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Hermetica
Walter Scott, translator
The ancient Greek and Latin writings which contain religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus. From the Introduction: "If one were to try to sum up the Hermetic teaching in one sentence, I can think of none that would serve the purpose better than the sentence, 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.'"

1 "The Kosmos is made by God and contained in God….It is God that is the author of all, and encompasses all, and knits all things together."

2 "The Kosmos moves within the very life of eternity, and is contained in that very eternity whence all life issues."

3 "God is all things; from him are all things; and all things are dependent on his will, and on his inimitable wisdom."

4 "God made a law by which he ordained that all the souls alike should be everlasting, inasmuch as they were all made of one substance."

5 "The mind in us…penetrates all things."

6 "All individuals are united to the whole; so that we see that the whole is one, and of the one are all things."

7 "Man is a being of divine nature."

8 "All these souls which shift about from place to place throughout the Kosmos are, so to speak, parted off and portioned out from one soul, even the soul of the universe."

9 "There is nothing that comes to be or has come to be, in which God is not."

10 "God is the Maker of all things, and makes all things like to himself."

11 "There is not, and has never been, and never will be in the Kosmos anything that is dead. For it was the Father's will that the Kosmos, as long as it exists, should be a living being." Libellus XII:15b

12 "God is of one nature with the Good."

13 "All things are linked together, and connected one with another in a chain extending from the lowest to the highest; so that we see that they are not many, or rather, that all are one. For inasmuch as all things hang on the One and flow from the One, we think indeed that they are many when we look at them apart, but when we regard them as united, we hold them to be one." Asclepius III:19c

14 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9

15 "The Justice that rules on high knows how to assign to each his due

16 "It is manifest that the Maker is one; for soul is one, and life is one, and matter is one."

17 "God is the first of all things, and the universe is divine, and nature is divine."

18 "Then God will look on that which has come to pass and will stay the disorder by the counterworking of his will, which is the good. He will call back to the right path those who have gone astray; he will cleanse the world from evil, now washing it away with waterfloods, now burning it out with fiercest fire, or again expelling it by war and pestilence. And thus he will bring back his world to its former aspect, so that the Kosmos will once more be deemed worthy of worship and wondering reverence, and God, the maker and restorer of the mighty fabric, will be adored by the men of that day with unceasing hymns of praise and blessing. Such is the new birth of the Kosmos; it is a making again of all things good, a holy and awe-striking restoration of all nature; and it is wrought in the process of time by the eternal will of God." Asclepius III

19 "The Kosmos is ever one, and is a living and ever-living being."

20 "All things are full of God."

21 "From God and in God and through God are all things, - all the various and multiform qualities, the vast and measureless magnitudes, and the forms of every aspect."

22 "Whether he of whom I speak be called God, or Father, or Master of all, whatever be the name which we name him to convey our meaning in our talk with one another, it is for men to hallow the name with a higher sanctity by contemplation of his supreme divinity."

23 "It is not difficult to contemplate God in thought, or even, if you will, to see him. Look at the order of the Kosmos; look at…the providence shown in things that have been, and in things that come to be; look at matter filled to the full with life, and see this great god in movement, with all things that are contained in him."

24 "God is the All; and there is nothing that is not included in the All. Hence there is neither magnitude nor place nor quality nor shape nor time beside God; for God is all, and the All permeates all things."

25 "Man has been made by God in the image of God. God has fashioned with consummate skill each member of [the human] body; every one of the members is perfectly adapted both for use and for beauty."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite