Quotes on Pilgrimage

Regret is a pilgrimage back to the place where I was free to choose. Karen Russell

If you went to the headwaters of most rivers of the United States, you'd have a wonderful naturalistic hike or trek, but you wouldn't find a shrine there. At the headwaters of the rivers of India, they are pilgrimage places. Diana L. Eck

We are invited to make a pilgrimage - into the heart and life of God. Dallas Willard

I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth, Pope Benedict Xvi

To seek out beauty in our work is to make a pilgrimage of our labors, to understand that the consummation of work lies not only in what we have done, but who we have become while accomplishing the task. David Whyte

And may we find when ended is the page, Death but a tavern on our pilgrimage. John Masefield

[A] journey becomes a pilgrimage as we discover, day by day, that the distance traveled is less important than the experience gained. Ernest Kurtz

We have felt for some time that if political candidates or their staff are willing to make the pilgrimage to North Iowa, the least we can do is show hospitality. And it's also a wonderful way to get to know these people who make our political system work. Kurt Meyer

Life is a long pilgrimage from fear to love. Paulo Coelho

The soul passeth from form to form; and the mansions of her pilgrimage are manifold. Georg Hermes

There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine. Tori Amos

The Bible is a Perfect Map and Chart to the Christian on Pilgrimage Through the World. George Frederick Pentecost

Man is a substantial emigrant on a pilgrimage of being , and it is accordingly meaningless to set limits to what he is capable of being. Jose Ortega Y Gasset

I felt in need of a great pilgrimage, so I sat still for three days and God came to me. Kabir

The worth of my music will never be guessed or its value to mankind felt until the approach to it is consciously undertaken as a pilgrimage to sorrows. Percy Grainger

Pilgrimages are journeys to places of power. People sometimes make pilgrimages to the caves where Milarepa or other great yogis meditated. Frederick Lenz

Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness. Rumi

Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, whose entire pilgrimage is characterized by the spirit of repentance. R C Sproul

India is simply dotted with pilgrimage places, and with teachers and very powerful spiritual guides. Diana L. Eck

Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart. Abraham Joshua Heschel

Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East. Orderic Vitalis

No golfers journey is complete without a pilgrimage to St. Andrews, the mecca of the game. This is where it all began, back in the 15th and 16th centuries. Alex Shoumatoff

The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out an inner journey. The inner journey is the interpolation of the meanings and signs of the outer pilgrimage. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both. Thomas Merton

Did you see those Iraqis making that pilgrimage slashing their foreheads with knives and whipping their backs with chains. See, when Saddam Hussein was around they weren't allowed to make that pilgrimage. If they tried that with Saddam Hussein, he would have slashed their foreheads with knives and whipped their backs with chains. Jay Leno

I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. I laugh when I hear that people go on pilgrimage to find God. Kabir

Upon the demon-ridden pilgrimage of human life, what next I wonder. Iris Murdoch

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats. Paulo Coelho

It has been demonstrated that freemason - in an operative context - is a contraction of 'freestone mason'....The earliest printed use so far traced comes in The Pilgrimage of Perfection - usually attributed to William Bonde - printed in 1536 by Wynkyn de Worde. John Hamill

To me, photography is like a quest, or a pilgrimage, or a hunt. I love painting, I love music, but photography is what has allowed me to get outside of myself. Edouard Boubat

If the desert is holy, it is because it is a forgotten place that allows us to remember the sacred. Perhaps that is why every pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found. Terry Tempest Williams

Nature is, in fact, a suggester of uneasiness, a promoter of pilgrimages and of excursions of the fancy which never come to any satisfactory haven. Charles Dudley Warner

How far have we come in man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward light? Are we nearing the light-a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us? Dwight D Eisenhower

Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. W Somerset Maugham

The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation - to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life. Huston Smith

The graceful minuet-dance of fancy must give place to the toilsome, thorny pilgrimage of understanding. On the transition from the age of romance to that of science. Thomas Carlyle

Man hath a weary pilgrimage, As through the word he wends; On every stage, from youth to age, Still discontent attends. Robert Southey

This be my pilgrimage and goal Daily to march and find The secret phrases of the soul, The evangels of the mind. John Drinkwater

God's breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, George Herbert

Be kind to all beings, this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and donating money. Guru Nanak

We see in these swift and skillful travelers a symbol of our life, which seeks to be a pilgrimage and a passage on this earth for the way of heaven. Pope Paul Vi

As a writer I try to operate within a framework of Christian principles, and the words that are important to me are religious words: witness, pilgrimage, intention. William Zinsser

Pilgrimage is a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler. Phil Cousineau

The journey to sacred places is the most common way that people travel in India. They are always going on pilgrimages to sacred places. They are always undertaking spiritual journeys to visit the great shrines in the Himalayan tier of pilgrimage places; these places are called tirthas, a word that means "crossing place," a place where you can cross the river to the far shore but also cross over into another dimension of life. Cross over to heaven, in one sense it's used. Diana L. Eck

A PILGRIM IS A WANDERER WITH A PURPOSE. A pilgrimage can be to a place - that's the best known kind - but it can also be for a thing. Mine is for peace, and that is why I am a Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim

I have achieved the 'sacred' pilgrimage to Ktaadn MT - exceeding all my expectations so far that I am sort of helpless with words. I feel as if I have seen God for the first time, and find him so nonchalantly solemn. Marsden Hartley

In the darkness, who would answer for the color of a rose, Or the vestments of the May moth and the pilgrimage it goes? Nathalia Crane

This is the most joyful day that ever I saw in my pilgrimage on earth. Donald Cargill

We don't think about pilgrimage in this country. We don't think about meditation. The idea of taking a six-week walk is totally foreign to most Americans. But it's probably exactly what we need. Emilio Estevez

The hajj is one of the five essential practices of Islam; when they make the pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslims ritually act out the central principles of their faith. Karen Armstrong

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St. Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with a scout troop from my school. Abbe Pierre

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage. Michael Shermer

Are we no greater than the noise we make Along one blind atomic pilgrimage Whereon by crass chance billeted we go Because our brains and bones and cartilage Will have it so? Edwin Arlington Robinson

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats. Paulo Coelho

When I was 40, I wrote my first book, The Pilgrimage, and I said to myself, "why did it take so long for me to write this book?" Because my dream, since I was 10 years old, was to be a writer. I said, I have to revisit my life using a metaphor, and the metaphor was basically this boy that has a dream and has to go far away to realize that his dream is close to him. Paulo Coelho

Fullness to such a burden is That go on pilgrimage; Here little, and hereafter bliss, Is best from age to age. John Bunyan

I have transported many, thousands; and to all of them, my river has been nothing but an obstacle on their travels. They travelled to seek money and business, and for weddings, and on pilgrimages, and the river was obstructing their path, and the ferryman's job was to get them quickly across that obstacle. But for some among thousands, a few, four or five, the river has stopped being an obstacle, they have heard its voice, they have listened to it, and the river has become sacred to them, as it has become sacred to me. Hermann Hesse

Technologies of easy travel give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel! Transition being so facile, what can be any man's inducement to tarry in one spot? Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Negro and all things negroid had become a fad, and Harlem had become a shrine to which feverish pilgrimages were in order . . . Seventh Avenue was the gorge into which Harlem cliff dwellers crowded to promenade. Wallace Thurman

So important , indeed, is it (Light), and so much does it pervade with its influence the whole Masonic system, that Freemasonry itself anciently received, among other appellations, that of Lux, or Light, to signify that it is to be regarded as that sublime doctrine of Divine Truth by which the path of him who has attained it is to be illuminated in his pilgrimage of life. Albert Mackey

In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God. Saint Augustine

My turning point was my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It was then that I, who had dedicated most of my life to penetrate the 'secrets' of the universe, realized that there are no secrets. Life is and will always be a mystery. Paulo Coelho

Immigration is a kind of pilgrimage. That's the way I see it. Just to go back to the desert, biblical metaphors, that's the story of great migration right there, the Old Testament. Ruben Martinez

We thought of life by analogy with a journey, a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, and the thing was to get to that end, success or whatever it is, maybe heaven after you're dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played. Alan Watts

Hours are golden links, God's token Reaching heaven; but one by one Take them, lest the chain be broken Ere the pilgrimage be done. Adelaide Anne Procter

For in their hearts doth Nature stir them so Then people long on pilgrimage to go And palmers to be seeking foreign strands To distant shrines renowned in sundry lands. Geoffrey Chaucer

To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage. Samuel Johnson

Within my body are all the sacred places of the world, and the most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body. Saraha

Here in this body are the sacred rivers, here are the sun and moon, as well as the pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body Saraha

To pray is no small thing. It is nothing less than a sacred pilgrimage into the heart of the whole world. Wayne Muller

What is life? The joy of the blessed, the sorrow of the sad, and a search for death. And what is death? An inevitable happening, an uncertain pilgrimage, the tears of the living, the thief of man. Donna Woolfolk Cross

This field is so spacious that it were easy for a man to lose himself in it; and if I should spend all my pilgrimage in this walk, my time would sooner end than my way. Joseph Hall

When I began my pilgrimage I left the Los Angeles area without a cent, having faith that God would provide me with everything I needed. Although I have never asked for anything, God has provided me with everything along the way. Without ever asking for anything I've been supplied. Peace Pilgrim

Shorten my days thou canst with sullen sorrow, And pluck nights from me, but not lend a morrow; Thou canst help time to furrow me with age, But stop no wrinkle in his pilgrimage. William Shakespeare

The Christian life is a pilgrimage from earth to heaven, and our task is to take as many as possible with us as we make this journey. Warren W. Wiersbe

Much of my writing has taken the form of a pilgrimage: to sacred places that represent the best of America, to musicians and other artists who represent the best of their art. William Zinsser

What we choose to love is very important for what we love leads our eyes, ears, and hearts on a pilgrimage that shapes the texture of our lives. Wayne Muller

Life is a pilgrimage and if you don't play by the rules you don't find the Road to Damascus, you find the Crown of Thorns. Anita Brookner

This evening I wish to suggest that we Christians should accompany people on their pilgrimages. Specifically we should travel with people as they search for the good, the true and the beautiful. Timothy Radcliffe

People should have freedom in their pilgrimages and tours. They should come and visit historical monuments and sites - let's say the sites around Iran - where they can easily engage in wide- scale contacts with others. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A C Benson