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100 Best Meister Eckhart Quotes From The German Monist Philosopher

Meister Eckhart quotes are educational.

Eckhart von Hochheim or Meister Eckhart was a thirteenth/fourteenth-century German philosopher, theologian, and a great mystic.

Meister Eckhart joined the Dominican order and studied in Cologne, Germany. Later he taught theology at Saint-Jacques’s priory in Paris, receiving a master’s degree in 1302.

Eckhart’s work was widely read throughout the centuries. He wrote four works in German that are called 'treatises'. He was considered one of the most knowledgeable scholars of the century. Eckhart was known for preaching a personal and internal way to reach for with prayers and sermons when Churches were ritualistic and hierarchical. According to Eckhart, the most powerful form of prayer is by a person who has sunk deep down into God's will and abandoned all self-will with no regard for their own gain or obsession with worldly pleasure.

Due to Eckhart's popularity many a prayer and sermons have been misattributed to him, for example, the quotes “And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” and “If 'thank you' is the only prayer you can utter in your lifetime, that would be enough” are misattributed and disputed.

For more related content take a look at Arthur Schopenhauer quotes and Max Stirner quotes.

Meister Eckhart Quotes About God

Learn more about God with these great Meister Eckhart quotes. Path to god will hopefully open for you with these sayings and quotes!

1. “There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him... It has nothing in common with anything created.”

— Meister Eckhart.

2. “If you look for nothing but God, nothing or no one can disturb you. God is not distracted by a multitude of things. Nor can we be.”

— Meister Eckhart.

3. “God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.”

— Meister Eckhart.

4. “Do not imagine that your reason can grow to the knowledge of God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

5. “If God is to be a giver, He must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God’s gifts except by his humility.”

— Meister Eckhart.

6. “Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.”

— Meister Eckhart.

7. “When God has sent his angel to me, then I know of a surety. ... When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure.”

— Meister Eckhart.

8. “Each time our wrongdoing cuts the string, God ties another knot drawing us up closer to Him.”

— Meister Eckhart.

9. “The less theorizing you do about God, the more receptive you are to His inpouring.”

— Meister Eckhart.

10. “If you seek God and seek Him for your own profit and bliss, then in truth you are not seeking God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

11. “We shall find God in everything alike, and find God always alike in everything.”

— Meister Eckhart.

12.  “But where is this true possession of God, whereby we really possess him, to be found”

— Meister Eckhart.

13. “No-one knows what the soul is. But what we do know is, the soul is where God works compassion.”

— Meister Eckhart.

14. “God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.”

— Meister Eckhart.

Quotes About Life

Great Meister Eckhart quotes about life that will get you thinking about life.

15. “If you seek the kernel, you must break the shell.”

— Meister Eckhart.

16. “There is no stopping place in this life – nor is there ever one for any person, no matter how far along the way one’s gone.”

— Meister Eckhart.

17. “If anyone went on for a thousand years asking of life: 'Why are you living?' life, if it could answer, would only say, 'I live so that I may live'.”

— Meister Eckhart.

18. “I declare truly that as long as anything is reflected in your mind which is not the eternal Word, or which looks away from the eternal Word, then, good as it may be, it is not the right thing.”

— Meister Eckhart.

19. “I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will!”

— Meister Eckhart.

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

— Meister Eckhart.

21. “Wisdom consists in doing the next think you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.”

— Meister Eckhart.

22. “Learn to behave thus even in deepest distress and keep yourself that way in any and every estate of life.”

— Meister Eckhart.

23. “A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.”

— Meister Eckhart.

24. “Nothing is sharper than suffering, nothing is sweeter than to have suffered.”

— Meister Eckhart.

25. “Our bodily food is changed into us, but our spiritual food changes us into it.”

— Meister Eckhart.

26. “For a heart to be perfectly ready it has to be perfectly empty.”

— Meister Eckhart.

27. “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.”

— Meister Eckhart.

28. “Some people prefer solitude. They say their peace of mind depends on this.”

— Meister Eckhart.

29. “One must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”

— Meister Eckhart.

30. “The followers of Christ discovered that the heavier their suffering, the easier they could endure it.”

— Meister Eckhart.

31. “I do not find God outside myself or conceive him except as my own and in me.”

— Meister Eckhart.

Quotes About Humanity

Meister Eckhart quotes are good at making you learn more about humanity.

Meister Eckhart quotes about beginnings and the transformation of faith in humanity.

32. “We find people who like the taste of God in one way and not in another, and they want to have God only in one way of contemplation, not in another.”

— Meister Eckhart.

33. “The human spirit must transcend number and breakthrough multiplicity.”

— Meister Eckhart.

34. “Here in time we are celebrating the eternal birth which God the Father bore and unceasingly bears in eternity, because this same birth is now born in time, in human nature.”

— Meister Eckhart.

35. “A man can go into the field and say his prayer and be aware of God, or, he may be in Church and be aware of God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

36. “Even now one rarely hears of people achieving great things unless they first stumble in some respect.”

— Meister Eckhart.

37. “Whoever possesses God in their being, has him in a divine manner, and he shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see.”

— Meister Eckhart.

38. “One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be.”

— Meister Eckhart.

39. “We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray.”

— Meister Eckhart.

40. “People should not worry so much about what they do but rather about what they are.”

— Meister Eckhart.

41. “To know himself a man must ever be on the watch over himself, holding his outer faculties.”

— Meister Eckhart.

42. “If someone abandons himself, whatever else he might keep, whether riches or honors, or anything, he has abandoned all things.”

— Meister Eckhart.

43. “The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills.”

— Meister Eckhart.

44. “To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

45. “In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.”

— Meister Eckhart.

46. “The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.”

— Meister Eckhart.

Mystical Quotations

Meister Eckhart quotes about the greater power that makes you trust God and follow his teachings.

47. “So, when I am able to establish myself in nothing, and nothing in myself then I can pass into the naked being of God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

48. “The soul is scattered abroad among her powers, and dissipated in the action of each.”

— Meister Eckhart.

49. “As the peculiar faculty of the eye is to see form and colour, and of the ear to hear sweet tones and voices, so is aspiration peculiar to the soul.”

— Meister Eckhart.

50. “The most powerful prayer is the outcome of a quiet mind.”

— Meister Eckhart.

51. “The more wise and powerful a master, the simpler it is.”

— Meister Eckhart.

52. “When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”

— Meister Eckhart.

53. “If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.”

— Meister Eckhart.

54. “The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him.”

— Meister Eckhart.

55. “He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”

— Meister Eckhart.

56. “Grace is from God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

57. “Above the intellect that seeks is another intellect which does not seek but stays in its pure, simple being, which is embraced in that light.”

— Meister Eckhart.

58. “For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.”

— Meister Eckhart.

59. “This then is salvation – when we marvel at the beauty of created things and praise their beautiful Creator.”

— Meister Eckhart.

60. “God is not attained by a process of addition to anything in the soul, but by a process of subtraction.”

— Meister Eckhart.

61. “You need seek God neither below or above.He is no farther away than the door of the heart.”

— Meister Eckhart.

62. “To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

63. “Whoso heareth Me is not ashamed. Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself.”

— Meister Eckhart.

64. “Now rejoice, all ye powers of my soul, that you are so united with God that no one can separate you from Him.”

— Meister Eckhart.

65. “If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.”

— Meister Eckhart.

66. “Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.”

— Meister Eckhart.

67. “There is a power in the soul which touches neither time nor flesh, flowing from the spirit, remaining in the spirit, altogether spiritual.”

— Meister Eckhart.

68. “Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”

— Meister Eckhart.

Meister Eckhart Quotes About Love

Meister Eckhart quotes are inspiring.

Best Meister Eckhart sermons and quotes about love and its importance in life.

69. “All true morality, inward and outward, is comprehended in love.”

— Meister Eckhart.

70. “The love by which we love God is the very same love with which God has first loved us.”

— Meister Eckhart.

71. “Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

72. “All true morality, inward and outward, is comprehended in love, for love is the foundation of all the commandments.”

— Meister Eckhart.

73. “Love often begins with fear; fear is the approach to love: fear is like the awl which draws the shoemaker's thread through the leather.”

— Meister Eckhart.

74. “You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.”

— Meister Eckhart.

75. “Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul.”

— Meister Eckhart.

76. “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”

— Meister Eckhart.

77. “Everything is full and pure at its source and precisely there, not outside.”

— Meister Eckhart.

78. “With the love of God, people will be able to accept and endure whatever happens to them.”

— Meister Eckhart.

79. “What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.”

— Meister Eckhart.

Short Quotes

Great short quotes to build your trust in God!

80. “The beast that bears you fastest to perfection is suffering.”

— Meister Eckhart.

81. “Grace pours all beauty into the soul. The soul means the world.”

— Meister Eckhart.

82. “To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process.”

— Meister Eckhart.

83. “To grasp God in all things - this is the sign of your new birth.”

— Meister Eckhart.

84. “One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one maybe.”

— Meister Eckhart.

85. “When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.”

— Meister Eckhart.

86. “Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.”

— Meister Eckhart.

87. “I am what I wanted and I want what I am.”

— Meister Eckhart.

88. “It is in the darkness that one finds the light.”

— Meister Eckhart.

89. “Relation is the essence of everything that exists.”

— Meister Eckhart.

90. “There’s a place in the soul where you’ve never been wounded.”

— Meister Eckhart.

91. “The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.”

— Meister Eckhart.

92. “A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.”

— Meister Eckhart.

93. “Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”

— Meister Eckhart.

94. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

— Meister Eckhart.

95. “Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.”

— Meister Eckhart.

96. “God wants nothing of you but the gift of a peaceful heart.”

— Meister Eckhart.

97. “God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.”

— Meister Eckhart.

98. “Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God.”

— Meister Eckhart.

99. “Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.”

— Meister Eckhart.

100. “God lies in wait for us with nothing so much as love.”

— Meister Eckhart.

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