Quotes by Swedish authors


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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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"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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"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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"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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"Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own"
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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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"Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age"
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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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"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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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it"
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"For the judgment was accomplished not only upon all the men of the Christian church, but also upon all who are called Mohammedans, and, moreover, upon all the Gentiles in the whole world"
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"Destruction was effected after visitation, for visitation always precedes"
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"Without such a Life, the Word as to the letter is dead"
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"The act of exploring what the men are, and moreover the separation of the good from the evil, is visitation; and the good are then removed, and the evil are left behind"
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"Moreover, no one is judged from the natural man, thus not so long as he lives in the natural world, for man is then in a natural body; but everyone is judged in the spiritual man, and therefore when he comes into the spiritual world, for man is then in a spiritual body"
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"And as the Divine that goes forth from the Lord is the good of love and the truth of faith, the angels are angels and are heaven in the measure in which they receive good and truth from the Lord"
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"This Divine truth flows into heaven from the Lord from His Divine love"
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"That all who have ever been born men from the beginning of creation, and are deceased, are either in heaven or in hell, follows from those things which have been said and shown in the preceding article, namely, that Heaven and Hell are from the human race"
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"I am well aware that many will say that no one can possibly speak with spirits and angels so long as he lives in the body; and many will say that it is all fancy, others that I relate such things in order to gain credence, and others will make other objections"
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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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"He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil"
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