Top 28 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Quotes

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.


Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things…as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.


He recognized with absolute certainty the empty fragility of even the noblest theorizings as compared with the definitive plenitude of the smallest fact grasped in its total, concrete reality.


Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.


It doesn’t matter if the water is cold or warm if you’re going to have to wade through it anyway.


You have told me, O God, to believe in hell. But you have forbidden me to think…of any man as damned


The most empowering relationships are those in which each partner lifts the other to a higher possession of their own being.


The most telling and profound way of describing the evolution of the universe would undoubtedly be to trace the evolution of love.


We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.


There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.


The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.


I am not a human being enjoying a spiritual life, I am a spiritual being enjoying a human life.


Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.


It is the destiny of things real to destroy those that are artifice.


We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate one another.


God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle – and my heart and thoughts.


The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of oneself to others.


It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though limits to our abilities do not exist.


Neither the Christian attitude of love for all mankind nor humane hopes for an organized society must cause us to forget that the ‘human stratum’ may not be homogeneous.


Love is a sacred reserve of energy it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.


A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an expectation and awareness of a Great Presence.


From a purely positivist point of view, man is the most mysterious and disconcerting of all the objects met with by science.


The pagan loves the earth in order to enjoy it and confine himself within it the Christian in order to make it purer and draw from it the strength to escape from it.


It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.


The profoundly ‘atomic’ character of the universe is visible in everyday experience, in raindrops and grains of sand, in the hosts of the living, and the multitude of stars; even in the ashes of the dead.


We have but one permanent home: heaven – that’s still the old truth that we always have to re-learn – and it’s only through the impact of sad experiences that we assimilate it.


The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.


Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.



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