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Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

~ Aristotle

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· hope · youth

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.

~ Marcus Aurelius

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· life · living in the moment

Whatever begins, also ends.

~ Seneca

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· life · philosophy

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.

~ Sophocles

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· love · philosophy

 The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

~ Socrates

Link: Wisdom Quotes - Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· wisdom · philosophy

 Wisdom begins in wonder.

~ Socrates

Link: Wisdom Quotes - Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· wisdom · philosophy

 Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

~ Democritus

Link: Inspirational Quotes - Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· happiness · soul · philosophy

 Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: Inspirational Quotes - Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· inner resources · philosophy

We ask, then, for peace for the gods of our fathers and of our country. It is just that all worship should be considered as one. We look on the same stars, the sky is common, the same world surrounds us. What difference does it make by what pains each seeks the truth? We cannot attain to so great a secret by one road. 

~ Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

Link: dance of the elements

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· Pagan · interfaith · tolerance · multiple perspectives

The Ten Commandments of Solon

  1. Trust good character more than promises.
  2. Do not speak falsely.
  3. Do good things.
  4. Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
  5. Learn to obey before you command.
  6. When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
  7. Make reason your supreme commander.
  8. Do not associate with people who do bad things.
  9. Honour the gods.
  10. Have regard for your parents. 

~ Solon (quoted in Diogenes Laertius,

Link: Secular Web

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· philosophy · ethics · morals · reason · the good life

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. 

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: BrainyQuote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· hope · philosophy

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. 

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: BrainyQuote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· truth · multiple perspectives

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. 

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: BrainyQuote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· harmony · interconnectedness

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. 

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: BrainyQuote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· sexuality · music · prayer

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. 

~ Marcus Aurelius

Link: BrainyQuote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Ancient paganism/polytheism

· life · philosophy · awareness

Prayer

Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So, a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.

Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth
enters our hearts, that small familiar pain;
then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth
in the distant Latin chanting of a train.

Pray for us now. Grade 1 piano scales
console the lodger looking out across
a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls
a child's name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside, the radio's prayer -
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

by Carol Ann Duffy

Category: Poetry

Tradition: Atheist spirituality

· prayer · poetry · poem · Carol Ann Duffy · atheism · agnosticism · agnostic · atheist · spirituality · Shipping Forecast

A secular liturgy

Crafted by no hand,
Self-designed,
Beyond all explanation;
The nameless will satisfy
Its laws and its exceptions.

Appearance and appetite,
Love and gravity,
Play under an endless sky.
Coalesce, divide, return,
Confound and amplify.

What can be established here?
What consolation, rest, or measure?
A view is taken, broken, taken,
Secured, then broken, taken.

Desire compels the world,
All scales, dimensions,
Matrices: shaped and carved
Precisely, mathematically incised.

Seekers suppose the pattern hides
In arcane details, an
Impenetrable microcosm.
Yet the supreme equation
Lies on the surface,
Coiling perfection on perfection.

The embrace suffices
All purposes, intents, and
Pins the participant to the act;
Couples motive and result
In heedless elegance.

Slipping sense or reasonable rhyme,
Unconcerned to balance or redress,
The tale spins out its tellers.
Each confabulates, in dialect
A song to fit the rest.

by Naturalism.org

Link: Naturalism.org

Category: Poetry

Tradition: Atheist spirituality

· poem · poetry · secular · humanist · liturgy · naturalism · atheism · agnostic · atheist · universe

Atheist Prayer

 Our Powers that are within,
Whatever be their name.
What they have done, what still may come,
This Earth can yet be as Heaven.
Live then this day, and without dread,
And forgive your own trespasses
As you forgive those who trespass against you.
And be not led into temptation,
But flee away from evil,
For Time is the Healer,
With power to restore me,
Forever and ever, Amen.

by Richard Packham

Link: Richard Packham

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Atheist spirituality

· prayer · poem · poetry · atheist · atheism · life

 I think we often look too far away for gods and miracles, and ignore the ones all around us. We want to think that we, as a species, are different, that somehow we are endowed by god(s) to do whatever the hell we please with this world. But the world was not created for us (if it was 'created' at all). It exists FOR ITS OWN SAKE, not as a proving ground for future gods or a stage for a cosmic struggle between good or evil, or a playground that one species is meant to use as its personal possession. It is vaster by far, and wilder, and more beautiful than that. There is an elegance in the life cycle of salamanders, of diatoms, of trees, of beetles. In a growing embryo there is more complexity and beauty and holiness than in ten thousand thousand hymns of praise or prayers for sanctification. If you listen, every organism, every species, every cell has its own song, a hymn of praise and holiness more deep and fierce and beautiful than we can even comprehend. And, here is the clincher, the priceless gift of the cosmos. WE ARE PART OF IT! We BELONG here....we are not strangers or sojourners, or even "spiritual beings having an earthly experience." We belong HERE, with our siblings, our relatives, our parents -- the birds of the air and the fish of the sea and the plants of the earth. We are they, and they are us. Each atom in our body is on loan to us from the world, and each atom has been part of innumerable organisms, and will be again. We have been the diatoms. We have been the tulips and the polar bears and the lemurs and the ants and the grass. And we will be the deer and the tiger and the wheat and the E. coli and the penguin. We belong to the system, tangled beyond extrication with every other living thing. Isn't this enough holiness and beauty for all of us? The gods of this earth live in the mitochondria, genes, synaptic gaps of our body. And they live in the grasslands, the deserts, the rivers, the mountains. We are they, and they are us. You are god and gods and parts of gods. We are descended from gods and give birth to gods. They are us, and we are they. We live in a world filled to brimming with gods, and yet we still look beyond the clouds, beyond the stars, beyond ourselves, for a cosmic Easter Bunny who can make all our little dreams come true, when, in reality, we carry the kingdom of heaven within us every moment. It is there, peopled with enzymes and nucleic acids and glycolipids and ionophores. And, although it is within us, we are part of it as well. Heaven is here. The gods are among us.

~ Melissa Hardy

Link: Richard Packham

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Atheist spirituality

· Earth · Gaia · eco-spirituality · ecology · Nature · Naturalism · spirituality · holiness · sacred

Naturalist spirituality

 Although naturalism may at first seem an unlikely basis for spirituality, a naturalistic vision of ourselves and the world can inspire and inform spiritual experience. Naturalism understands such experience as psychological states constituted by the activity of our brains, but this doesn't lessen the appeal of such experience, or render it less profound. Appreciating the fact of our complete inclusion in nature can generate feelings of connection and meaning that rival those offered by traditional religions, and those feelings reflect the empirical reality of our being at home in the cosmos.

Link: Naturalism

Category: Recommended articles

Tradition: Atheist spirituality

· atheist · spirituality · philosophy · morality · ethics · Nature · naturalism

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