retirement and life after death can help you deal with contemporary challenges.     

Russell M. Nelson

The contemplation of beauty, whether it be a uniquely tinted sunset, a radiant face, or a work of art, makes us glance back unwittingly at our personal past and juxtapose ourselves and our inner being with the utterly unattainable beauty revealed to us.     

Vladimir Nabokov

So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.

Henry David Thoreau

Contemplation is the root of awareness and creativity.     

Sandra Chantry

Meditate nothing. Learn to contemplate.Contemplate glory. There will be a light. Contemplate Truth until it burns your eyes out.     

Robert Frost

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.     

Meister Eckhart

Concentration is the creation of the instrument; meditation is the right use of it; contemplation transcends it.     

Christmas Humphreys

Contemplation must bring forth right action in order to permit further growth.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Your timeless self does not age and has no fear of the future. Contemplate your physical self and all its possessions, and practice laughing peacefully at it all.     

Wayne Dyer

Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have seen Him if we had lived in the days of His flesh.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace. It can come to us only as a gift, and not as a result of our own clever use of spiritual techniques.     

Thomas Merton

Contemplate sweetly on love, and the wisdom of God shall find you.     

Harold Klemp

Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding.     

John of Ruysbroeck

The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention.     

Dorothea Lange

Contemplation is a luxury, requiring time and alternatives.     

Tahir Shah

Contemplation is life itself, fully awake, fully active, and fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant source.     

Thomas Merton

Consumerism diverts us from thinking about women's rights, it stops us from thinking about Iraq, it stops us from thinking about what's going on in Africa it stops us from thinking in general.

Pink

Observe and contemplate on the hidden things of life: how a man's seed is but the beginning, it takes others to bring it to fruition. Think how food undergoes such changes to produce health and strength. See the power of these hidden things which, like the wind cannot been seen, but its effects can be.     

Marcus Aurelius

Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.     

Richard Rohr

A contemplative life has more the appearance of a life of piety than any other; but it is the divine plan to bring faith into activity and exercise.

Lord David Cecil

For contemplation is both the highest form of activity since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known, and also it is the most continuous, because we are more capable of continuous contemplation than we are of any practical activity.

Aristotle

Contemplate the good things in your life and be grateful for them.     

Rebecca Pidgeon

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them.     

Gabriel Marcel

The contemplation of consciousness which is the contemplation of no-thing whatsoever is endlessly fascinating. It’s like staring at a candle in a dark night you find yourself mesmerized by something that is unchanging yet infinitely compelling. You feel drawn into something you don’t understand rationally but that your heart or soul grasps completely. You are drawn into it, and as you are drawn into it, the only thing you experience as real is the eternal or timeless nature of Being itself. You find yourself in a state of rapture, because the deepest part of yourself has been released from your ego’s endless fears and concerns, and drawn out of the time process altogether.     

Andrew Cohen

The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart's anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away.     

Edwin Percy Whipple


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