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Biography of

William Quan Judge


William Quan Judge

(1851 - 1896)



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Selection of W Q Judge’s Writings


Remember that life is the outcome of the Ever-Living. If you have come to comprehend a little of the mystery of life, and can value its attractions according to their worth; these are no reasons why you should walk forth with solemn countenance to blight the enjoyments of other men. Life to them is as real, as the mystery is to you. Their time will come as yours has, so hasten it for them, if you can, by making life brighter, more joyous, better." --from Musings On The True Theosophist's Path

William Q. Judge was born in Dublin, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old. At age 21, he became a naturalized citizen. That same year he passed the New York state bar exam. As an attorney, he specialized in commercial law.

In 1874, Judge met Col. H. S. Olcott and, through him, H.P. Blavatsky. The following year the three were instrumental in founding the Theosophical Society. Following the publication of HPB's book, Isis Unveiled (1877), HPB and Olcott went to India to establish the TS there, leaving Judge to carry on the work in the United States. They corresponded regularly and Judge visited India in 1884. After his return he started a monthly magazine, The Path. He wrote many articles which continue to help the theosophical student. His book, The Ocean of Theosophy, is a standard class text. And his rendition of The Bhagavad-Gita is an invaluable devotional book. HPB repeatedly expressed confidence in Judge and gratitude for all of his work.




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