Incense has been cherished by many different kinds of people around the world and throughout time. Often times different regions will use incense in different ways and may therefor have unique views on the topic. Such people include Rumi, Prem Prakesh, Tommy Hilfiger, David Bowie, The Bible, Zicheng Hong, and more.
Some of these old quotes have stood the test of time and are still available for us all to enjoy.
This will be a maintained list of incense quotes from various people around the world:
We had incense and rock’n’roll posters, and we sold records and rolling papers. People could just, like, hang out. We had a cool vibe going. ~ Tommy Hilfiger
“Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. “When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. “You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering, and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it. ~ Exodus 30:7-9
“When the mind is possessed of reality, it feels tranquil and joyous even without music or song, and it produces a pure fragrance even without incense or tea.“ ~ Zicheng Hong
“At the end of our lives we hope we will look back and, like an incense stick completely burned away, will have poured forth all our fragrance into the world.“ ~ Prem Prakash
“Light the incense! You have to burn to be fragrant.“ ~ Rumi
“I acknowledge the four elements. Water in the North; incense to recognize the air in the East; flowers for the earth in the South; a candle for light from the West. It helps me keep perspective.“ ~ Laura Esquivel
“I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.“ ~ David Bowie
There are lots of things to like about being Eastern Orthodox – incense, liturgies, all the baklava you can eat – but you know what I like best? None of that stupid ‘women’s ministry’ stuff. ~ Frederica Mathewes-Green
This article was updated on 07/31/2020.