QUOTES JOHN OF THE CROSS

“Where there is no love, put love, and you will draw out love.”

“In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but on how well we have loved.”

“Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.”

“The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union.”

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

“To reach satisfaction in all desire its possession in nothing.”

“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass away: God never changes.”

“The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane. In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.”

“Do not forsake your own soul; for therein lies your greatest treasure.”

“In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but on how well we have loved.”

“The soul that gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept waiting.”

“Silence is God’s first language.”

“Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”

“Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw out love.”

“Wisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”

“My Lord, where are You? Where am I? You are You and I am I. What more do we need to know?”

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.”

“In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.”

“To reach satisfaction in all, desire satisfaction in nothing.”

“To live in darkness and in the shadow of death is to live to secure possession and visionary enjoyment.”

“God desires the least degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform.”

“In silence, God speaks.”

“I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.”

“Seek in reading and you will find in meditation; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.”

“Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it; reflect that all must come to an end.”

“O living flame of love that tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest center! Since now you are not oppressive, now perfect me.”

“Oh, that I might die in the current of love.”

“Endeavor to be inclined always: Not to the easiest, but to the most difficult; Not to the most delightful, but to the most distasteful; Not to the most gratifying, but to the least pleasant; Not to what means rest, but to hard work; Not to the consoling, but to the unconsoling; Not to the most, but to the least; Not to the highest and most precious, but to the lowest.

“When the soul is completely purified and illuminated according to God’s will, it is truly transformed in God.”

“Love transforms one into what one loves.”