Rudolf Steiner Quotes (138) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (25/27 February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of idealist philosophy and with links to theosophy. Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine. See website for more info - http://www.steinerbooks.org/aboutrudolf.html
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“Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears.”
― Rudolf Steiner, Theosophy : An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos

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“You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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“The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave.”
― Rudolf Steiner

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May my soul bloom in love for all existence.
― Rudolf Steiner

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A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
― Rudolf Steiner

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All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.
― Rudolf Steiner

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To be free is to be capable of thinking one's own thoughts - not the thoughts merely of the body, or of society, but thoughts generated by one's deepest, most original, most essential and spiritual self, one's individuality.
― Rudolf Steiner

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May my soul bloom in love for all existence.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When human beings meet together seeking the spirit with unity of purpose then they will also find their way to each other ...
― Rudolf Steiner

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Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art-it must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled - thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The task of art is to take hold of the shining, the radiance, the manifestation, of that which as spirit weaves and lives throughout the world. All genuine art seeks the spirit. Even when art wishes to represent the ugly, the disagreeable, it is concerned, not with the sensory - disagreeable as such, but with the spiritual which proclaims its nature in the midst of unpleasantness. If the spiritual shines through the ugly, even the ugly becomes beautiful. In art it is upon a relation to the spiritual that beauty depends.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Music is the expression of the will of nature while all other arts are expressions of the idea of nature.
― Rudolf Steiner

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You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We must be educated in inner human modesty, so we can recognize that we are not, even for a moment, complete as human beings. Instead, we continue to develop from birth until death. We must recognize that every day of life has a special value, that it is not without purpose that we must learn to live through our thirties right after we have just gone through our twenties. We need to learn that each new day and each new year offers continual revelation.
― Rudolf Steiner

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If the blonds and blue-eyed people die out, the human race will become increasingly dense ... Blond hair actually bestows intelligence. In the case of fair people, less nourishment is driven into the eyes and hair; it remains instead in the brain and endows it with intelligence. Brown- and dark-haired people drive the substances into their eyes and hair that the fair people retain in their brains.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Each individual is a species unto him/herself.
― Rudolf Steiner

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A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We are fully human only while playing, and we play only when we are
human in the truest sense of the word.
― Rudolf Steiner

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He who perceives in the spiritual world must know that at times Imaginations are assigned to him which at first he must forego understanding; he must receive them as Imaginations and let them ripen in his soul as such. In spiritual experience, much depends on a man having the patience to make observations, at first to simply accept them, and to wait with understanding them until the right moment arrives.
― Rudolf Steiner

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A real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into a knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul and spirit.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The smallest thing in its rightful place can lead to the highest goals.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Reverence, enthusiasm, and a sense of guardianship, these three are actually the panacea, the magical remedy, in the soul of the educator and teacher.
― Rudolf Steiner

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To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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I ask you to write this deeply into your souls . . . the materialistic culture . . . is now on the way to its close.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We have to live over into the other; we have to dissolve with our soul into the other.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.
― Rudolf Steiner

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In the future no human being is to find peace in the enjoyment of happiness if others beside him are unhappy.
― Rudolf Steiner

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In a community of human beings working together, the well-being of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of the work he has himself done; i.e., the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own requirements are satisfied, not out of his own work done, but out of work done by the others.
― Rudolf Steiner

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For what lies inside the human being is the whole spiritual cosmos in condensed form. In our inner organism we have an image of the entire cosmos.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When the human being hears music, he has a sense of wellbeing, because these tones harmonize with what he has experienced in the world of his spiritual home.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential centre of our being.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Anthroposophy is not a game, nor just a theory; it is a task that must be faced for the sake of human evolution.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Spiritual science attempts to speak about non-sensory things in the same way that the natural sciences speak about sense-perceptible things...No one can ever deny others the right to ignore the supersensible, but there is never any legitimate reason for people to declare themselves authorities, not only on what they themselves are capable of knowing, but also on what they suppose cannot be known by any other human being.
― Rudolf Steiner

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For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Live through deeds of love, and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Thinking... is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas
― Rudolf Steiner

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If humanity is to live in the future in a socially right way, humanity must educate its children in a socially right way.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Nothing is better for the human being than to add the right amount of honey to his food.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Geometry is knowledge that appears to be produced by human beings, yet whose meaning is totally independent of them.
― Rudolf Steiner

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You'll be able to gain insight and reach a conclusion only by applying the powers of mind, intellect, soul, heart, spirit, and imagination. This is what 'looking at something spiritually' really means.
― Rudolf Steiner

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All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave.
― Rudolf Steiner

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For human beings, love is the most important fruit of experience in the sense world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping because our lives depend upon it.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We must eradicate root and branch any fear and dread in our soul concerning the future that is coming towards us... We must develop composure with regard to all the feelings and sensations we have about the future; we must anticipate with absolute equanimity whatever may be coming towards us, thinking only that whatever it may be will be brought to us by the wisdom-filled guidance of the universe.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Beauty is not the divine in a cloak of physical reality; no, it is physical reality in a cloak that is divine. The artist does not bring the divine on to the earth by letting it flow into the world; he raises the world into the sphere of the divine.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We create the possibility for a better human form in our next life if during our jamaloca existence after death, when we still have an astral body, we can have memories connected with music.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We have seen that blood united to blood in the case of but remotely connected species of animals, kills; blood united to blood in the case of more closely allied species of animals does not kill. The physical organism of man survives when strange blood comes in contact with strange blood, ... but clairvoyant power perishes under the influence of this mixing of blood, or exogamy.
― Rudolf Steiner

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That which secures life from exhaustion lies in the unseen world, deep at the roots of things.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Materialism has cast man into such depths that a mighty concentration of forces is necessary to raise him again. He is subject to illnesses of the nervous system which are veritable epidemics of the life of the soul.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Matter is never without Spirit. Spirit is never without Matter.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Each one of us has it in themselves to be a free spirit, just as every rose bud has in it a rose.
― Rudolf Steiner

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I look at the bird in the cage and see the air, not only the air that is around the bird when it flies, but I see and feel the formative tendency of air in its form. When I do all this, then what lives in the forms becomes enlivened and spiritualized for me.
― Rudolf Steiner

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You have no idea how unimportant is all that the teacher says or does not say on the surface, and how important what he himself is as teacher.
― Rudolf Steiner

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In so far as we think, we are the all-one being that pervades everything.
― Rudolf Steiner

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In the future every human shall see a hidden divinity in every fellow human.
― Rudolf Steiner

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A race or nation stands so much the higher, the more perfectly its members express the pure, ideal human type ... The evolution of man through the incarnations in ever higher national and racial forms is thus a process of liberation [leading to] an ideal future.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Man is effective in the world not only through what he does, but above all through what he is.
― Rudolf Steiner

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All real philosophers have been artists in the realm of concepts.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Colour is the soul of Nature and of the entire cosmos...
― Rudolf Steiner

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In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Today certain definite ideas are developing out of the Egyptian ideas. What is called Darwinism today did not arise because of external reasons. We are the same souls who, in Egypt, received the pictures of the animal forms of man's forebears. The old views have awakened again, but man has descended more deeply into the material world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Only when I follow my love for my objective is it I myself who act.
― Rudolf Steiner

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If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken.
― Rudolf Steiner

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If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Reverence awakens in the soul a sympathetic power through which we attract qualities in the beings around us, which would otherwise remain concealed.
― Rudolf Steiner

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What is necessary to keep providing good care to nature has completely fallen into ignorance during the materialism era.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe... Anthroposophists are those who experience, as an essential need of life, certain questions on the nature of the human being and the universe, just as one experiences hunger and thirst.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Most naughtiness arises because the children are bored and lack a relationship with the teacher.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Knowledge of life in the astral world leads us to a conclusion of fundamental importance, namely that the physical world is the product of the astral world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Every human being shall see in each and all of his fellow-men a hidden divinity... that every human being is made in the likeness of the Godhead. When that time comes there will be no need for any religious coercion; for then every meeting between one man and another will of itself be in the nature of a religious rite, a sacrament.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The stars once spoke to man. It is world destiny that they are silent now, but in their silence there grows and ripens what man speaks to the stars!
― Rudolf Steiner

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Without common sense, all thine efforts are in vain.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The outer world, with all its phenomena, is filled with divine splendour, but we must have experienced the divine within ourselves, before we can discover it in our environment
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Intuition is for thinking what observation is for perception. Intuition & observation are sources of knowledge.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Those who would know the world, seek first within your beings' depths; those who would truly know themselves, develop interest in the world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Sounds are the echo of the "Harmony of the Spheres" which man took into himself when he came down from the divine-spiritual world into the physical world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Where God's presence is no longer a tenable proposition and where his absence is no longer a felt, indeed overwhelming weight, certain dimensions of thought and creativity are no longer attainable.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When you try to do one step forward to attain knowledge about the hidden truths, then do the same time three steps forward to perfect your character.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The common trait of all evil is nothing other than egoism... Basically all human evil comes from what we call the selfishness.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Ultimately all knowing, from the highest to the lowest, is the result of experience; it arises on the way of experiences.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When man faces man the one attempts to put the other to sleep and the other continuously wants to maintain his uprightness. But this is, to speak in the Goethean sense, the archetypal phenomenon of social science. This sleeping-into we may call the social principle, the social impulse of the new era: we have to live over into the other; we have to dissolve with our soul into the other.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Our task is to educate the human being in such a way that he or she can bring to expression in the right way that which is living in the whole human being, and on the other side that which puts him/her into the world in the right way.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When the spirit most closely approaches the physical earth, then we have the perception of fragrance.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Our highest endeavour must be to develop individuals who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose & direction to their lives.
― Rudolf Steiner

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One can only understand history and all of social life, including today’s social life, if one pays attention to people’s racial characteristics. And one can only understand all that is spiritual in the correct sense if one first examines how this spiritual element operates within people precisely through the color of their skin.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Where the realm of freedom of thought and action begin, the determination of individuals according to generic laws ends.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The basis of artistic creation is not what is, but what might be; not the real, but the possible. Artists create according to the same principles as nature, but they apply them to individual entities, while nature, to use a Goethean expression, thinks nothing of individual things. She is always building and destroying, because she wants to achieve perfection, not in the individual thing, but in the whole.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Intuition is the conscious experience - in pure spirit - of a purely spiritual content.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Anthroposophy does not want to impart knowledge. It seeks to awaken life.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Our task is to harvest from the mortal world fruits for the immortal.
― Rudolf Steiner

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If men had known how to permeate the soul with mathematics in the right way in the arithmetic lessons during these past years, we should not now have Bolshevism in Eastern Europe.
― Rudolf Steiner

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The student of mathematics must get rid of all arbitrary thinking and follow purely the demands of thought. In thinking in this way, the laws of the spiritual world flow into him. This regulated thinking leads to the most spiritual truths.
― Rudolf Steiner

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To understand the nature of love – that is to be a true Christian.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe.
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Not that which is inspires the creation, but that which may be; not the actual, but the possible.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When the human being sings he lends expression to the great wise ways in which the world was made.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Truth is a free creation of the human spirit, that never would exist at all if we did not generate it ourselves.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Our egoism gains nothing from acts of love, but the world gains all the more. Esotericism tells us that love is to the world what the Sun is for outer life. No soul could thrive if love departed from the world. Love is the “moral” Sun of the world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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There will be as much deceit and criminality in the world as there is lack of art.
― Rudolf Steiner

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All the great Founders of religions have been possessed of clairvoyant sight.
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Man is not a being who stands still, he is a being in the process of becoming. The more he enables himself to become, the more he fulfills his true mission.
― Rudolf Steiner

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In very ancient times of human evolution upon earth, humanity's revelation in word and sound was not differentiated in song and speech, but they were one.
― Rudolf Steiner

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It naturally elevates the soul to feel this intimate relationship to it's primal ground...A man then feels himself truly at home, and whenever he is lifted up through music he can say to himself: "Yes, you come from other worlds, and in music you can experience your native place."
― Rudolf Steiner

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The history of our spiritual life is a continuing search for the unity between ourselves and the world.
― Rudolf Steiner

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For every step in spiritual perception, three steps are to be taken in moral development.
― Rudolf Steiner

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We find the instrument for the Knowledge of God in ourselves But we find God everywhere.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Everyday something must be achieved inwardly.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Seek the truly practical life, but seek it in such a way that it does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but seek it not out of spiritual greed, but so that you may apply it in the genuinely practical life.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Just as an age was ready to receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our own age ready for the ideas of reincarnation and karma to be brought into the general consciousness of humanity. And what is destined to happen in the course of evolution will happen no matter what powers rise up against it.
― Rudolf Steiner

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When the past has taught us that we have more within us than we have ever used, our prayer is a cry to the divine to come to us and fill us with its power.
― Rudolf Steiner

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You catch a fairly young field-vole and flay it... We take the skin, when Venus stands in the sign of the scorpion, and combust the skin... Now take the ash, which you got this way, and pepper it out on the fields.
― Rudolf Steiner

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It is owing to our limitations that a thing appears to us as single and separate when in truth it is not a separate thing at all.
― Rudolf Steiner

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If we can simply distinguish between the different successive stages of evolution, it is possible to see primeval events within the earthly events of the present.
― Rudolf Steiner

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It is the death of present art when it returns again and again to the model. Use of the model is only an intermediate stage in artistic development. Create out of a living spirituality to overcome everything naturalistic.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Grateful for his mistakes, man should be the gods, because by overcoming the faults the stronger force is developed.
― Rudolf Steiner

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Again and again one can listen: this is my opinion, I think this or that... As if it matters, what one or the other thinks! The point is much more to what the truth is!
― Rudolf Steiner

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We differ from one another in our individual gifts which, however, belong to our inner nature.
― Rudolf Steiner

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People who are unable to use their hands skillfully for all kinds of work, will not become good thinkers and will behave awkwardly in life. It is not the head alone, but the whole human being that is a logician. Activities demanding manual and bodily skill, such as knitting, leads to the enhancement of the faculty of judgment. This faculty is actually developed least of all by exercises in logic.
― Rudolf Steiner

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For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is a healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature.
― Rudolf Steiner

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These fourteen phases from full moon to new also have their result, and for the Egyptian consciousness this result was achieved through Isis. These fourteen phases are ruled by Isis.
― Rudolf Steiner

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