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Spanning centuries, continents and cultures, this treasury of more than 2,000 religious and spiritual quotations brings together a remarkably diverse collection of more that 500 writers and their memorable words. Here one will find the spiritual masters, religious leaders, gurus, sadhus and wise men and women of every time, place and faith. Selections from the great organized religions of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism are presented side by side with words of wisdom from extraordinary individuals: Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed; Mother Theresa and Chief Seattle; Alan Watts and Ramana Maharshi; Emily Dickinson and Dorothy Parker; Krishnamurti and Lao-tzu. In addition to familiar names and sources, The Quotable Spirit includes much that will be new to most readers. Over a twenty-year period, the editors travelled to obscure libraries and spiritual centres throughout the world, gathering material written by authors and teachers thousands of years ago in remote kingdoms. The entry from the ancient Book of Nothing (more properly entitled hsin hsin ming - Discourses on the Faith Mind), written by the Third Zen Patriarch Sosan, came from a thin pamphlet tucked away in a mystical library at the heart of the Osho commune in Poona, India. Organised thematically into more than forty topics, from Angels and Beauty to Wisdom and World, The Quotable Spirit lists quotations chronologically and includes a brief notation of the author and source of each piece. A table of contents, alphabetically organised by theme and an expanded biographical index make this a practical, easy to use reference. Sure to be consulted again and again, this remarkable collection will be a welcome, cherished addition to every home library.