madame-guyonBe so much the enemy of self as you desire to be the friend of God.

It is harder to die to our virtues than to our vices; but the one is just as necessary as the other for perfect union. Our attachments are the stronger as they are more spiritual.

Whenever we endeavor to bring about our own perfection, or that of others, by our own efforts, the result is simply imperfection.

No one will gain all without having lost all.

I was poor in the midst of riches, and ready to perish with hunger near a table plentifully spread and a continual feast. Oh, Beauty, ancient and new! Why have I known thee so late? Alas, I sought thee where thou wast not, and did not seek thee where thou wast…

God is greatly grieved at the lack of trust among His children. Yet He delights when we come to Him in simple, childlike confidence.

He that regards self only with horror, is beginning to be the delight of God.

The more we learn what humility is, the less we discover of it in ourselves.

It is only by the death of self that the soul can enter into Divine Truth, and understand in part what is the light that shineth in darkness.

Ah Lord! who seest the secrets of the heart, Thou knowest if I yet expect anything from myself, or if there be anything which I would refuse to Thee!

To take and receive all things not in ourselves, but in God, is the true and excellent way of dying to ourselves and living only to God.

All that I know is that God is infinitely holy, righteous and happy; that all goodness is in Him; and that, as to myself, I am a mere nothing.

I have learnt to love the darkness of sorrow; there you see the brightness of His face.

The harmlessness of the dove consists in not judging another; the wisdom of the serpent in distrusting ourselves.

I have never found any who prayed so well as those who had never been taught how. They who have no master in man, have one in the Holy Spirit.

Prayer is the key of perfection and of sovereign happiness; it is the efficacious means of getting rid of all vices and of acquiring all virtues; for the way to become perfect is to live in the presence of God.

He who has a pure heart will never cease to pray; and he who will be constant in prayer, shall know what it is to have a pure heart.

God does not contradict Himself. It is true that he who seeks God, yet is unwilling to forsake his sins, will not find Him.  But he who seeks God and forsakes sin will certainly find Him.

By the alternations of interior union and desertion, God sometimes makes us feel what He is, and sometimes gives us to perceive what we are. He does the latter to make us hate and die to ourselves, but the former to make us love Him, and to exalt us into union.

My earnest wish is to paint in true colors the goodness of God to me, and the depth of my own ingratitude.

He who has learned to seek nothing but the will of God, shall always find what he seeks.

I henceforth take Jesus Christ to be mine. I promise to receive Him as a husband to me. And I give myself to Him, unworthy though I am, to be His spouse. I ask of Him, in this marriage of spirit with spirit, that I may be of the same mind with Him — meek, pure, nothing in myself, and united in God’s will. And, pledged as I am to be His, I accept as part of my marriage portion, the temptations and sorrows, the crosses and the contempt which fell to Him.

I, being in the Bastille, said to Thee, O my God, If thou art pleased to render me a spectacle to men and angels, thy holy will be done! All I ask is that thou wilt be with and save those who love thee.

God allows suffering, but never allows wrong. I see clearly that it is His will that I should remain in prison and endure the pains which are connected with it; and I am entirely content that it should be so. I can never buy my liberty at the expense of sacrificing my daughter.