For he was, like a sensible man, a mystic in private and a philosopher in public. He had “religious experience” all right; but he did not, in the modern manner, ask other people to reason from his experience. He only asked them to reason from their own experience. His experiences included well-attested cases of levitation […]
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that they are not even superficial.
When asked how he would explain a “genuine mystical experience,” Sagan responded: “Your question presupposes the existence of a genuine mystical experience and I’m not sure what that is. People have vivid hallucinations. How do you distinguish between altered states of consciousness? “If someone who has had an experience that tells us something about the […]
The significant thing is that rationalistic, humanistic man began by saying that Christianity was not rational enough. Now he has come around in a wide circle and ended as a mystic – though a mystic of a special kind. He is a mystic with nobody there. The old mystics always said that there was somebody […]
Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake them.
The language of the mystics cannot meet the language of science and reason, but nevertheless in a world that craves experimental testimonies it will be always one of the roads by which our contemporaries can find God.
The whole effort of the mystic has always been to become such that there is no part left in his soul to say ‘I.’ But the part of the soul which says ‘We’ is infinitely more dangerous still.
The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write.
Capitalism is based on the assumption that you can win. Socialism is based on the assumption that you can break even. Mysticism is based on the assumption that you can quit the game.