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1 "The slightest thing that happens takes place in accordance with nature and its reason." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

2 "Intellect (nous): the highest faculty in man, through which – provided he is purified – he knows God or the inner essences or principles of created things by means of direct apprehension or spiritual perception….it understands divine truth by means of immediate experience, intuition, or simple cognition. The intellect dwells in the depths of the soul; it constitutes the innermost aspect of the heart." The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

3 "Through his capacity for thinking, intelligence and logic, man can reason, deduce, enlarge or develop his consciousness." Healing Through Colour (Theo Gimbel)

4 "Intuition is the faculty of knowledge which results from instinct that is illumined by reason." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

5 "In the 'Timaeus' Plato discovered evidence of an ordering Mind in all things, and Aristotle emphasized the fact that all formed a rational whole interpenetrated by reason and unveiling its secrets to reason." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

6 "By natural reason man can know God with certanity, on the basis of his works." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

7 "Reason governs the world, and has consequently governed its history." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

8 “As St. Paul said and as true reason has said, the ordered arrangement of the whole visible realm makes known the invisible things of God.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

9 "From very many objects in the world enlightened reason may discover the infinity of God the Creator." A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

10 "We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart." Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician and theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

11 "The light of reason is a reflection of the light of the eternal law." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

12 “Great is God that he has given us hands, and power to swallow, and a belly, and the power to grow without knowing it, and to draw our breath in sleep. At every moment we ought to sing these praises and above all the greatest and divinest praise, that God gave us the faculty to comprehend these gifts and to use the way of reason.” Epictetus, Discourses I, xvi The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

13 "We all have a faculty or clarity called 'reason' that can correct our misperceptions and reactions. According to Eternal Laws, the very function of right reason is to correct error." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

14 "Reason is nothing other than the light of divine brightness reflected in the soul." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on the Psalms', 36, p. 279 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

15 "Cosmic reason operates within the soul of man." Dagobert Runes A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

16 "The part of mind where reason lies was dedicated, by your will in union with your Father's, to the undoing of insanity. Here was the Holy Spirit's purpose accepted and accomplished, both at once. Reason is alien to insanity….reason can serve to open doors you closed against it." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

17 "The mind of man, cleansed of secondary and merely temporal concerns, beholds with the radiance of a cleansed mirror a reflection of the rational mind of God. Reason puts you in touch with God….the mind of man cleared of its fallibilities is sufficiently capable of the knowledge of God. All people in the world are thus capable because all people in the world are capable of reason." The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

18 "Our reason is grounded in God, who is substantial nature." Revelations of Divine Love (Juliana of Norwich)

19 "Greek democracy was based on the idea that through enlightenment and reason each citizen would become capable of self-government and would make no moral errors." The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

20 "Epictetus taught that reason governed the world and was identical with God." Dagobert Runes A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

21 "And in all his works and in all things, man should consciously use his reason and always have a reasonable insight into himself, into his inner being, and grasp God within all things in the highest possible sense." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

22 "the whole world is the outward form of universal reason." Rumi, 'The Masnavi' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

23 "If we discover a complete unified theory of the universe, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God." Stephen Hawking (b. 1942) God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

24 "Reason has to do with finding the ground of being and the fundamental structuring of order of the universe." The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

25 "The imagination is a power that is, as it were, intellectual. Appetite and impulse are obedient to imagination and to reason." Plotinus, 'The Soul' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite