Matthew Fox quotes

  • If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Beauty #Tree #Imperfection

  • Beauty saves. Beauty heals. Beauty motivates. Beauty unites. Beauty returns us to our origins, and here lies the ultimate act of saving, of healing, of overcoming dualism.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Beauty #Lying #Healing

  • Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons - but they're not out there.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Women #Angel #Healing

  • Filmmaking is always sort of building a mosaic of this arc of what the character is going through.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Character #Mosaics #Building

  • I directed an episode of 'Party of Five' toward the very end of that show. It was a great experience.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Party #Ends #Episodes

  • I enjoy a four-seasonal climate and wide-open spaces, so being on an island 2,500 miles into the South Pacific made me feel a little claustrophobic.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Space #Islands #Four

  • Compassion is not pity ... compassion never considers an object as weak or inferior. Compassion, one might say, works from a strength born of awareness of shared weakness, and not from someone else's weakness. And from the awareness of the mutuality of us all. Thus to put down another as in pity is to put down oneself.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Compassion #Weakness #Might

  • The universe is in the habit of making beauty. There are flowers and songs, snowflakes and smiles, acts of great courage, laughter between friends, a job well done, the smell of fresh baked bread. Beauty is everywhere.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Song #Jobs #Laughter

  • A global awakening can only happen from a spiritual awakening that is of global dimensions.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Awakening

  • To connect with the great river we all need a path, but when you get down there there's only one river.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Spiritual #Rivers #Path

  • We must work on our souls, enlarging and expanding them. We do so by experiencing all of life-the beauty and the joy as well as the grief and pain. Soul work requires paying attention to life, to the laughter and the sorrow, the enlightening and the frightening, the inspiring and the silly.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Pain #Laughter #Silly

  • What is common to all paths that are spiritual is, of course, the Spirit-breath, life energy, that is why all true paths are essentially one path, because there is only one Spirit, one breath, one life, one energy in the universe. It belongs to none of us and all of us. We all share it. Spiritually does not make up otherworldly; it renders us more fully alive.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Spiritual #Energy #Doe

  • Creation is all space, all time - all things past, present, and future.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Past #Space #Creation

  • The whole purpose of letting pain be pain is this: to let go of pain. By entering into it, we see that we are strong enough and capable enough to move through it. We find out that it ultimately has a gift for us.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Letting Go #Strong #Pain

  • Facing the darkness, admitting the pain, allowing the pain to be pain, is never easy. This is why courage - big-heartedness - is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. But if we fail to let pain be pain - and our entire patriarchal culture refuses to let this happen - then pain will haunt us in nightmarish ways. We will become pain's victims instead of the healers we might become.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Spiritual #Pain #Journey

  • Faith takes us to deep places, to the ruptures in our self-confidence and our lives. Do not settle for spiritual comfort all the time...Darkness is divine also. Faith is not about positive thinking so much as about what kicks in when we are weak, sick, and short of self-confidence. The via positiva never stands alone. The via negativa is always with us on our faith journey as well.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Spiritual #Positive Thinking #Self Confidence

  • Healthy mysticism praises acts of letting go, of being emptied, of getting in touch with the space inside and expanding this until it merges with the space outside. Space meeting space; empty pouring into empty. Births happen from that encounter with emptiness, nothingness. . . . Let us not fight emptiness and nothingness, but allow it to penetrate us even as we penetrate it.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Letting Go #Fighting #Space

  • To recover a spiritual tradition in which creation, and the study of creation, matters would be to inaugurate new possibilities between spirituality and science that would shape the paradigms for culture, its institution, and its people.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Spiritual #People #Would Be

  • Prayer is essentially about making the heart strong so that fear cannot penetrate there.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Strong #Prayer #Heart

  • When our inner self connects to our work and our work to our inner self, the work knows no limit, for the inner self knows no limit.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Work #Self #Limits

  • What is of most moment of compassion is not feelings of pity but feelings of togetherness.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Compassion #Feelings #Togetherness

  • We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty. If we take pictures of them and blow up the photographs, we realize we walk on beauty every day, even when things seem ugly around us.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Beauty #Blow #Cracks

  • We are in the cosmos and the cosmos is in us.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Cosmos

  • Animals love. They love their being. They strive to survive, to celebrate, to propagate . So certainly something we learn from animals is love. To survive and to celebrate, propagate and to love life. To be the best we can be - the right to be here and the responsibility to be the best dog or bear or horse that they can be. Humans have the tendency to self pity that other animals don't indulge in.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Dog #Horse #Responsibility

  • We honor life when we work. The type of work is not important: the fact of work is. All work feeds the soul if it is honest and done to the best of our abilities and if it brings joy to others.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Joy #Soul #Honor

  • The system is not working. That is how a paradigm shift begins: the established way of seeing the world no longer functions.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #World #Way #Function

  • Sustainability is another word for justice, for what is just is sustainable and what is unjust is not.
    -- Matthew Fox

    #Justice #Unjust #Social Justice