Mircea Eliade quotes

  • In imitating the exemplary acts of a god or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic society detaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Hero #Adventure #Men

  • Do what he will, he [the profane man] is an inheritor. He cannot utterly abolish his past, since he himself is a product of his past. He forms himself by a series of denials and refusals, but he continues to be haunted by the realities that he has refused and denied. To acquire a world of his own, he has desacralized the world in which his ancestors lived; but to do so he has been obliged to adopt an earlier type of behavior, and that behavior is still emotionally present in him, in one form or another, ready to be reactualized in his deepest being.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Past #Reality #Men

  • The primitive magician, the medicine man or shaman is not only a sick man, he is above all, a sick man who has been cured, who has succeeded in curing himself.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Men #Medicine #Sick

  • Water symbolizes the whole of potentiality - the source of all possible existence.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Water #Source #Existence

  • And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Useless #Realizing #Melancholy

  • Light does not come from light, but from darkness.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Light #Darkness #Doe

  • The way towards 'wisdom' or towards 'freedom' is the way towards your inner being. This is the simplest definition of metaphysics.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Way #Definitions #Metaphysics

  • For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Religious #Reality #Stones

  • It would be frightening to think that in all the Cosmos, which is so harmonious, so complete and equal to itself, that only human life is happening randomly, that only one's destiny lacks meaning.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Destiny #Thinking #Perception

  • I don't want to be mediocre, this is the fear of my soul and my body.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Soul #Want #Body

  • The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the founding of the world: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Real #Space #World

  • When the sacred manifests itself in any hierophany, there is not only a break in the homogeneity of space; there is also a revelation of an absolute reality, opposed to the nonreality of the vast surrounding expanse. The manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world. In the homogenous and infinite expanse, in which no point of reference is possible and hence no orientation can be established, the hierophany reveals an absolute fixed point, a center.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Reality #Space #World

  • The great cosmic illusion is a hierophany.... One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Believe #Reality #Forget

  • Psychoanalysis justifies its importance by asserting that it forces you to look to and accept reality. But what sort of reality? A reality conditioned by the materialistic and scientific ideology of psychoanalysis, that is, a historical product...
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Reality #Historical #Looks

  • The crude product of nature, the object fashioned by the industry of man, acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Men #Reality #Identity

  • To whatever degree he may have desacralized the world, the man who has made his choice in favor of a profane life never succeeds in completely doing away with religious behavior.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Religious #Men #Choices

  • As long as you have not grasped that you have to die to grow, you are a troubled guest on the dark earth".
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Dark #Long #Guests

  • Man becomes aware of the Sacred because it manifests itself, shows itself, as something wholly different from the Profane ... In his encounters with the Sacred, man experiences a reality that does not belong to our world yet is encountered in and through objects or events that are part of the world.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Reality #Men #Our World

  • To believe that I could, at twenty-three, sacrifice history and culture for the Absolute was further proof that I had not understood India. My vocation was culture, not sainthood.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Believe #Sacrifice #India

  • The history of religions reaches down and makes contact with that which is essentially human: the relation of man to the sacred. The history of religions can play an extremely important role in the crisis we are living through. The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Religious #Men #Play

  • It is not without fear and trembling that a historian of religion approaches the problem of myth. This is not only because of that preliminary embarrassing question: what is intended by myth? It is also because the answers given depend for the most part on the documents selected.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Answers #Problem #Embarrassing

  • The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree; they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or 'wholly other.'
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Tree #Stones #Sacred

  • A religious phenomenon will only be recognized as such if it is grasped at its own level, that is to say, if it is studied as something religious. To try to grasp the essence of such phenomenon by means of physiology, psychology , sociology , economics , linguistics , art or any other study is false; it misses the one unique and irreducible element in it the element of the sacred .
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Religious #Art #Mean

  • Whether religion is man-made is a question for philosophers or theologians. But the forms are man-made. They are a human response to something. As a historian of religions, I am interested in those expressions.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Men #Expression #Philosopher

  • to have solely one thought, but it to be capable to destroy the universe.
    -- Mircea Eliade

    #Universe #Capable