Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.

October 20 “The old man worships a God at a distance, but knows Him not, nor where He is, but by relation from others, either by word or writing… The new man worships a God at hand, where He dwells in His holy temple, and he knows Him by His own Word from His dwelling-place, and not by relation of others.” ~ James Nayler, 1616-1660


October 13 “No clear impressions, either from above or from without, can be received by a mind turbid with excitement and agitated by a crowd of distractions. The stillness needed for the clear shining of light within is incompatible with hurry.” ~ Caroline Stephen, 1834 -1909


October 6 “True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” ~ William Penn, 1644-1718


September 29 “It may surprise some of us to hear that the first generation of Friends did not have a testimony for simplicity. They came upon a faith which cut to the root of the way they saw life, radically reorienting it.  They saw that all they did must flow directly from what they experienced as true, and that if it did not, both the knowing and
the doing became false.  In order to keep the knowledge clear and the doing true, they stripped away anything which seemed to get in the way.  They called those things superfluities, and it is this radical process of stripping for clear-seeing which we now term simplicity.” – Frances Irene Taber 1985 “Plain Living – A Quaker Path to Simplicity”


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