Blessed the lifeless one who is quickened through My reviving breaths.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 16)
Every other Word of Bahá’u’lláh’s and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Writings is a preachment on moral and ethical conduct; all else is the form, the chalice, into which the pure e spirit must be poured; without the spirit and the action which must demonstrate it, it is a lifeless form.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 345)
Give ear unto this: Never shall mortal eye recognize the everlasting Beauty, nor the lifeless heart delight in aught but in the withered bloom. For like seeketh like, and taketh pleasure in the company of its kind.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 10)
Love gives life to the lifeless. Love lights a flame in the heart that is cold. Love brings hope to the hopeless and gladdens the hearts of the sorrowful.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 179)
The souls who bear the tests of God become the manifestations of great bounties; for the divine trials cause some souls to become entirely lifeless, while they cause the holy souls to ascend to the highest degree of love and solidity. They cause progress and they also cause retrogression.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 324)
The world … may, moreover, be likened unto the lifeless image of the beloved whom the lover hath sought and found, in the end, after long search and to his utmost regret, to be such as cannot “fatten nor appease his hunger.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 68)
They are even as dead and lifeless, except him whom thy Lord, the Almighty, the Unconstrained, hath willed to exempt. Such a one is indeed of those endued with knowledge in the sight of Him Who is the All-Knowing.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 76)
We are lifeless, and Thou art the great life-giving Spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 139)
Without the spirit the world of mankind is lifeless, and without this light the world of mankind is in utter darkness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 303)
… approach Me not with lifeless hearts, defiled with worldly desires and cravings.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 19)