Manly P. Hall Quotes

Philosophy is the science of estimating values.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
Let us watch these mighty ones as they pass silently by.
Manly P. Hall (The Initiates of the Flame, 1922)
Love is an experience of consciousness, an experience in the soul of man.
Manly P. Hall (Lecture, 1983)
Man's status in the natural world is determined, therefore, by the quality of his thinking.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
If the infinite had not desired man to be wise, he would not have bestowed upon him the faculty of knowing.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
They wander in darkness seeking light, failing to realize that the light is in the heart of the darkness
Manly P. Hall (The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, 1923)
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
“To those capable of seeing the light of these spiritual orbs, there is no darkness, for they dwell in the presence of limitless light and at midnight see the sun shining under their feet.
Manly P. Hall (Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire: A Treatise in Three Parts, 1927)
Though the modern world may know a million secrets, the ancient world knew one - and that was greater than the million; for the million secrets breed death, disaster, sorrow, selfishness, lust, and avarice, but the one secret confers life, light, and truth.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
The adoration of the sun was one of the earliest and most natural forms of religious expression. Complex modern theologies are merely involvements and amplifications of this simple aboriginal belief. The primitive mind, recognizing the beneficent power of the solar orb, adored it as the proxy of the Supreme Deity.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
Esoterically, the Hanged Man is the human spirit which is suspended from heaven by a single thread. Wisdom, not death, is the reward for this voluntary sacrifice during which the human soul, suspended above the world of illusion, and meditating upon its unreality, is rewarded by the achievement of self-realization.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928)
What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship? The bonds and ties of the life we know break easily, but through eternity one bond remains — the bond of fellowship — the fellowship of atoms, of star dust in its endless flight, of suns and worlds, of gods and men. The clasped hands of comradeship unite in a bond eternal — the fellowship of spirit.
Manly P. Hall (The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, 1923)
We can only escape from the world by outgrowing the world. Death may take man out of the world but only wisdom can take the world out of the man. As long as the human being is obsessed by worldliness, he will suffer from the Karmic consequences of false allegiances. When however, worldliness is transmuted into Spiritual Integrity he is free, even though he still dwells physically among worldly things.
Manly P. Hall (Horizon Magazine - Philosophical Research Soceity Inc, 1949)
The alchemical tradition assumes that every physical art or science is a body of knowledge which exists only because it is ensouled by invisible powers and processes. Physical chemistry, as it is practiced in the modern world, is concerned principally with pharmaceutical or industrial research projects. It is confined within the boundaries of an all-pervading materialism, which binds labor to the advancement of physical objectives.
Manly P. Hall (Meditation Symbols in Eastern & Western Mysticism, 1988)
The great materialistic progress which we have venerated for so long is on the verge of bankruptcy. We can no longer believe that we are born into this world to accumulate wealth and abandon ourselves to mortal pleasures. We see the dangers and realize that we have been exploited for centuries. We were told the twentieth century was the most progressive that the world has ever known, but unfortunately the progression was in the direction of self-destruction.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Later Version Preface)
Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries; in fact it is the language not only of mysticism and philosophy but of all Nature, for every law and power active in universal procedure is manifested to the limited sense perceptions of man through the medium of symbol. Every form existing the diversified sphere of being is symbolic of the divine activity by which it is produced. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language.
Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Introduction, 1928)
Light is not only sacred because it dispels the darkness in which lurk all the enemies of human life. It is also sacred because it is the vehicle of life. This is evidenced by the effect of sunlight upon plant, animal, and human life. Light is also the vehicle of color, the coloring matter of all earthly things being imparted from the sun. It is the vehicle of heat, and according to the wisdom of antiquity, it carries the sperm of all things from the sun. Through light also pass the impulses from the Grand Man. According to the Mysteries, God controls His universe by means of impulses of intelligence which He projects through streamers of visible or invisible light. This light serves the universe in a capacity somewhat similar to that in which the nervous system serves the body.
Manly P. Hall (Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire: A Treatise in Three Parts, 1927)
The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth. All true Masons know that they only are heathen who, having great ideals, do not live up to them. They know that all religions are but one story told in divers ways for peoples whose ideals differ but whose great purpose is in harmony with Masonic ideals. North, east, south and west stretch the diversities of human thought, and while the ideals of man apparently differ, when all is said and the crystallization of form with its false concepts is swept away, one basic truth remains: all existing things are Temple Builders, laboring for a single end. No true Mason can be narrow, for his Lodge is the divine expression of all broadness. There is no place for little minds in a great work.
Manly P. Hall (The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, 1923)

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Born: 1901
Died: 1990

Manly P. Hall was a Canadian author, mystic and philosopher. He is best known today for his various books and lectures on esoteric subjects, such as mysticism, astrology, ancient civilisations, the occult etc..

Notable Works

The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
Meditation Symbols in Eastern & Western Mysticism (1988)

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"Before our globe had become egg-shaped or round it was a long trail of cosmic dust or fire-mist, moving and writhing like a serpent. This, say the explanations, was the Spirit of God moving on the chaos until its breath had incubated cosmic matter and made it assume the annular shape of a serpent with its tail in its month--emblem of eternity in its spiritual and of our world in its physical sense."
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