Quotes by Swedish authors


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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it"
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"In the spiritual body moreover, man appears such as he is with respect to love and faith, for everyone in the spiritual world is the effigy of his own love, not only as to the face and the body, but also as to the speech and the actions"
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"The angels taken collectively are called heaven, for they constitute heaven; and yet that which makes heaven in general and in particular is the Divine that goes forth from the Lord and flows into the angels and is received by them"
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"For the spiritual sense of the Word treats everywhere of the spiritual world, that is, of the state of the church in the heavens, as well as in the earth; hence the Word is spiritual and Divine"
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"First of all it must be known who the God of heaven is, since upon that all the other things depend"
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"But by all this I am not deterred, for I have seen, I have heard, I have felt"
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"In heaven there are two distinct loves, love to the Lord and love towards the neighbor, in the inmost or third heaven love to the Lord, in the second or middle heaven love towards the neighbor"
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"For in every particular of the Word there is an internal sense which treats of things spiritual and heavenly, not of things natural and worldly, such as are treated of in the sense of the letter"
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"That every man after the life in the world lives to eternity, is evident from this, that man is then spiritual, and no longer natural, and that the spiritual man, separated from the natural, remains such as he is to eternity, for man's state cannot be changed after death"
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"Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own"
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"True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense"
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"There are angels that receive more interiorly the Divine that goes forth from the Lord, and others that receive it less interiorly; the former are called celestial angels, and the latter spiritual angels"
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"The human race is the basis on which heaven is founded, is because man was last created, and that which is last created is the basis of all that precedes"
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"The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body's total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form?"
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"The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside"
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"It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses"
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"Maturity - among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates"
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"Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy"
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"Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions"
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"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road"
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"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results"
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"If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied"
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"Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness"
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"Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age"
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"It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not"
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"The quality of the Lord's church on earth, cannot be seen by any man, so long as he lives in the world, still less how the church in process of time has turned aside from good to evil"
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"He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil"
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"The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness"
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"Man was so created by the Lord as to be able while living in the body to speak with spirits and angels, as in fact was done in the most ancient times; for, being a spirit clothed with a body, he is one with them"
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"Destruction was effected after visitation, for visitation always precedes"
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