"You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard fr
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
"There is a turning of the soul from the darkness to the light; from the spirit of deceit to the spirit of truth; from all false appearances and imaginations about holiness to that which the eternal l
"If but one person were raised by God's power to stand and live in the same Spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who gave forth the Scriptures that person would shake the earth for ten miles
"The real strength of early Quakerism lay in the quiet inconspicuous growth of small meetings in many homes where sometimes as few as three or four waited upon God in silence..." - Howard H. Brinton
"Do you want to know whether a group is part of the true church? Very well, note whether they love each other; note whether their hearts are quickened by the love of the Living God; note whether they
"Experience is the Quaker?s starting-point. This light must be my light, this truth must be my truth, this faith must be my very own faith." - Rufus Jones
"The key that unlocks the door to the spiritual life belongs not to Peter, or some other person, as an official. It belongs to the individual soul, that finds the light, discovers the truth that sees
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." - John 1:19
"If we better studied and understood God?s creation, this would do a great deal to caution and direct us in our use of it. For how could we find the impudence to abuse the world if we were seeing the
"I saw an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness." - George Fox
"But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything that I have said to you." - John 14:26
"Turn to the Lord in spirit, He is within you. If you wait in spirit, you shall hear Him speak to your spirit." - James Nayler
"Stand still in that which shows and discovers; and then doth strength immediately come. And stand still in the Light, and submit to it, and the other will be hush'd and gone; and then content comes."
"To be a Quaker is to know oneself capable of being taught now by the living Spirit of Truth..." - Paul A. Lacey
"Once having the vision, the second step to holy obedience is this: Begin where you are. Obey now. Use what little obedience you are capable of, even if it be like a grain of mustard seed." - Thomas R
"When Christian worship lost its spontaneity and became organized and mechanized, with human leadership more apparent than divine leadership, the living Presence in the midst was no longer felt so str
"Experience is primary. How can we know God? By experience. But it is important to take our ?leadings?, as we call them, into group discernment, and ask: 'Is this what God wants us to do?' For Quakers
"I expect to pass through this world but once...any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now." - William Penn
"Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source o
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth." - John 16:12
"Be pattterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk chee
"We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God's love drawing us together and leading us." - Faith & Practice
"The most important insight George Fox, our founder, had was that, if everyone can have a direct encounter with God, why do we need priests and all the rest? Sometimes absence is very important to all
"To labor to be established in divine love so that the mind is disentangled from the power of darkness is the great business of human life." - John Woolman
"But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code." - Romans 7:6
"There must be amidst all the confusions of the hour a tried and undisturbed remnant of persons who will not become purveyors of coercion and violence, who are ready to stand alone, if it is necessary
"To turn all we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives." - John Woolman
"Within the meeting equality appears in the equal opportunity for all to take part, regardless of age, sex or ability. It means equality of respect and the resulting absence of all words and behavior
"Be still and cool in thine own mind and spirit." - George Fox
"Whether in times of war or times of peace the Quaker is under peculiar obligation to assist and to forward movements and forces which make for peace in the world and which bind men together in ties o
"If the soul is able to find in the silence union with the peace of God at the heart of existence, then inward peace is secured and new knowledge and power received." - Howard H. Brinton
"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:25
"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment." - William Penn
"You will say, Christ saith this, and the apostles say this; but what canst thou say? Art thou a child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest is it inwardly from God? " - George
"True godliness doesn't turn men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavours to mend it." - William Penn
"In worship we enter with reverence into communion with God and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Come to meeting for worship with heart and mind prepared. Yield yourself and all your outw
"Begin now, as you read these words, as you sit in your chair, to offer your whole selves, utterly and in joyful abandon, in quiet, glad surrender to Him who is within. In secret ejaculations of prais
"The life that intends to be wholly obedient, wholly submissive, wholly listening, is astonishing in its completeness. Its joys are ravishing, its peace profound, its humility the deepest, its power w
"Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways." - Faith & Practice
"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn
"If fighting is inconsistent with an ideal society, then fighting will not bring the ideal society. A spiritual result is produced by spiritual means and a material result by material means. If war is
?Our task is to bind up the broken-hearted, to be a cup of strength in times of agony, to set men on their feet when the foundations seem to be caving in, and to feed and comfort the little children a
"Appreciate that doubt and questioning can also lead to spiritual growth and to a greater awareness of the Light that is in us all." - Faith & Practice
"Let us then try what Love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us." - William Penn
"We are a people that follow after those things that make for peace, love and unity." - Margaret Fell
"My conviction led me to adhere to the sufficiency of the light within us, resting on truth for authority, not on authority for truth." - Lucretia Mott
"But there is a wholly different way of being sure that God is real. It is not an intellectual proof, a reasoned sequence of thoughts. It is the fact that men experience the presence of God." - Thomas
"How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus' example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God chal
"O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand." - William Penn
?But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.? - James 3:17
"Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life." - Faith & Practice
"Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God's love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide y
...Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way." - Faith & Practice
"The Quaker meeting for worship and the Quaker meeting for business are unique institutions. It is their purpose to expose the soul to the Light from God..." - Howard H. Brinton
"If our principles are right, why should we be cowards?" - Lucretia Mott
?And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help me, nor could tell what to do, then, Oh then, I heard a voice which said, ?There is one, even Christ Je

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