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“A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communication and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life.”
Thomas Moore
“It may help us, in those times of trouble, to remember that love is not only about relationship, it is also an affair of the soul.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
“Go where we may, rest where we will,
Eternal London haunts us still.”
Thomas Moore
“Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities--that's training or instruction--but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed...
To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life...
One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.”
Thomas Moore
“An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected.”
Thomas Moore
“And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
Is always the first to be touched by the thorns.”
Thomas Moore
“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”
Thomas Moore
“Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world.”
Thomas Moore
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
Thomas Moore
“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”
Thomas Moore
“It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”
Thomas Moore
“The devil...the prowde spirite...cannot endure to be mocked.”
Thomas Moore
“A genuine odyssey is not about piling up experiences. It is a deeply felt, risky, unpredictable tour of the soul. ”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
tags: 36
“How many times do we lose an occasion for soul work by leaping ahead to final solutions without pausing to savor the undertones? We are a radically bottom-line society, eager to act and to end tension, and thus we lose opportunities to know ourselves for our motives and our secrets.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
tags: 125
“You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang round it still. ”
Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies
“The key to seeing the world's soul, and in the process wakening our own, is to get over the confusion by which we think that fact is real and imagination is illusion.”
Thomas Moore, Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
“When we relate to our bodies as having soul, we attend to their beauty, their poetry and their expressiveness. Our very habit of treating the body as a machine, whose muscles are like pulleys and its organs engines, forces its poetry underground, so that we experience the body as an instrument and see its poetics only in illness.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
tags: 172
“Love doesn't demand perfection, but it does ask you to give yourself with less reserve than you'd prefer.”
Thomas Moore, A Life At Work: The Joy Of Discovering What You Were Born To Do
“Socrates and Jesus, two teachers of virtue and love, were executed because of the unsettling, threatening power of their souls, which was revealed in their personal lives and in their words.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
tags: 135
“I have plenty of machinery around me; what I really need is a more enchanting world in which to live and work.”
Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
“Sex and religion are closer to each other that either might prefer.”
Thomas Moore
“To the soul, memory is more important than planning, art more compelling than reason, and love more fulfilling than understanding.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
tags: soul
“There's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream. ”
Thomas Moore
“Though the last glimpse of Erin with sorrow I see,
Yet wherever thou art shall seem Erin to me;
In exile thy bosom shall still be my home,
And thine eyes make my climate wherever we roam.”
Thomas Moore
“Come o'er the sea,
Maiden with me,
Mine through the sunshine, storms and snows;
Seasons may roll,
But the true soul
Burns the same, where'er it goes.”
Thomas Moore
“Soul is to be found in the vicinity of taboo.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
“I thought that the light-house looked lovely as hope,
That star on life's tremulous ocean.”
Thomas Moore
tags: hope
“Technologies of the soul tend to be simple, bodily, slow and related to the heart as much as the mind. Everything around us tells us we should be mechanically sophisticated, electronic, quick, and informational in our expressiveness - an exact antipode to the virtues of the soul. It is no wonder, then, that in an age of telecommunications - which, by the way, literally means "distant connections" - we suffer symptoms of the loss of soul. We are being urged from every side to become efficient rather than intimate.”
Thomas Moore
“Fight on my men,"says Sir Andrew Barton,
I am hurt,but I am not slain;
I'll lay me down and bleed a-while,
And then I'll rise and fight again".”
Thomas Moore
“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”
Thomas Moore

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