“I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.”
― Herman Melville
“There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.”
― George Gordon Byron
The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man.
David Herbert Lawrence
Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
"The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing."
Tao Te Ching ~
"Witchcraft is not evil.
At least not any more than lighting a votive candle,
praying for a sick friend, or carrying a lucky charm is.
However, there are some who do view witchcraft as evil.
This is only because organized religion (primarily the Christian church)
has conditioned them to fear anything which strays from their narrow condemning view.
After all, if you have the ability to fend for yourself,
solve your own problems, and choose your own method of spiritual expression,
why would you need the confined structure of a church?"
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
We are more than the sum of our knowledge, we are the products of our imagination. "
"Man can learn nothing except by going from the
known to the unknown."
— Claude Bernard
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”
— Margaret Drabble
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, /
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
— William Shakespeare
“In everything natural there is something marvelous.”
“Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” – “Called or not called, the god will be there.”
— ancient Roman saying
“Our knowledge can only be finite,
while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.”
— Karl Popper
"A religion without a goddess is halfway to atheism."
- Dion Fortune
"Through the Goddess, we can discover our strength,
enlighten our minds, own our bodies, and celebrate our emotions."
"The Goddess is Alive.
Magic is afoot."
- Z. Budapest
"This planet is our home.
Our life and hers are interdependent."
- Doreen Valiente
"When we let go of believing we are superior,
we open ourselves to the experience of living in the community of Nature."
- Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
"Religion is about creation,
and for that reason religion should be about the earth."
- Laurie Cabot
"Make no mistake about it, magick is an art form,
and every true magician is an artist."
- Lon Milo DuQuette
"You see, no matter how important everything else is to magical success,
belief is the most crucial."
"No one can give you magickal powers. You have to earn them.
There is only one way to do this. Practice, practice, practice!"
- Donald Michael Kraig
"Magic is not always serious or solemn.
It is a joyous celebration and merging with the life-force."
- Scott Cunningham
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." - Henry David Thoreau
"Good energy was never meant to be waisted on idiocy." - Silver RavenWolf (author of To Ride a Silver Broomstick and also a well-known PowWow Magician)
"Believe in the fairies that make dreams come true, believe in the wonder of the stars and the moon. Believe in the magic from the fairies above, they dance on the flowers and sing the songs of love. And if you just believe and always stay true, the fairies will be there to watch over you!" - Unknown
"Time Flies. Suns rise and shadows fall. Let time go by. Love is forever over all." - Chinese Fortune Cookie
"I will move in harmony with the seasons." - Unknown
"the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan." - Zitkala-Sa (Dakota Sioux Native)
"Time is artificial." - Sybil Leek (when alive she was England's Most Famous Witch, author of Life of a Witch)
"There is no death. Only a change in worlds." - Seattle Suquamish Chief
"Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact, angels have no religion as we know it...their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on earth." - St. Thomas Aquinas
"He who desires the soul, who plays with the soul, who makes love with the soul, who attains ecstasy in the soul, becomes his own master and wanders at will through the worlds." - Chandogya Upanishad
"The sound is fading away. It is of the five sounds...Freedom. The sound is fading away..." - Chippewa Song
"The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us..." - Big Thunder (Bedagi) (Wabanaki Algonquin Tribe)
"I shall not be killed. I shall not be harried, I shall not be put in cell, I shall not be wounded, Neither shall Christ leave me in forgetfulness. No fire, no sun, no moon shall burn me, no water, no loch, no sea shall drown me. No arrow of fairy or dart of fay shall wound me, And I under the protection of Holy Mary, And my gentle foster mother, my beloved Bride." - from the Carmina Gadelica (a collection of Scottish songs, prayers, and verses in which Christian & Pagan elements mingle)
"I am the roar of the ocean. I am a powerful ox. I am a hawk on a cliff. I am a salmon in pools. I am a lake in a plain." - from the Song of Amergin (a Celtic poem)
"If you are to absorb with the trees, you may never find your way out of the forest." - Unknown
"To dwellers in a wood, almost every species has its voice, as well as its feature." - Thomas Hardy (author of Under the Greenwood Tree)
"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc (female French warrior who was burned at the stake - accused of heresy, though she did nothing but serve the church and her country).
"With nature's help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life sustaining." - Hildegard of Bingen (Abbess, mystic, author, composer)
"If you weigh well the strength of the armies, and the causes of the war, you will see that in this battle you must conquer or die. This is a woman's resolve; as for men, they may live and be slaves." - Boudicca (Celtic Warrior Queen who fought the Romans)
"Within the heart of God is the heart of a mother." - Old Scottish Highland Saying
"Sometimes we have to travel to the edge of ourselves to find the center." - Buck Ghosthorse (Lakota Medicine Man)
"Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force which has manifested on the the Earth." - Scott Cunningham (revered author of many Pagan books)
"Books can lift our spirits, heal our wounds, steel our courage and strengthen our religious resolve." - Scott Cunningham
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. -- Chinese proverb
After your death, you will be what you were before your birth. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. -- Marsha Norman
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. -- Joseph F. Newton
With magic comes great responsibility. It's not enough to possess the ability to use magic. One must have the wisdom and courage to use it for the good of the people. -- unknown
I may not be perfect, but I am perfectly me. I also respect that you are not perfect, but are perfectly you. It is that part of you that I love. -- Bonnie Rebecca Strayer
The secret of life is not to have everything you want, but to want everything you have. -- Neale Donald Walsch
The poetry of men pales before the poetry of Nature. -- Marcel Chevalier
The weak find an excuse, the strong find a way.
- Leo Martello
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
- Albert Einstein
To see what few have seen, you must go where few have gone.
What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree, with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it, and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millenia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
- Carl Sagan
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to "glorify God and enjoy him forever".
-Henry David Thoreau
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. -- Naguib Mahfouz
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."
"If there is no wind -- Row."
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair..."
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens..."
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
- Three favorite quotes from Khalil Gibran
"Obedient women are never remembered in history"
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
“The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting”