Quotes by Meister Eckhart

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
– Meister Eckhart
Abortion is a skillfully marketed product sold to women at a crisis time in their life. If the product is defective, she can't return it for a refund.
– Meister Eckhart
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
– Meister Eckhart
Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.
– Meister Eckhart
God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.
– Meister Eckhart
God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
– Meister Eckhart
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
– Meister Eckhart
If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.
– Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
– Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, thank you, that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart
Jesus might have said, I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me.
– Meister Eckhart
Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.
– Meister Eckhart
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
– Meister Eckhart
The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.
– Meister Eckhart
The more we have the less we own.
– Meister Eckhart
The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.
– Meister Eckhart
The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God.
– Meister Eckhart
There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.
– Meister Eckhart
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.
– Meister Eckhart
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
– Meister Eckhart