Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Ernest Shurtleff Holmes

American Writer and Spiritual Teacher, Founder of a Spiritual movement known as Religious Science, a part of the New Thought movement, whose spiritual philosophy is known as "The Science of Mind"

"Why do we look old? Because we remember the weight of the burden of last year's experiences. There is no other reason. Instead of lifting our faces, we should discover that the thing to lift is our thought. It is the mind, not the physical body, which has the stamp of age and reflects it in the body."

"If we are to succeed, we must think success. If we are to be happy, we must think happily. If we are to be well, we must think healthful, constructive thoughts. If we are to get over confusion, we must think peace. The mind can never accept what it rejects."

"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it."

"Not failure, but low aim, is a crime."

"There is no such thing as your mind, my mind, and God’s Mind. There’s only Mind, in which we all “live and move and have our being.”"

"The soul needs a physical body here… but when… the body is no longer an adequate instrument through which the soul may function, it lays the present body aside and continues to function through a more subtle one."

"Borrowing knowledge of reality from all sources, taking the best from every study, Science of Mind brings together the highest enlightenment of the ages. "

"Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling, arising within the mind of the one praying. "

"Teach and practice, practice and teach - that is all we have; that is all we are good for; that is all we ever ought to do. "

"The universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To it, all things are possible."

"When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith."

"Each one of us is an outlet to God and an inlet to God."

"God gives some more than others because some accept more than others."

"I do not believe that God has imposed suffering upon anyone to punish them or to teach them a lesson."

"In principle the great religions of the world do not differ as much as they appear to."

"Practically the whole human race is hypnotized because it thinks what somebody else told it to think."

"The intellect is a cold thing and a merely intellectual idea will never stimulate thought in the same manner that a spiritual idea does."

"The road to freedom lies not through mysteries or occult performances, but through the intelligent use of natural forces and laws."

"The universe must exist for the self-expression of God and the delight of God."

"There is a power greater than you in the universe, and you can use it."

"There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was round that he was determined to prove it."

"To believe in a just law of cause and effect, carrying with it a punishment or a reward, is to believe in righteousness."

"We can no more do without spirituality than we can do without food, shelter, or clothing."