The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before
us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
Henry Knox Sherrill
Awake, thou wintry earth-- Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! Christ is risen.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
Unfortunately there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood.
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right...
Phillips Brooks, "An Easter Carol"
Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.
It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports
us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit
of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
The resurrection asserts a truth which is by no means always written legibly for all men on
the face of nature. It tells us that the spiritual is higher than the material; that in this universe spirit counts for more than matter.
He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
Alice Freeman Palmer
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul -
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise."
Richard Le Gallienne
Dante Alighieri was the greatest of Italian poets, and, many readers think, one of the greatest poets that Western civilization has produced.
He wrote the epic work Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) in dialect Italian. Divina Commedia represented the cosmology and
cosmogony of Dante's day. Dante also wrote De Monarchia, a treatise on political science. He believed that the purpose of government
was to preserve peace and the best form was a world monarchy. According to his concept, universe was a perfect, hierarchal, intelligible cosmos.
And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people.
~ Leo Tolstoy
Nature never breaks her own laws.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson