Illumination quotes

  • This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice.
    -- Adam Weishaupt

    #Mean #Illumination #Clouds

  • It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination.
    -- Adam Weishaupt

    #Education #Men #Illumination

  • Through ignorance, through faith, through intelligence, through trickery and cunning, through illumination, the reader rewrites the text with the same words of the original but under another heading, re-creating it, as it were, in the very act of bringing it into being.
    -- Alberto Manguel

    #Ignorance #Illumination #Creating

  • The prime objective of all Initiatory music in the Temples of Antiquity was to bring about physical purification and renewal, mental stimulation and alertness, spiritual exhilaration and Illumination.
    -- Ambrose

    #Spiritual #Inspiration #Illumination

  • There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Time #Illumination

  • An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.
    -- Andrew Lang

    #Humorous #Men #Illumination

  • Can you imagine the hopelessness of trying to live a spiritual life when you’re secretly looking up at the skies not for illumination or direction, but to gauge, miserably, the odds of rain?
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Spiritual #Rain #Illumination

  • There are five stages of meditation, each one leading gradually into the next: concentration, meditation, contemplation, illumination, and inspiration.
    -- Benjamin Creme

    #Inspiration #Illumination #Meditation

  • We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb.
    -- Bill Bryson

    #Light #Illumination #World

  • Real art is illumination, it adds stature to life.
    -- Brooks Atkinson

    #Art #Real #Illumination

  • Your intelligence is a fire that can illuminate any darkness. Awaken and let your mind burn so brightly! You are alive for a reason!
    -- Bryant H. McGill

    #Fire #Illumination #Darkness

  • Do not assume that divine guidance flows only when you are in need of help. Guidance continues to flow whether or not you have problems. It transcends problems, heartbreaks, and traumas, flowing through dreams and illuminations. Whether guidance comes during times of tranquility or trauma, however, it is up to you to have the courage to acknowledge it
    -- Caroline Myss

    #Dream #Illumination #Needs

  • A philosophical thought has probably not attained all its sharpness and all its illumination until it is expressed in French
    -- Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

    #Philosophical #Illumination #Sharpness

  • Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.
    -- Charles Darwin

    #Men #Illumination #Mind

  • All great musical composers have been connected, consciously or unconsciously, with this source of music-a fact that enabled them to become masters of their art. Their compositions contain specific messages brought through from high realms for the definite purpose of bettering world conditions and bestowing upon mankind greater illumination.
    -- Corinne Heline

    #Art #Inspiration #Illumination

  • Spiritual illumination and perspective are poured out through the windows of heaven and into our lives as we honor the law of tithing.
    -- David A. Bednar

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Illumination

  • Pilgrimages of mind or walking meditation - bringing moments of illumination in which the sense of relationship to the rest of existence suddenly stands out with startling and unexpected clarity.
    -- David Fontana

    #Illumination #Meditation #Mind

  • It might sound odd, but I want to thank Michael Bay because hes been saying how important it is to show 3D with the right luminescence. And thats very important for this film, a lot of which was shot at night or with very low illumination.
    -- David Heyman

    #Night #Illumination #Important

  • I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination.
    -- David Ogilvy

    #Illumination #Support #Marketing

  • We all have a tendency to use research as a drunkard uses a lamppost - for support, but not for illumination
    -- David Ogilvy

    #Illumination #Support #Use

  • If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.
    -- Elif Safak

    #Past #Illumination #Mind

  • ... the life of the mind is reality, and love without romantic illumination is a spiritless matter.
    -- Ellen Glasgow

    #Reality #Illumination #Mind

  • Painters who are not colorists produce illumination, not painting.
    -- Eugene Delacroix

    #Illumination #Painting #Produce

  • One of the outcomes of a Spirit-filled life is a new illumination to understand God's Word.
    -- F. E. Marsh

    #Illumination #Outcomes #Spirit

  • We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light...We all have something to give.
    -- George H. W. Bush

    #Light #Illumination #Giving

  • If you take from a theory only the conclusions you like and discard the rest, you are using the theory as a drunkard uses a lamp post-for support rather than illumination.
    -- Greg Mankiw

    #Illumination #Support #Use

  • If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just to go and see what the reality is, of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer, the drunk or sober poet... Sometimes you can go looking for illumination.
    -- Harold Brodkey

    #Reality #Illumination #Drunk

  • Most striking at first is the appearance of sudden illumination, a manifest sign of long unconscious prior work.
    -- Henri Poincare

    #Illumination #Long #Firsts

  • The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love.
    -- Idries Shah

    #Illumination #Intuition #Mind

  • After an interval of two and a half centuries, the tradition of mystic illumination renewed itself in Italy and Germany.
    -- James Mark Baldwin

    #Illumination #Two #Germany

  • The book was in her lap; she had read no further. The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark. The lines that penetrate us are slender, like the flukes that live in river water and enter the bodies of swimmers. She was excited, filled with strength. The polished sentences had arrived, it seemed, like so many other things, at just the right time. How can we imagine what our lives should be without the illumination of the lives of others?
    -- James Salter

    #Book #Rivers #Illumination

  • It is as if my heart and my brain did not belong to the same person. Feelings come quicker than lightning and fill my soul, but they bring me no illumination; they burn me and dazzle me.
    -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    #Heart #Illumination #Soul

  • ‎"With any major decision there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it ...is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts. Certainly don't go to that being who is bent on your destruction of your happiness. Face your doubts. Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.
    -- Jeffrey R. Holland

    #Giving Up #Illumination

  • Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest.
    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    #Light #Illumination #Shadow

  • Tasteful illumination of the night, Bright scattered, twinkling star of spangled earth.
    -- John Clare

    #Stars #Night #Illumination

  • serene illumination, or just sitting, is not a technique, or a means to some resulting higher state of consciousness, or any particular state of being. Just sitting, one simply meets the immediate present. Desiring some flashy experience, or anything more or other than 'this' is mere worldly vanity and craving.
    -- John Daido Loori

    #Mean #Vanity #Illumination

  • A glimmer of light is better than no illumination at all.
    -- John James Cowperthwaite

    #Light #Illumination

  • I have found, beauty is the illumination of the mind...
    -- John M. Geddes

    #Beauty #Illumination #Mind

  • For a servant of God to have authority in every sentence he utters, he must first suffer for the message he is to deliver. Without great tribulation, there is no great illumination.
    -- John Sung

    #Illumination #Suffering #Messages

  • One of the leading uses of photography by the mass media came to be called photojournalism. From the late 'twenties' to the early 'fifties' what might have been the golden age of this speciality - photographers worked largely as the possessors of special and arcane skills, like the ancient priests who practiced and monopolized the skills of pictography or carving or manuscript illumination. In those halcyon days the photographer enjoyed a privileged status.
    -- John Szarkowski

    #Photography #Illumination #Media

  • I get obsessed with decorations and decorating the house. I keep it tasteful outside, but when you get inside it is a bit like Blackpool illuminations, I go bonkers!
    -- Johnny Vegas

    #Illumination #House #Obsessed

  • Regrets are illuminations come too late.
    -- Joseph Campbell

    #Inspirational #Regret #Illumination

  • The investigation of making is illuminating towards that moment rather than the other way around, a reversal of the way that I would approach making a painting before. I think that it gets to a richer illumination of the moment, which is what I was trying to do at the beginning but going about it a little backwards.
    -- Julie Mehretu

    #Thinking #Illumination #Trying

  • Whenever I get lost in a novel I just throw a poem in. What it does is flare up, and it's so illuminated that I'm able to see where to go. I write between these illuminations.
    -- Kate Braverman

    #Writing #Illumination #Poetry

  • There is a tendency for humans to consciously see what they wish to see. They literally have difficulty seeing things with negative connotations while seeing with increasing ease items that are positive. For example, words that evoke anxiety, either because of an individuals personal history or because of experimental manipulation, require greater illumination before first being perceived.
    -- Lionel Tiger

    #Illumination #Anxiety #Wish

  • History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
    -- Lord Acton

    #Memories #Illumination #Soul

  • We must keep in mind that where the road is crooked, God makes it straight, and where our hearts are wounded, God makes us whole. As we open our hearts in purity and simplicity, admitting to God that we are completely powerless in the area of our problem, His illumination redeems us.
    -- Marianne Williamson

    #Heart #Illumination #Simplicity

  • The difference between transformation by accident and transformation by a system is like the difference between lightning and a lamp. Both give illumination, but one is dangerous and unreliable, while the other is relatively safe, directed, available.
    -- Marilyn Ferguson

    #Change #Illumination #Differences

  • Just like the car headlights impressively illuminating the dark streets, wisdom words powerfully enlighten the dark minds!
    -- Mehmet Murat Ildan

    #Dark #Illumination #Car

  • How can I look back and not speak of the stupid learning about birth? Of the stupid learning that people make love, and how it seemed the reason for all things, the intimacy of my wondering, the illumination that to an adolescent was the cause for life around me, the reason why the unhappy people I knew did not kill themselves?
    -- Muriel Rukeyser

    #Stupid #Illumination #People

  • Madness, and then illumination.
    -- Orson Scott Card

    #Illumination #Madness

  • Knowledge has three degrees--opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.
    -- Plotinus

    #Knowledge #Mean #Illumination

  • I don't see it as a form of healing, because if you have wounds that are bleeding I don't think acting will ever get them to stop. But I find acting is a form of illumination.
    -- Rebecca De Mornay

    #Healing #Thinking #Illumination

  • Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness.
    -- Rene Descartes

    #Illumination #Light #Soul

  • Act as if the universe is a prodigious miracle created for your amusement and illumination. Assume that secret helpers are working behind the scenes to assist you in turning into the gorgeous masterpiece you were born to be. Join the conspiracy to shower all of creation with blessings.
    -- Rob Brezsny

    #Blessing #Illumination #Miracle

  • I sincerely believe that there is a time in life for drifting. There is a time for sitting back and getting in touch with yourself. Some of our most interesting illuminations and ideas will come when we take time to reflect, time to kick back and cruise awhile.
    -- Rudolfo Anaya

    #Believe #Reflection #Illumination

  • Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.
    -- Rumi

    #Book #Heart #Illumination

  • Pray to God with tears in your eyes whenever you want illumination or find yourself faced with any doubt or difficulty. The Lord will remove all your impurities, assuage your mental anguish, and give you enlightenment.
    -- Sarada Devi

    #Eye #Illumination #Giving

  • A deeply felt novel . . . The Story of Forgetting offers us both solace and illumination. Stefan Merrill Block possesses a singular mix of imagination, compassion, and scientific understanding; he is equally gifted at spinning fantastic tales as he is at bringing genetic histories to vivid life.
    -- Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

    #Block #Compassion #Illumination

  • In meditation, silently and serenely, all words are transcended. In Illumination, all things appear as is. Silence is the ceasing of ego-grasping. Illumination is the functioning of the wonder of wisdom. The unity of these two is awakening to Buddha Nature.
    -- Sheng-yen

    #Illumination #Two #Meditation

  • In the end, history, especially British history with its succession of thrilling illuminations, should be, as all her most accomplished narrators have promised, not just instruction but pleasure.
    -- Simon Schama

    #Illumination #History #Narrators

  • Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there. A new idea is a light that illuminates presences which simply had no form before the light fell on them.
    -- Susanne Katherina Langer

    #Discovery #Illumination #Ideas

  • Illumination by the Spirit is the endless end of every virtue.
    -- Symeon the New Theologian

    #Christian #Illumination #Spirit

  • ... I pray... that you may discern your affairs in a manner pleasing to God and may so act and endeavor that you may find Christ, as He even now cooperates with you, and in time to come will bestow on you abundantly the enjoyment of the illumination that comes from Him. Do not follow the wolf instead of the shepherd (cf. Mt. 7:15), nor enter into a flock that is diseased (cf. Ezek. 34:4). Do not be alone by yourself?
    -- Symeon the New Theologian

    #Christian #Illumination #Cfs

  • There are many paths to enlightenment. Some of us who have expanded to a degree of illumination have thereafter preached the dogmatic certainty of one particular path. But enlightenment doesn't care how you get there. And if you aren't going to be thinking about it in paradise, then don't worry about it now.
    -- Thaddeus Golas

    #Spiritual #Thinking #Illumination

  • We know there is a sun in heaven, yet we cannot see what matter it is made of, but perceive it only by the beams, light and heat. Election is a sun, the eyes of eagles cannot see it, yet we may find it in the heat of vocation, in the light of illumination, in the beams of good works.
    -- Thomas Adams

    #Eye #Eagles #Illumination

  • Light and color are closely linked. The colors can make a crucial change in nature, if you switch from daylight to artificial light or just from strong to weak illumination. In addition, color perception is affected by the material structure. Even if a piece of textile can have the same color as a shiny enamel plate, then they will act completely different.
    -- Verner Panton

    #Strong #Light #Illumination

  • The adept may reach one of those rare moments that spell illumination -- aware of the light of the consciousness that illumines our consciousness as the sun dawns on the sleeping earth and bathes it in effulgence.
    -- Vilayat Inayat Khan

    #Sleep #Light #Illumination

  • Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
    -- Vin Scully

    #Illumination #Drunk #Support

  • You are the instrument of your own illumination.
    -- Vivian Gornick

    #Illumination #Instruments

  • Facts do not convey truth. That's a mistake. Facts create norms, but truth creates illumination.
    -- Werner Herzog

    #Mistake #Illumination #Facts

  • Needless fear and panic over disease and misfortune that seldom materialize are simply bad habits. By proper ventilation and illumination of the mind it is possible to cultivate tolerance, poise and real courage.
    -- Elie Metchnikoff

    #Fear #Real #Illumination

  • In the temporary illumination of the headlights, the insects were scribbling out messages from God that we couldn't get.
    -- Heather O'Neill

    #Illumination #Messages #Insects

  • I have found, beauty is the illumination of the mind.
    -- John J. Geddes

    #Beauty #Illumination #Mind

  • We don't want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don't want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.
    -- Madeleine L'Engle

    #Book #Light #Illumination

  • There's a much deeper knowing and deeper intelligence in this place. This is where I began the journey of listening to that inner wisdom. We've all had those aha moments. In yoga it's called prajna - a flash of illumination. I heard that voice.
    -- Brad Willis

    #Yoga #Journey #Illumination

  • I cannot resist making the observation that some people use statistics as a drunk uses a lamppost - more to lean on than for illumination.
    -- Alfred E. Perlman

    #Illumination #People #Drunk

  • The rainbow is elusive, and its colors but the illumination of tears.
    -- Alice Dunbar Nelson

    #Illumination #Color #Sky

  • Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-postsfor support rather than illumination.
    -- Andrew Lang

    #Illumination #Drunk #Support

  • The exploration of oneself is usually also an exploration of the world at large, of other writers, a process of comparison with oneself with others, discoveries of kinships, gradual illumination of one's own potentialities.
    -- Colin Wilson

    #Discovery #Illumination #World

  • The apostles were moved, not so much by an intellectual apprehension, as by a spiritual illumination. They met men, and the need of those men whom they met cried aloud to them.
    -- Roland Allen

    #Spiritual #Men #Illumination

  • Whether drugs lead to illumination or degradation depends on the spirit in which one takes them
    -- George Andrews

    #Hippie #Illumination #Addiction

  • The way upward from inertia to illumination passes through the sphere of action.
    -- Swami Prabhavananda

    #Illumination #Way #Spheres

  • We've got the latest dump by WikiLeaks talking about what this really means in terms of Donald Trump's narrative of pay-for-play, so we've got the State Dept. and the FBI on defense saying this is not really an illumination of anything, how can Hillary Clinton and her team get in front of this?
    -- Thomas Roberts

    #Team #Mean #Illumination