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

2 "God makes all things for himself; and all things are parts of God. And inasmuch as all things are parts of him, God is all things. Therefore, in making all things, God makes himself."

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

4 "It is God's Will that constitutes the existence of all things that are." Libellus IX:2

5 "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."

6 "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

7 "It is in God that nature has her being."

8 "Hearken ye with attentive mind. There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, and beside the unity of this one thing, there was nothing else in being. This mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own light and spirit….There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him; for He is Lord and Father of all, and all things are in Him and subject to Him."

9 "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."

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

11 "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."

12 "All things that come to pass by nature come to pass according to Providence, and there is no place destitute of Providence."

13 "God does not ignore man, but acknowledges him to the full, and wills to be acknowledged by him. And this alone, even the knowledge of God, is man's salvation; this is the ascent to Olympus; and by this alone can a soul become good." Libellus X:15a

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

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

17 "Man is a being of divine nature."

18 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one."

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

20 "The Good is the one thing which is the source of all things, and supplies all things at all times."

21 "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

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

23 "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."

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

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