Angelus Silesius, or Johannes Scheffler, was a religious poet from Silesia best known for “The Cherubic Wanderer” (1674).
Born in 1624, he initially served as a court physician but converted to Catholicism in 1653 after delving into mysticism.
Ordained a priest in 1661, he staunchly opposed Protestantism. His poetry, especially the 1657 collection, gained significant acclaim.
Separately, lyric poetry, rooted in ancient Greece, conveys personal emotions. Prominent in the Renaissance via sonnets from poets like Shakespeare, its prominence grew with Romantic poets.
By the 20th century, it became the dominant form in Western poetry.
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Best Angelus Silesius Quotes
Paradise is at your own center; unless you find it there, there is no way to enter. ~ Angelus Silesius.
God is a pure no-thing, concealed in now and here; the less you reach for him, the more he will appear. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Love is difficult, because loving is not enough: We must, like God, ourselves be Love. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Springtime is at hand. When will you ever bloom, if not here and now? ~ Angelus Silesius.
It isn’t bread that feeds you; it is life and the spirit that feed you through bread. ~ Angelus Silesius.
The rose does not have a why; it blossoms without reason, forgetful of self and oblivious to our vision. ~ Angelus Silesius.
The one awakened liberated sees all things as one unseparated. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Top Angelus Silesius Quotes
Don’t think that some tomorrow you’ll see God’s Light. You see it now or err in darkest night. ~ Angelus Silesius.
God does not care what good you did, but why you did it. He does not grade the fruit but probes the core and tests the root. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Three days: Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday, I know, Yet if the past were cancelled within the here and now And then the future hidden, I could regain that Day Which I, before I was, had lived in God ’s own way. ~ Angelus Silesius.
What is outside yourself does not convey much worth; Clothes do not make the man, the saddle not the horse. ~ Angelus Silesius.
We keep so busy talking we are so keen to act that we forget that in the heart lies all we need untapped, intact. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Nothing can throw thee into the infernal abyss so much as this detested word – heed well! – this mine and thine. ~ Angelus Silesius.
God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Popular Angelus Silesius Quotes
Christ could be born a thousand times in Bethlehem – but all in vain until He is born in me. Angelus Silesius.
The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul. ~ Angelus Silesius.
If in your heart you make a manger for his birth then God will once again become a child on earth. ~ Angelus Silesius.
If Christ were born in Bethlehem a thousand times and not in thee thyself; then art thou lost eternally. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Christ could be born a thousand times in Galilee – but all in vain until He is born in me. ~ Angelus Silesius.
I am like God and God like me. I am as large as God. He is as small as I. He cannot above me nor I beneath him be. ~ Angelus Silesius.
The Rose is without ‘why’ – she blooms because she blooms. ~ Angelus Silesius.
By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Do not seek God in outer space – Your heart is the only place in which to meet Him face to face. ~ Angelus Silesius.
The Rose which here on earth is now perceived by me, has blossomed thus in god from all eternity. ~ Angelus Silesius.
A rose is but a rose, it blooms because it blooms; it thinks not of itself, nor asks if it is seen. ~ Angelus Silesius.
The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Famous Angelus Silesius Quotes
O Man, as long as you exist, know, have, and cherish, You have not been delivered, believe me, of your burden. ~ Angelus Silesius.
God, being a great abyss, to men his depth reveals Who climb the highest peak of the eternal hills. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Saints do not die. It is their lot, To die while on this earth to all that God is not. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Thou laughest that a child cries o’er its broken doll;— The things o’er which thou mournest—are they not playthings all?“ ~ Angelus Silesius.
All heaven’s glory is within and so is hell’s fierce burning. You must yourself decide in which direction you are turning. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Unless you find paradise at your own center, there is not the smallest chance That you may enter. ~ Angelus Silesius.
Never in endless time will ring a sound as sweetly As when a human heart in God is tuned completely. ~ Angelus Silesius.