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  • It is not in our power to explain either the prosperity of the wicked or the sufferings of the righteous.
    — Ethics of the Fathers quoted in Jewish Wisdomby Joseph Telushkin
  • When we confront the huge pain of the world, we are up against a dark mystery. We are in what the mystics have called a cloud of unknowing and should not expect to see a silver lining immediately.
    — Karen Armstrong in In the Beginning
  • Mysteries are not to be solved. The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.
    — Jalaluddin Rumi in The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks
  • We never "catch up with" reality itself. The real nature of mystery always evades our attempts to conceptualize it, and escapes the nets of our language and symbolism. Its depths are never plumbed. Mystery is always linked to passion, enthusiasm and all great emotions, in short, to life's deepest and greatest impulses.
    — Leonardo Boff in Ecology and Liberation
  • Lean back with your eyes closed, your arms opened wide. Be there with all of life's mysteries. Welcome them into your life.
    — Terry Bookman in The Busy Soul
  • Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.
    — Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • The problem of evil has baffled humankind since Eden; perhaps because it can only be approached through facing the mystery of good, and we do not like to acknowledge that good is a mystery.
    — D. M. Dooling quoted in The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz
  • Paradox is in fact a hallmark of western spirituality, an ongoing reminder that mystery is the heart, the atmosphere and completion of our spiritual quest, that the ultimately untouchable is forever at our fingertips.
    — John Kirvan in God Hunger
  • To love God is to follow the mystery, to be led by its showing and withdrawing.
    — John S. Dunne in The Music of Time
  • It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
    — Albert Einstein quoted in Holy Clues by Stephen Kendrick
  • At the heart of every story is Mystery. The reasons we attribute to events may be far different from their true cause. Often our first interpretation of events is quite different from our last reading of them. Mystery is a process, and so is our understanding of it.
    — Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom
  • In other words, mystery, from the Greek word mysterion, is not about what we can solve but about what astonishes us in splendor and horror: that part of creation that can be experienced but never completely explained. This spiritual understanding of mystery is quite different from our common, everyday understanding of the term. Mysterion is about experiencing mystery as awe, not just as something secret and hidden.
    — Stephen Kendrick in Holy Clues
  • What is indispensable is for us to recognize that this world is not self-evident. The visible is nothing more than a path to revealing the invisible — light serving to disclose the hidden light of light itself.
    — Rabbi Nilton Bonder in Yiddishe Kop

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