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The Philokalia, volume 2
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain
A collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition.

1 "Prayer is converse with God, contemplation of the invisible,…a stimulus towards the divine, the assurance of things longed for, 'making real the things for which we hope' (Hebrews 11:1)." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

2 "The way of truth is love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

3 "All things seek the beautiful and good at every opportunity, and there is no being which does not participate in them. They extend to all that is." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

4 "Perfect love does not split up the single human nature, common to all, according to the diverse characteristics of individuals; but, fixing attention always on this single nature, it loves all equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

5 "Every man possesses that which is according to the image of God, 'for the gifts of God are irrevocable' (cf. Romans 11:29)." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

6 "The apostle gives us the following definition of faith: 'Faith makes real for us things hoped for, gives assurance of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1). One may also justly define it as an engrained blessing." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century of Various Texts'

7 "Love…will remain for all eternity, always increasing beyond all measure." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

8 "Love is distinguished by the beauty of recognizing the equal value of all." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century of Various Texts'

9 "The mystery of the incarnation of the Logos is the key to all the arcane symbolism and typology in the Scriptures, and in addition gives us knowledge of created things, both visible and intelligible. He who apprehends the mystery of the cross and the burial apprehends the inward essences of created things; while he who is initiated into the inexpressible power of the resurrection apprehends the purpose for which God first established everything." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

10 "Our task is to reject any thought that secretly vilifies a fellow being." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Fourth Century'

11 "Truly blessed is the man who seeks virtue and pursues it and inquires diligently into its nature, since it is through virtue that he approaches God and enters into spiritual communion with Him." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

12 "God Himself is the way, the door, the key and the kingdom….He enters by participation into all things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

13 "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."

14 "If we are made, as we are, in the image of God (cf. Genesis 1:27), let us become the image both of ourselves and of God…let us all become the image of the one whole God." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

15 "The principles or inner essences of all things are embraced by the Logos." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

16 "God is in an absolute sense one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

17 "God is one…possessing completely the total potentiality of being." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

18 "Those who seek the Lord should not look for Him outside themselves; on the contrary, they must seek Him within themselves through faith made manifest in action." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

19 "The centre of a circle is regarded as the indivisible source of all the radii extending from it;…pre-existing in God are all the inner essences of created things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

20 "The disposition which makes us capable of receiving divine blessings depends on ourselves." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

21 "The noetic and intelligent creature, man, has been made…in God's image and likeness (cf. Genesis 1:26)." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

22 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

23 "Corresponding to every divine gift, there is in us an appropriate and natural organ capable of receiving it – a kind of capacity, or intrinsic state or disposition." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

24 "St. John says: 'My children, let us love not in word or tongue, but in action and truth. And by this we know that we belong to the truth.' (1 John 3:18-19)" St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

25 "The single identical Spirit takes His different names from the different ways in which He acts on each person." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite