SUMMARY OF QUOTATIONS: BY AUTHOR AND LOCATION
Adept 8.93: mission of Theosophy is the working out of clear ethical ideas and duties, and their modeling into forms of daily life.
Adept 9.116: mission of Theosophy is the working out of clear ethical ideas and duties, and their modeling into forms of daily life.
Adept 10.128: your social life is based on a purely mechanical balance of individual powers and interests; the present gods are Might, Greed and Luck.
Adept 16.181: mission of Theosophy is the working out of clear ethical ideas and duties, and their modeling into forms of daily life.
mission of the TS is a laborious task, but it must lead you to
progress; success in this task shortens the distance between the
student and the Master.
Bacon 1.3: it would be madness and inconsistency to suppose that things
which have never yet been performed can be performed without
employing some hitherto untried means.
Besant 5.54: for the Masters the really important thing for the TS is this: to live and to teach Brotherhood.
Besant 7.60: out of these differences of age grow all the possibilities of an ordered and happy society.
Besant 8.98: Brotherhood in the State means duty and responsibility in harmony with age and capacity; out of these differences of age grow all the possibilities of an ordered and happy society.
Besant 10.119: Brotherhood is a law in nature; it will never become practical until men understand that it is a law, not an aspiration.
Besant 10.120: Brotherhood is a law, but very little known.
Besant 11.135: Brotherhood by no means implies what is called Equality; a social system based on equality is against natural law.
Besant 11.136: the souls are not equal; an equality of opportunities may be possible, but not of capacities; we should study the problem of how to place the best man in the seat of power.
Besant 12.139: Liberty can never descend upon a nation through the shouting of crowds, nor through the arguments of unbridled passion, nor through the hatred of class against class.
Besant 13.140: how to find the best man, that is the problem; to solve it we must realize the hopelessness of the present way of ruling – or not ruling.
Besant 13.142: we should apply the principles of reincarnation and karma to the social problems, then Brotherhood will solve many of the world problems.
Besant 13.147: it is thought that builds nations; that which the thinker conceives is worked out in social organization.
Besant 13.149: all are competent in their own local sphere, but not when it comes to issues of national and international importance.
Besant 13.150: who are our rulers now? On the one side King Purse, and King Mob on the other. Neither of those is a ruler who is likely to make this nation great.
Besant 14.159: the problem of the moment is how to find the best man, and then to place him in the seat of power; without this no happiness is possible for the State.
Besant 14.160: you will not solve the problems of the State until you realize the hopelessness of the present line of ruling – or not ruling – and accept the Ideal that the best should govern.
Besant 16.178: Brotherhood under the law of reincarnation and karma will solve many of the world problems in our time.
Besant 17.202: in those who are growing in the spiritual life; in those who
cannot be happy while others are miserable; in those whose meals are
rendered bitter by the starvation of the poor – in those will you
find the builders of the new civilization.
for classic Liberalism, with equality of rights there would be no
barriers to the general happiness.
Buddhism 7.76-77-78-79: quotations on Diversity.
Burnier 9.107: the great intellectual reform, which HPB foresaw, has still to take place.
Burnier 9.118: she quotes HPB on the need of a great intellectual reform; this reform has still to take place.
Burnier 10.125: the faith in religious tenets and commandments was eroded by the advent of modern education and the advancement of scientific knowledge.
Burnier 10.126: religious commandments, moral laws – all these faded into insignificance; the new “morality” is based on disbelief in a conscious or intelligent purpose behind the evolutionary process.
Burnier 14.155: the main world threats of today are ecological disaster and
politics are the engine by which social reforms are finally brought
about; guiding universal principles are also sadly lacking in
politics, and the effects of that lack are here more disastrously
Collins 4.29: the principle which gives life can be perceived by the man who desires perception.
Collins 4.36: there are three truths, which are absolute; the soul of man has
a future whose growth and splendor have no limit.
quotations on Diversity.
Christianity 7.65-66-67-68: quotations on Unity.
Christianity 7.80-81: quotations on Diversity.
Damodar 3.21: a general impression appears to prevail that the Society is a religious sect.
the TS gives the impression that it is a religious sect; Occultism,
one of its several Branches, should be a very discreet study, it is
for the few.
Duverger 13.151: they developed a structure resting upon very small groups: this admirable system has contributed more to the success of Communism than the Marxist doctrine.
Duverger 13.152: the Communist Party developed a remarkable organizational
efficiency; we can regret the application of the tool, but we have to
admire its technical perfection.
Ramos 14.156: the present problems are the results of modernization; they
call for a theoretical reform of great magnitude.
Hinduism 7.69-70: quotations on Unity.
Hinduism 7.84: quotation on Diversity.
Hobbes 11.132: human differences are insignificant.
Hobbes 11.133: Nature has made men so equal that no one can surpass another
Hodson 6.55: Unity is the source of all men; it is the supreme verity.
Hodson 6.58: Unity is the supreme verity; all are One.
Hodson 7.61: a long quotation describing the reality of the causal bodies
(the Higher Selves) of humanity.
HPB 2.4: orders received from India to establish the TS.
HPB 2.6: I could produce the same phenomena at will.
HPB 2.7: an attempt in consequence of orders received.
HPB 2.8: orders received from India to establish the TS.
HPB 3.9: Theosophy is ALTRUISM, brotherly love, etc.
HPB 3.11: without truth and justice there can be no Wisdom.
HPB 3.12: Wisdom and Truth are synonymous terms.
HPB 3.13: Theosophia is the Wisdom full of “good fruits”.
HPB 3.14: Occultism or Theosophy is the Great Renunciation of SELF.
HPB 3.16: for the spiritual evolution, purely intellectual growth is often more an impediment than help.
HPB 3.24: good deeds will be theosophy, whereas theories without any practical realization are at best philosophy.
HPB 3.25: Theosophia is the Wisdom possessed by the gods.
HPB 3.26: Theosophia carries the mind from the world of form into that of formless spirit.
HPB 4.30: dharma also means doctrine, creed, etc.
HPB 4.31: in the motto, dharma means religion or law.
HPB 4.33: “ancient” refers to man’s Higher Ego, and the length of days refers to the number of its reincarnations.
HPB 4.34: Theosophy is divine nature, the fixed eternal sun of truth.
HPB 4.35: these are the golden stairs up the steps of which the learner may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom.
HPB 5.37: our fundamental object is a Brotherhood of Theists and Atheists.
HPB 5.38: our general aim is Brotherhood, others are less prominent aims.
HPB 5.51: the TS is first of all a Universal Brotherhood.
HPB 5.52: this principle of Universal Brotherhood is little understood by the masses of mankind, it is the essence of both Buddhism and Christianity.
HPB 5.53: the TS is a body for the propagation of the idea of brotherhood on practical instead of theoretical lines.
HPB 7.64: when the law of reincarnation is rejected a big opprobrium is thrown upon their God.
HPB 7.90: the TS was organized on this one principle of Brotherhood.
HPB 8.99: humanity is a baby hardly out of its swaddling clothes.
HPB 8.100: the third Object is pursued only by a portion of our fellows; only a small minority has the ability to take up such studies.
HPB 8.101: in the vast majority the battle between altruism and selfishness rages fiercely.
HPB 8.102: few are the men who feel disposed to put altruism into practice.
HPB 8.103: there will never be a time when anything more than a small minority would devote themselves to the mighty task of self-conquest and spiritual evolution.
HPB 8.104: times change; human nature remains the same.
HPB 8.105: the spiritual development of humanity is the work of ages.
HPB 9.106: now is the time for a great intellectual reform.
HPB 9.110: our fundamental object is Universal Brotherhood.
HPB 9.113: on the decisive importance of the leaders of thought.
HPB 15.168: the TS is a body for the propagation of the idea of brotherhood on practical lines.
HPB 15.169: all our members have been bred and born in some creed or religion, all are more or less of their generation both physically and mentally, and consequently their judgment is but too likely to be warped and unconsciously biased by some or all of these influences.
HPB 16.176: it is only by comparative study that man can hope to arrive at the truth.
HPB 16.182: Karma and Reincarnation will alone prevent this drift towards materialism.
HPB 16.183: if Reincarnation and Karma (Hope and Responsibility) find a home in the new generations, then will dawn the day of joy for all that now suffer.
HPB 16.190: the Neoplatonic School of Alexandria is the paradigm proposed to the TS.
HPB 16.191: the aim of the second Object is to reconcile all religions and nations according to the eternal verities; the principle of analogy is important.
HPB 16.192: it is only by comparing the various great religions and philosophers with an unbiased mind that men can hope to arrive at the truth; it is important to note their various points of agreement.
HPB 17.195: every such attempt as the TS has hitherto ended in failure; the vitality of living truth alone can avoid a new failure.
HPB 17.197: the TS has one general, and several less prominent aims; the
earnest pursuit of occult science is limited to a very small faction
of the Society.
among mankind there are differences of elevation; if inner worth is
the criterion of external rank, then people acquiesce and order
reigns in society.
IBOPE 13.146: data from a survey on how the population sees the behavior of
Islam 7.71: quotation on Unity.
Islam 7.85: quotation on Diversity.
Jinarajadasa 5.39: certainly the most important Letter ever received.
Jinarajadasa 7.59: the Brotherhood of humanity is like the relation of brotherhood within a family; brothers are not all of the same age, though they are of the same parents.
Jinarajadasa 7.62: long quotation describing the Brotherhood of Humanity and the differences inherent in it.
Jinarajadasa 17.204: no attention has been paid by these who are supposed to be
aspiring to the highest spirituality to the conditions of poverty;
aspiration for spiritual realization today should be turned to
understanding what are the eternal principles of.justice.
Judaism 7.72-73: quotations on Unity.
Judaism 7.86-87: quotations on Diversity.
K.H. 3.15: intellect imbibes wrong far more easily than good.
K.H. 3.20: an institution which arrests the attention of the highest minds.
K.H. 5.43: the esoteric truths constitute a body of the highest practical spiritual importance for men; they have to be constructive of new institutions
K.H. 5.46: to spread among the foremost educated classes “Branches” of the T.S. as the harbingers of a Universal Brotherhood.
K.H. 5.47: the leading idea of the TS is Universal Brotherhood.
K.H. 5.48: the general plan and outward administration are related to Universal Brotherhood; it is a sine qua non condition for esoteric studies.
K.H. 5.49: Universal Brotherhood is the only secure foundation for universal morality.
K.H. 6.56: Universal Brotherhood is the only secure foundation for universal morality.
K.H. 6.57: the occult truths were given for their practical bearing on the interests of mankind; they have to be constructive of new institutions.
K.H. 8.97: human nature in general (prejudices, etc.) is the same now as it was a million years ago.
K.H. 9.108: humanity in the mass has a paramount claim upon us.
K.H. 9.111: the leading idea of the TS is Universal Brotherhood.
K.H. 9.114: ideas rule the world; it will be impossible to resist their influence.
K.H. 10.121: the lack of inspiration towards those regarded as inferior is due to the lack of a moral universal principle recognized as a LAW; this is the secret of the spiritual failure of this age; this is important to understand the TS as a Universal Brotherhood.
K.H. 10.122: the general plan and outward administration are related to Universal Brotherhood; it is a sine qua non condition for the esoteric studies; the TS as a Universal Brotherhood.
K.H. 10.123: the Chiefs want an institution known throughout the world, which would arrest the attention of the highest minds.
K.H. 10.124: the esoteric truths should be constructive of new institutions of a genuine, practical Brotherhood of Humanity.
K.H. 15.161: the esoteric truths are of the highest practical importance for the human problems; they should be constructive of new institutions.
K.H. 15.170: the general plan and outward administration of the TS are related to the Universal Brotherhood; it is a sine qua non condition for the esoteric studies.
K.H. 15.173: A.O. Hume, if he only holds on to his resolutions, has the work of a Founder of a new social era.
K.H. 15.174: A.O. Hume is unable to understand our ideas upon the Society as a Universal Brotherhood, and hence – turns away his face from it.
K.H. 15.175: A.O. Hume, our ex-friend, now entirely in the hands of the Brothers of the Shadow.
K.H. 16.177: The Chiefs want a Brotherhood of Humanity, an institution which would make itself known throughout the world, and arrest the attention of the highest minds.
K.H. 16.187: the spread of truth must be suited to the various stages of development of the individuals and of the country they inhabit and belong to.
K.H. 16.188: the esoteric doctrines are like a too powerful tonic which can kill as well as cure; and so have to be cautiously given out.
K.H. 16.189: discretion is important; the world's prejudices have to be conquered step by step, not in a rush.
K.H. 17.199: Sinnett was too much carried away with his enthusiasm for
occultism and mixed it up very imprudently with Universal
Keynes 10.127: we must pretend that fair is foul, for foul is useful and
fair is not; avarice, usury and precaution must be our gods a little
Krishnamurti 17.193: with the understanding of the outer, the inner movement begins, then only the inner movement has validity and significance.
Krishnamurti 17.205: with the understanding of the outer, the inner movement
begins; out of this movement there is a generosity and compassion
which is not the outcome of reason.
Leadbeater 8.91: the immense majority of the souls are but dreamily semiconscious and are not yet sufficiently definite to understand the laws of the evolution in which they are engaged.
Leadbeater 8.94: a long quotation on the causal bodies (or Higher Selves), where he defines the relative proportions of those more and those less evolved souls.
Leadbeater 8.95: some selected passages on the evolution of the Higher Selves (parts of the quotation 8.94).
Leadbeater 11.129: democracy is an experiment which was tried thousands of years
ago, and then abandoned in universal disgust as irrational and
M. 0.1: we never regard a friendly warning as a “threat”.
M. 0.2: it is the general misconception of the aims and objects of the Society that paralyses its progress – nothing else.
M. 3.17: Theosophy is not a painted house, it is an impregnable fort.
M. 5.44: the success of the founders has not equaled the hopes of their original backers (the Mahatmas), phenomenal as it has been in certain directions.
M. 5.45: it is the general misconception of the aims and objects of the Society that paralyses its progress; Theosophy may be an impregnable fort.
M. 15.171: A.O. Hume alone is capable of making the Society an efficient agent for good.
M. 15.172: A.O. Hume may benefit immensely some millions of his fellow men.
M. 17.203: they preach too much the Mahatmas and too little Brotherhood;
it is he alone who is capable of grasping the importance of a
regenerating practical Brotherhood who is entitled to the possession
of our secrets.
Macpherson 8.92: a political system must be coherent with the present ostensible
human capacities, otherwise it does not deserve much defense.
Maha-Choan 3.22: the esoteric doctrines should be inculcated gradually with direct inferences deduced from and corroborated by modern exact science.
Maha-Choan 3.27: Theosophy is a synonym of Liberation and enlightenment.
Maha-Choan 5.40: the present political systems have proved a failure; there should be preoccupation with the poor.
Maha-Choan 5.41: a wiser intermingling of the Alpha and the Omega of society was determined upon; there is the need of the soothing influence of a brotherhood.
Maha-Choan 5.42: the TS should not drop its noble title, that of Brotherhood of Humanity.
Maha-Choan 8.96: the decisive importance of the intellectual classes.
Maha-Choan 9.109: to be true, religion and philosophy must offer the solution of every problem, like the question of liberty and despotism; we should offer consistent solutions.
Maha-Choan 9.112: the decisive importance of the intellectual classes.
Maha-Choan 9.115: the bad condition of the world is conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies have ever possessed the truth.
Maha-Choan 9.117: the present political systems have now proved a failure.
Maha-Choan 15.165: in view of the ever increasing triumph of liberty, a more benevolent intermingling of the Alpha and the Omega of society was determined upon.
Maha-Choan 15.166: the present political systems have proved to be a failure; theosophists should be concerned about the conditions of the lower classes.
Maha-Choan 15.167: the TS should be a Brotherhood of Humanity.
Maha-Choan 16.186: it is necessary to inculcate the esoteric doctrines
gradually, with inferences from modern exact science.
that hunger and misery do not end is due only to the socio-political
disorder of the Planet.
Miller 3.18: theosophy is the living wisdom; but there is a terrible crippling of the mind.
Miller 17.200: if the regeneration had occurred on a wider scale, none of
the public would be able to accuse us of being “dead.”
Mosca 11.130: the absolute government (Leviathan) of Hobbes was the remedy to the natural state of homo homini lupus.
Mosca 11.131: John Locke starts from the homo
homini lupus of
Hobbes and creates the theory of the three fundamental powers.
Olcott 2.5: I am indebted to HPB for making me know of the existence of the Masters.
in the choice of the name for the Society Theosophy was conceived as
a synonym of esoteric truth.
Sanat 3.19: when someone believes or presents Theosophy to others as if it
were a series of fixed teachings he is likely to be doing a
disservice to the esoteric teaching.
Schumacher 11.137: the notion of a hierarchical order, of “Levels of Being,” is an indispensable instrument for understanding; we have been blinded by the great ideas of the XIX century.
Schumacher 14.154: the adherence to a set of ideas that are not true to reality
must inevitably lead to disaster.
Shintoism 7.74: quotation on Unity.
Shintoism 7.88: quotation on Diversity.
Sri Ram 4.32: “there is no Dharma” means “there is no doctrine.”
Sri Ram 5.50: “a Universal Fraternity’ was the main aim of the Mahatmas, from the beginning.
Sri Ram 7.63: it is not enough to realize our underlying brotherhood, it is important to understand the inequalities of outer development.
Sri Ram 13.143: the platonic axiom of matching function with capacity and qualifications is so unquestionably right that it cannot be ignored with impunity.
Sri Ram 13.144: politics, which involve the welfare of all, call for the best heads with a disinterested spirit.
Sri Ram 13.145: the problems of a country like India cannot be dealt with, as they should be, except by a wise understanding and distribution of political power.
Sri Ram 13.148: according to Annie Besant India should not adhere to the fetish of mass suffrage without any qualification whatsoever.
Sri Ram 14.157: politics, which involves the welfare of all, calls for the best heads with a disinterested spirit.
Sri Ram 14.158: the problems of a country like India cannot be dealt with, as they should be, except by a wise understanding and distribution of political power; how to discover those with the necessary capacities is the real question.
Sri Ram 15.162: mass suffrage without any qualification whatsoever is an error.
Sri Ram 15.163: long quotation with a description of a political system coherent with the principle or law of the Universal Brotherhood.
Sri Ram 15.164: India should evolve a new form of democracy.
Sri Ram 17.194: the Objects of the TS: Brotherhood and search for Truth.
Ram 17.196: he quotes HPB; the TS has two general Objects, and one
restricted Object; the third Object is restricted, only a very small
minority have the time, taste or ability to take up such delicate and
Taimni 3.23: there are a large number of people for whom it makes a great deal of difference how we contact their minds.
Taimni 3.28: Love, Wisdom and Bliss are names of the different aspects of the same state of Consciousness.
Taimni 16.179: the TS general aim is to change the thoughts and attitudes of people in the world, so that humanity may be able to take the next step in evolution.
Taimni 16.180: to be useful in the solution of the problems the ideas should be clear, precise and classified.
Taimni 16.184: the sudden impact of a new set of ideas confuses the average man.
Taimni 16.185: for many people it makes a great deal of difference how we
contact their mind; it is important to lead them from the known to
Taoism 7.75: quotation on Unity.
Taoism 7.89: quotation on Diversity.