We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, philosopher
Le Phénomène Humain [The Phenomenon of Man] (1955)

Sometimes paraphrased: "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

Both the quote and paraphrase are sometimes misattributed  to Wayne Dyer and Stephen Covey, who use them in their works.

Added on 11-May-10 | Last updated 11-May-10
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