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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 "God embraces in unity the spiritual knowledge of all created things, providentially permeating all things with His power, and vivifying their inner essences in accordance with their nature." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

2 "The principle of that wisdom which is revealed to all [is] that we should know and praise God through His creation and that by means of the visible world we should understand whence we came, what we are, for what purpose we were made and where we are going." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

3 "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'

4 "The treasures of wisdom truly are within us." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

5 "The Creator provides for all creation, down to the least of living things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

6 "Love restores the soul to health." 'A Discourse on Abba Philimon'

7 "Heart (kardia): not simply the physical organ but the spiritual centre of man's being, man as made in the image of God, his deepest and truest self, or the inner shrine…in which the mystery of the union between the divine and the human is consummated."

8 "When you have come to know yourself, you will understand many great and wonderful things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

9 "God, who gave being to all that is, at the same time unites all things together in His providence." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'First Century'

10 "Love unites those who have been divided and is able to create a single identity of will and purpose, free from faction, among many or among all; for the property of love is to produce a single will and purpose in those who seek what pertains to it." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

11 "It is God's will that moves all things, brings all things into existence, sustains them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

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

13 "There is never an end, as there is never a beginning, to the good which God does: just as the property of light is to illuminate, so the property of God is to do good." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

14 "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."

15 "Our spiritual lamp is lit by pure prayer and perfect love." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

16 "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'

17 "The Holy Spirit is present unconditionally in all things, in that He embraces all things, provides for all, and vivifies the natural seeds within them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

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

19 "The will of the Maker, in His goodness, wills beings always to exist and always to receive His blessings." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

20 "Love alone harmoniously joins all created things with God and with each other." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'On Love, Self-control and Life in accordance with the Intellect'

21 "It is God's purpose to endow created things through grace with a knowledge both of their own essential being and of that of other things; for He will reveal to them the inner principles of their creation, pre-existent in a unified manner within Himself." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fourth Century of Various Texts'

22 "Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

23 "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'

24 "Blessed is he who can love all…equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

25 "A good conscience confers on us the power of love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite