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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 ordered system in which each and all by the supreme Artist's skill are wrought together into a single whole yields a divinely musical harmony, sweet and true."

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

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, 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."

5 "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

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

7 "All things are full of God."

8 "The sky is moist and dry, cold and hot, bright and obscured by turns; these are the rapidly alternating forms included under the one ideal or universal form of the sky. The earth is ever passing through many changes of form; it generates produce, it nourishes the produce it has generated, it yields all manner of crops, with manifold differences of quality and quantity; and above all, it puts forth many sorts of trees, differing in the scent of their flowers and the taste of their fruits. Water takes different forms, now standing, and now running. Fire undergoes many changes, and assumes godlike forms;…they are like our mirrors, and reproduce the ideal or universal form in visible copies with rival brilliance."

9 "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

10 "The Lord manifests himself ungrudgingly throughout the universe; and you can behold God's image with your eyes, and lay hold on it with your hands."

11 "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."

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

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "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

17 "Be careful to remember him, the One who is all things, - him who is the creator of all things."

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

19 "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."

20 "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."

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

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite