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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 "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'

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

3 "Through active virtue desire is brought under control and anger is bridled." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

4 "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'

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

6 "Indeed, the Saviour endured His sufferings so that 'He should gather together into one the scattered children of God' (John 11:52)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fourth Century on Love'

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

8 "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'

9 "The most perfect work of love, and the fulfillment of its activity, is to effect an exchange between those it joins together, which in some measure unites their distinctive characteristics and adapts their respective conditions to each other. Love makes man god, and reveals and manifests God as man, through the single and identical purpose and activity of the will of both." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

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

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

12 "Prayer gives thanks for blessings received and asks for failures to be forgiven and for power to strengthen us for the future; for without God's help the soul can indeed do nothing." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

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 "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'

15 "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'

16 "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'

17 "Since we were originally created by God as 'very good' (Genesis 1:31), we owe it to God to be such." St. Theodoros, the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

18 "Faith is a quality inherent in our nature." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

19 "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'

20 "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'

21 "God is origin as Creator, intermediary state as provident ruler, and consummation as final end. For, as Scripture says, 'All things are from Him and through Him, and have Him as their goal' (Romans 11:36)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

22 "Truth admits of no plurality, and reveals itself as single and unique." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

23 "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."

24 "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'

25 "There is one Divinity:…without parts, indivisible." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite