Friends Spirituality


If contemplation, which introduces us to the very heart of creation, does not in flame us with such love that it gives us, together with deep joy, the understanding of the infinite misery of the world, it is a vain kind of contemplation; it is the contemplation of a false God. The sign of true contemplation is charity.

Marius Grout
French Quaker



The society of Friends is perhaps the most remarkable demonstration in history of the availability of mystical experience to groups of open but otherwise ordinary people.

John Ferguson
The Encyclopedia of Mysticism


If you would know God, and worship and serve God as you should do, you must come to the means He has ordained and given for that purpose.

Some seek it in books, some in learned men, but what they look for is in themselves, yet they overlook it. The voice is too still, the Seed to small, and the Light shineth in darkness.

They are abroad and so cannot divide the spoil; but the woman that lost her silver found it at home after she and you shall find what Pilate wanted to know, viz., Truth.

The Light of Christ within, who is the Light of the world, and all that take heed unto it out of darkness into God's marvelous light; for light grows upon the obedient.


William Penn (1694)