"The wide range of Swedenborg's mind over the known branches of science
is comparable only with that of Leonardo da Vinci".
Everyman's Encyclopaedia (Volume 11 p. 522)
On an index for Intelligence Quotients, 150 represents
"genius" level. Four people have been accredited with figures over 200:
Kim Ung-Yong (1963 - ), South Korea;
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873), U.K.,
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), Germany; and;
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772), Sweden
Guinness Book of Records (1973 Edition)
Emanuel Swedenborg is arguably the greatest Spiritual explorer of the Eighteenth Century. He enables us to understand why we were created, why we are alive and what happens to us when we die.
Many distinguished men and women from throughout the world have acknowledged the contribution made by Emanuel Swedenborg to further mankind's understanding of life
in all its dimensions. The tributes presented here demonstrate
his impact on every phase of modern life and thought - in the
arts, science, philosophy, religion and government. You can
read below quotations from the following well-known personalities:
(mostly in alphabetical order)
Dr Eben Alexander; William Blake; General William Booth; Jorge
Luis Borges; Rt. Rev. Phillips Brooks; Elizabeth Barrett Browning;
Thomas Carlyle; John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed); Samuel Taylor
Coleridge; Alfred Deakin; Arthur Conan Doyle; Ralph Waldo Emerson;
Amelita Galli-Curci; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Henry James,
Sr.; Carl Jung; Helen Keller; James Tyler Kent; Czeslaw Milosz;
Victor Nilsson; Dr. Norman Vincent Peale; Kenneth Ring; George
Ripley; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki; Johann
August Strindberg; John Greenleaf Whittier; Colin Wilson.
In addition to these famous people, many others are known to
have been influenced by him and a fuller list may be obtained
from the Swedenborg Association of Australia.
"Swedenborg was one of the world's great geniuses.
With his rare intellect and deep spiritual insight he has much
to contribute to our modern life".
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Author of The Power of Positive
"People who have had near-death experiences
peek through the door of the afterlife, but Swedenborg explored
the whole house."
Kenneth Ring, Author and Founder of the International
Association for Near Death Studies
"I acknowledge my profound indebtedness to Emanuel
Swedenborg for a richer interpretation of the Bible, and a deeper
understanding of Christianity, and a precious sense of the divine
presence in the world."
"Swedenborg's message has given colour and reality
and unity to my thought of the life to come; it has exalted my
ideas of love, truth, and usefulness; it has been my strongest
incitement to overcome my limitations".
Helen Keller, Blind, deaf American Author and Lecturer
"Swedenborg was the first modern scientist to treat heaven as a real place, and the first to try to map it."
Dr Eben Alexander, author of Map of Heaven and Proof of Heaven.
"Swedenborg's visions . . . are the foundation
for grand things."
William Blake, English Poet, Painter, and Engraver
"Continue to love me. Aye, let us love, as
God would have us love one another, and let us realise, on earth,
in spirit, what Swedenborg said when he saw in his vision in
heaven, that man and wife there were melted into one angel."
General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army
(in a published letter to his wife)
"Swedenborg . . . No one accepted life more
fully, no one investigated it with a passion so great, with
the same intellectual love, or with such impatience to learn
Jorge Luis Borges, South American Poet and Novelist
"I have the profoundest honour for the character
and work of Emanuel Swedenborg. I have from time to time gained
much from his writings".
Rt. Rev. Phillips Brooks, Episcopalian Minister (writer
of O Little Town of Bethlehem)
"To my mind the only light that has been
cast on the other life is found in Swedenborg's philosophy"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English Poet
"Swedenborg was a man of great and indisputable
cultivation, strong mathematical intellect, and the most pious,
seraphic turn of mind; a man beautiful, lovable and tragical
to me. More truths are confessed in Swedenborg's writings than
that of any other man. One of the loftiest minds in the realm
of mind. One of the spiritual suns that will shine brighter
as the years go on".
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist, historian, and moralist
Swedenborg's books: "Good news right fresh
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed
"As a moralist Swedenborg is above all praise".
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poet, philosopher, literary,
social and theological critic
"My salvation and inspiration come from philosophy
a little and religion a great deal, especially from the mystics
ancient or modern theosophical. With them my load is lifted
and I regain peace, courage, faith. Praise be to the God of
Jesus, ... of Swedenborg, of St. Paul."
Alfred Deakin, Australia's second Prime Minister
"The great Swedish seer Emanuel Swedenborg has
some claim to be the father of our new knowledge of supernal matters.
When the first rays of the rising sun of spiritual knowledge fell
upon the earth, they illuminated the greatest and highest human
mind before they shed their light on lesser men. That great mountain
peak of mentality was this great religious reformer."
Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer and creator of the
fictional detective Sherlock Holmes
"The most remarkable step in the religious history of recent
ages is that made by the genius of Swedenborg. These truths
passing out of his system into general circulation, are now
met with every day, qualifying the views and creeds of all churches,
and of men of no church."
Swedenborg is one of the missoriums and mastodons of
literature, not to be measured by whole colleges of ordinary
scholars. . . Swedenborg is systematic and respective of the
world in every sentence; a colossal soul who lies vast upon
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher
"To me, Swedenborg's literature is an explanation
of life - its meaning and purpose - which satisfies that something
within us which we already know is only appealed to by the truth."
Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian Soprano
"I am as much inclined as anyone to believe in a world beyond
the visible, and I have enough poetic and vital drive that even
my own constricted self expands to feel a Swedenborgian spirit
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and dramatist
(Author of Faust)
"Emanuel Swedenborg had the sanest and most
far-reaching intellect this age has known . . . He grasped with
clear and intellectual vision the seminal principles of things"
Henry James, Sr., American Philosopher
"I admire Swedenborg as a great scientist and
a great mystic at the same time. His life and work has always
been of great interest to me and I read about seven fat volumes
of his writings when I was a medical student".
Carl Jung, Swiss Psychologist and Psychoanalyst
"All my teaching is founded on that of Hahnemann
and of Swedenborg; their teachings correspond perfectly".
James Tyler Kent, nineteenth-century physician, writer
and proponent of modern day Homeopathy theory and practice.
"In the history of the rebellion of man against
God and the order of nature, Swedenborg stands out as a healer
who wanted to break the seals on the sacred books and thus make
the rebellion unnecessary".
Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Poet and Novelist; 1980 Nobel Prize
winner for literature.
"Emanuel Swedenborg was the most remarkable
man whom Sweden has ever brought forth . . . if the theological
works of Swedenborg at first were apt to discredit the results
of his manifold scientific research in the eyes of those who did
not share his theological views, the renown of the greatest religious
thinker in later times has outshone the fame of which, as the
versatile scholar and philosopher, he was so eminently worthy."
Victor Nilsson, Swedish Historian
"Emanuel Swedenborg: No single individual in
the world's history ever encompassed in himself so great a variety
of useful knowledge".
Ripley's Believe It or Not
"In a world in which the voice of conscience too
often seems still and small there is need of that spiritual leadership
of which Swedenborg was a particular example."
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President
"Theological revolutionary, traveler of heaven and
hell, . . . great king of the mystical realm, seer unique throughout
history, . . . clear-minded scientist, . . . all these make Swedenborg".
Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese philosopher and Buddhist
"Swedenborg has become my Virgil. Swedenborg's
work is one of enormous compass and he has answered all my questions,
however presumptuous they may have been. Disquiet soul, suffering
heart "Take up and read".
Johann August Strindberg, Novelist, dramatist, poet -
Sweden's greatest literary figure.
"His (Swedenborg's) revelations look through
all external and outward manifestations to inward realities; which
regard all objects in the world of sense only as the types and
symbols of the world of spirit; literally unmasking the universe
and laying bare the profoundest mysteries of life".
John Greenleaf Whittier, American Poet
"It must be acknowledged that there is something
very beautiful and healthy about the Swedenborgian Religion. The
feeling of breezy health is the basic reason for its enduring
Colin Wilson, English Philosopher and Writer