John O'Donohue Quotes

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1. “There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

2. “All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

3. “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

4. “One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

5. “Real intimacy is a sacred experience. It never exposes its secret trust and belonging to the voyeuristic eye of a neon culture. Real intimacy is of the soul, and the soul is reserved.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

6. “For Equilibrium, a Blessing:Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.As the wind loves to call things to dance,May your gravity by lightened by grace.Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.As water takes whatever shape it is in,So free may you be about who you become.As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,May your sense of irony bring perspective.As time remains free of all that it frames,May your mind stay clear of all it names.May your prayer of listening deepen enoughto hear in the depths the laughter of god.”

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Source : To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

7. “If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

8. “Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

9. “So at the end of this day, we give thanksFor being betrothed to the unknown.”

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10. “the search for meaning is really the search for the lost chord. When the lost chord is discovered by humankind, the discord in the world will be healed and the symphony of the universe will come into complete harmony with itself.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

11. “When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see.”

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Source : Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

12. “We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve for them? They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

13. “The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

14. “Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

15. “When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

16. “You are as young as you feel. If you begin to feel the warmth of your soul, there will be a youthfulness in you that no one will be able to take away from you.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

17. “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

18. “What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation.When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.”

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Source : Beauty : The Invisible Embrace

19. “Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person's soul.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

20. “The beauty that emerges from woundedness is a beauty infused with feeling; a beauty different from the beauty of landscape and the cold perfect form. This is a beauty that has suffered its way through the ache of desolation until the words or music emerged to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart. It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds in finding its way through to beauty of form. Most woundedness remains hidden, lost inside forgotten silence. Indeed, in every life there is some wound that continues to weep secretly, even after years of attempted healing. Where woundedness can be refined into beauty a wonderful transfiguration takes place.”

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21. “When you steal a people's language, you leave their soul bewildered.”

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22. “Human skin is porous; the world flows through you. Your senses are large pores that let the world in. By being attuned to the wisdom of your senses, you will never become an exile in your own life, an outsider lost in an external spiritual place that your will and intellect, have constructed.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

23. “The secret and the sacred are sisters. When the secret is not respected, the sacred vanishes. Consequently, reflection should not shine too severe or aggressive a light on the world of the soul.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

24. “If you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty will become blurred, awkward, and ugly. Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

25. “One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.”

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26. “All you can ever achieve is a sense of your soul. You gain little glimpses of its light, colors, and contours. You feel the inspiration of its possibilities and the wonder of its mysteries.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

27. “Your soul is the priestess of memory, selecting, sifting, and ultimately gathering your vanishing days toward presence.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

28. “The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

29. “Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.”

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Source : To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

30. “Friendship is a creative and subversive force. It claims that intimacy is the secret law of life and universe.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

31. “The earth is our origin and destination. The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within: the clay from where the tree of the body grows. When we emerge from our offices, rooms and houses, we enter our natural element. We are children of the earth: people to whom the outdoors is home. Nothing can separate us from the vigour and vibrancy of this inheritance. In contrast to our frenetic, saturated lives, the earth offers a calming stillness. Movement and growth in nature takes time. The patience of nature enjoys the ease of trust and hope. There is something in our clay nature that needs to continually experience this ancient, outer ease of the world. It helps us remember who we are and why we are here.”

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Source : Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

32. “It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

33. “The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within: the clay from where the tree of the body grows.”

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Source : Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

34. “Silence is the voice of the mystery. Silence let us dream again.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

35. “All the animals and creatures of this earth are our former brothers and sisters but because we believe that we have "dominion" over them, we have become cruel little emperors.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

36. “The interplay between farmers and the elements was a poem without words, the echo which would always return to him.The air could hold the "breeze of the rain" or the "wind of warmth" to the discerning nose.The stone carved its memory deep into the hands that chiseled it.Fire was life in the hearth which was the center of home.Water introduced itself to us from its most natural source in streams and wells.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

37. “I would love to liveLike a river flowsCarried by the surpriseOf its own unfolding - Fluent”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

38. “This earth is the only constant in our lives. It has been here for millions of years before us. It was his gift to unearth its riches; that this "human-come-lately" is but the latest link in the chain of evolution.We must become aware of our present stage of "becoming" and to do this we need to look back at our history.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

39. “To young mind, work seemed to be the price that was gladly paid for the privilege of living so closely with the earth. Work was a real conversation with the landscape. It was not an abuse or raiding of the landscape. It was amazing to learn how to work in this context.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

40. “A horizon is something towards which we move, but it's also something that moves along with us - Hans Georg Gadamer (Truth and Method)”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

41. “The unity of four elements is what constitutes and sustains our existence in this world.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

42. “In a sense, one could speak of the secret life of colour. Despite its outward beckoning, like true beauty, colour is immensely hesitant in giving away its secrets. Painters learn to respect the hesitancy of colour and endeavour to refine their skill to become worthy of its revelations. A painter learns the language of colour slowly. As with any language, you struggle for a long time outside the language. There is a willed deliberateness to how you sequence the strange words to make a sentence.Then one day the language lets you in to where the words dance to your thoughts with ease and fluency. Perhaps for the painter there is a day when colour lets him in, when his palette sings with synergy and delight.”

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43. “May the light of your soul guide you; May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart; May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul; May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work; May your work never weary you; May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement; May you be present in what you do. May you never become lost in the bland absences; May the day never burden; May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises; May evening find you gracious and fulfilled; May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected; May your soul calm, console and renew you.”

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44. “For LongingBlessed be the longing that brought you hereAnd quickens your soul with wonder.May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desireThat disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own uneaseTo discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.May the forms of your belonging—in love, creativity, and friendship—Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.May the one you long for long for you.May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.May a secret Providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.May your mind inhabit life with the sureness with which your body inhabits the world.May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.”

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Source : To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

45. “Grace is the permanent climate of divine kindness; the perennial infusion of springtime into the winter of bleakness.”

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Source : Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

46. “The life and passion of a person leave an imprint on the ether of a place. Love does not remain within the heart, it flows out to build secret tabernacles in a landscape.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

47. “We do not need to operate according to the idea of a predetermined program for our lives.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

48. “Reflection comes between us and every other person and object in the world. An object or a person can be reflected in so many different ways. Yet the heart of an object or the essence of the heart can never be reflected. All faith and creativity is the hunger to cross over this frontier, it is the desire for pure and total encounter and belonging. Love is an affair between a reflection and its object.”

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Source : Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

49. “No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

50. “Perhaps your hunger to belong is always active and intense because you belonged so totally before you came here. This hunger to belong is the echo and reverberation of your invisible heritage. You are from somewhere else, where you were known, embraced and sheltered. This is also the secret root from which all longing grows. Something in you knows, perhaps remembers, that eternal belonging liberates longing into its surest and most potent creativity. This is why your longing is often wiser than your conventional sense of appropriateness, safety and truth... Your longing desires to take you towards the absolute realization of all the possibilities that sleep in the clay of your heart; it knows your eternal potential, and it will not rest until it is awakened.”

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Source : Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

51. “The eternal world and the mortal world are not parallel, rather they are fused.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

52. “Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

53. “Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.”

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Source : Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

54. “Take time to see the quiet miracles thatseek no attention”

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55. “History is an amazing presence--it is the place where vanished time gathers. While we are in the flow of time, it is difficult to glean its significance, and it is only in looking back that we can recognize the hidden dimensions at work within a particular era or epoch.”

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