„The divine in Jesus does not denote a violent rupture of the course of human history with the exclusion of all causal connection and all human personality, but it lies at the basis of all this history from beginning to end; it dwells in it as the divine Logos, as the rational aptitude of human nature, as impulse to the true and good, as God-consciousness. All progress in the development of mankind from the lowest grades upward, every achievement of culture which makes rude nature the servant of reason, every formation of higher ethical ideals, and every clarifying and deepening of the God-consciousness, is an effect and a revelation of the divine Logos dwelling in our race.“
— Otto Pfleiderer German Protestant theologian 1839 - 1908
„I believe that the unity of man as opposed to other living things derives from the fact that man is the conscious life of himself. Man is conscious of himself, of his future, which is death, of his smallness, of his impotence; he is aware of others as others; man is in nature, subject to its laws even if he transcends it with his thought.“
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
„Restraining the thought-streams natural to the mind,... the seer dwells in his own nature. Otherwise he is of the same form as the thought-streams.“
— Patañjali ancient Indian scholar(s) of grammar and linguistics, of yoga, of medical treatises 300
„Human beings, having, above all creatures, received the power of reason... need to be aware where nature is unaware. Nature reaches its culmination in humans, but human consciousness has not its essence in itself or nature.“
— Carl Linnaeus Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist 1707 - 1778
As quoted in Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm (2009), "Linnaeus and homo religiosus," Universitet, p. 83.
„It is the grandeur of Christ's character which constitutes the chief power of His ministry, not His miracles or teachings apart from. His character. The greatest truth of the gospel is Christ Himself — a human body become the organ of the Divine nature, and revealing, under the conditions of an earthly life, the glory of God.“
— Horace Bushnell American theologian 1802 - 1876
„From lower to the higher next,
Not to the top, is Nature’s text;
And embryo Good, to reach full stature,
Absorbs the Evil in its nature.“
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
Festina Lente, Moral
„A one transcendent, universal, original and sempiternal Divinity or divine Essence, Consciousness, Force and Bliss is the fount and continent and inhabitant of things.
Soul, nature, life are only a manifestation or partial phenomenon of this self-aware Eternity and this conscious Eternal.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: The fundamental idea of all Indian religion is one common to the highest human thinking everywhere. The supreme truth of all that is is a Being or an existence beyond the mental and physical appearances we contact here. Beyond mind, life and body there is a Spirit and Self containing all that is finite and infinite, surpassing all that is relative, a supreme Absolute, originating and supporting all that is transient, a one Eternal. A one transcendent, universal, original and sempiternal Divinity or divine Essence, Consciousness, Force and Bliss is the fount and continent and inhabitant of things. Soul, nature, life are only a manifestation or partial phenomenon of this self-aware Eternity and this conscious Eternal.
„Within the horizon of this [western] myth, love is understood as the artificial restraining of our natural impulses toward unbridled aggression.“
— Sam Keen author, professor, and philosopher 1931
— Mencius Chinese philosopher -372 - -289 a.C.
7A:1, as translated by Wing-tsit Chan in A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy (1963), p. 62
„There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.“
— Alexander Hamilton Founding Father of the United States 1755 - 1804
„Nature as it is seen and nature as it is felt, the nature that is there.. (he pointed towards the green and blue plain; J. G.) and the nature that is here (he tapped his forehead, J. G.) both of which have to fuse in order to endure, to live that life, half human and half divine, which is the life of art or, if you will.. the life of god. The landscape is reflected, humanized, rationalized within me. I objectivize it, project it, fix it on my canvas..“
— Paul Cézanne French painter 1839 - 1906
p. 150, in: 'What he told me – I. The motif'
„Anyone who says human nature can’t be changed is out of his head. To make it stick, he’s got to define human nature—and he can’t.“
— Larry Niven American writer 1938
The Warriors (p. 142)