It is said that when Buddha returned to his home city after his philosophic enlightenment, the whole city came forth to meet him, his wife and son also, all to honor him as a great teacher. The city gates were opened and the Prince and King came forth to meet him, but Buddha did not arrive. When they looked for him they discovered he had entered through the back door and had gone to his house without seeing anyone.
Hall, Manly P. "The Coming World Religion." Horizon (Spring 1945)
In a walk along the shores of the sea you observe a highly intricate sea shell. The little creature that made the shell is gone, but the shell is still there as a geometrical pattern. It is now the habit of man, like the hermit crab, to live in the shell of some other creature. The original design for our humanity is much like the shell; those that originally formed it are no longer here, but the shell remains; and the shell is our world's structure of life—as a permanent, psychological factor bearing witness to the ladder of emergence resting in beginnings.
Hall, Manly P. "Minorities and the Problem of Races." Horizon (Summer 1945)
The universe itself is incomplete. It is growing upward in space through time toward eternity, and that magnificent vision is the thing that makes life significant beyond any so-called practical considerations that may obsess us at any given moment.
Hall, Manly P. "Learned from Experience." Horizon (Fall 1945)
Those who think things through are profoundly concerned with the challenge presented by this extraordinary discovery [the atomic bomb] and the probable consequences. To meet such conditions arising in our world we must try to adopt the philosophical attitude and avoid unreasonable conclusions. In connection with the menace of the bomb, I think we can take some solace in the thoughts of Emerson. On one occasion during a world-end scare, (they arise periodically) someone in considerable panic approached Emerson and said, "Dr. Emerson, what will you do if the world ends?" Emerson thought for a moment and said, "Well, there is only one thing I can do, that is learn to get along without it."
Hall, Manly P. "Karmic Consequences of the Atomic Bomb." Horizon (Winter 1945)