Emanuel Swedenborg Quotes

Man knows that love is, but not what it is.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
They who have separated faith from love do not even know what faith is.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
A life of kindness is the primary meaning of divine worship.
Emanuel Swedenborg (New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine)
All religion relates to life, and the life of religion is to do good.
Emanuel Swedenborg (The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning)
Angels never attack, as infernal spirits do. Angels only ward off and defend.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
All in heaven take joy in sharing their delights and blessings with others.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Heaven and Hell)
Angels from the Lord lead and protect us every moment and every moment of every moment.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.
Emanuel Swedenborg
What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world when he becomes a spirit.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Divine Providence)
Heaven is not located on high, but where the good of love is, and this resides within a person, wherever he or she might be.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Heaven and Hell)
That honors and possessions are also bestowed by the devil, is known; because for that reason he is called the prince of the world. Now as it is unknown when honors and possessions are blessings, and when they are curses.
Emanuel Swedenborg
The truth is that the life of everyone, both of man, of spirit, and also of angel, flows in solely from the Lord, who is life itself; and diffuses itself through the whole heaven and also through hell, thus into everyone; and this in an order and series incomprehensible: but the life which flows in is received by each one according to his disposition.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
Be it known moreover that there is no wisdom which is not from love, thus from the Lord; nor any intelligence except from faith, thus also from the Lord; and that there is no good except from love, thus from the Lord; and no truth except from faith, thus from the Lord. What are not from love and faith, and thus from the Lord, are indeed called by these names, but they are spurious.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)
When someone's body can no longer perform its functions in the natural world in response to the thoughts and affections of its spirit (which it derives from the spiritual world), then we say that the individual has died. This happens when the lungs' breathing and the heart's systolic motion have ceased. The person, though, has not died at all. We are only separated from the physical nature that was useful to us in the world. The essential person is actually still alive. I say that the essential person is still alive because we are not people because of our bodies but because of our spirits. After all, it is the spirit within us that thinks, and thought and affection together make us the people we are. We can see, then, that when we die we simply move from one world into another. This is why in the inner meaning of the Bible, "death" means resurrection and a continuation of life.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Heaven and Hell)
Some people believe it is hard to lead the heaven-bound life that is called "spiritual" because they have heard that we need to renounce the world and give up the desires attributed to the body and the flesh and "live spiritually." All they understand by this is spurning worldly interests, especially concerns for money and prestige, going around in constant devout meditation about God, salvation, and eternal life, devoting their lives to prayer, and reading the Word and religious literature. They think this is renouncing the world and living for the spirit and not for the flesh. However, the actual case is quite different, as I have learned from an abundance of experience and conversation with angels. In fact, people who renounce the world and live for the spirit in this fashion take on a mournful life for themselves, a life that is not open to heavenly joy, since our life does remain with us [after death]. No, if we would accept heaven's life, we need by all means to live in the world and to participate in its duties and affairs. In this way, we accept a spiritual life by means of our moral and civic life; and there is no other way a spiritual life can be formed within us, no other way our spirits can be prepared for heaven. This is because living an inner life and not an outer life at the same time is like living in a house that has no foundation, that gradually either settles or develops gaping cracks or totters until it collapses.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Heaven and Hell)

Emanuel Swedenborg Biography

Emanuel Swedenborg portrait

Born: 1688
Died: 1772

Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, mystic, theologian and "prophet". He is best known for his visions of Jesus and for his influential esoteric ideas and writings that laid the foundation of his religion "Swedenborgianism".

Notable Works

Arcana Coelstia (Heavenly Secrets) (1756)
Heaven and Hell (1758)
Doctrine of the Lord (1763)

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