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Mechthild of Magdeburg

  • Prayer is naught else but a yearning of soul ... it draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up to the plenitude of God; it brings together these two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg,
    • 1260, in Lucy Menzies, ed., Mirror of the Holy ()
  • No one can burn the truth.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg,
    • 1260, in Frank J. Tobin, Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead ()
  • Those who would know much, and love little, will ever remain at but the beginning of a godly life.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg,
    • 1260, in Frank J. Tobin, Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead ()
  • I was created in love. For that reason nothing can express my beauty nor liberate me except love alone.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg
  • Stupidity is sufficient unto itself. Wisdom can never learn enough.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg
  • See there within the flesh / Like a bright wick, englazed / The soul God's finger lit / To give her liberty, / And joy and power and love.

    • Mechthild of Magdeburg,
    • "Love Flows from God" (c. 1250), in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()

Mechthild of Magdeburg, German mystic

(1210 - 1282)

Also seen as: Mechthild von Magdeburg.