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The Masks of God
Joseph Campbell

1 "There is one God….He is all sight, all mind, all ear." Xenophanes of Colophon (fl. 536 bce)

2 "'We are all', as Schopenhauer avers, 'one and the same single Being.' And the sentiment proper to this selfless realization is compassion."

3 "Boundless Time holds everything in its tongs; shapes all things with its hammer; yet yields through its hard initiations knowledge of the adamantean reality, which is here and now, beyond the obscuring veil of duality, the true eternity of us all."

4 "The mystery of the universe and the wonder of the temple of the world are what speak to us through all myths and rites – as well as the great effort of man to bring his individual life into concord with the whole."

5 "Nothing can occur that is not – in the frame of the totality – absolutely good."

6 "The vocabulary of symbol is to such an extent constant through the world that it must be recognized to represent a single pictorial script, through which realizations of a tremendum experienced through life are given statement."

7 "Myths and rites constitute a mesocosm – a mediating, middle cosmos, through which the microcosm of the individual is brought into relation to the macrocosm of the all."

8 "Everything – absolutely everything – reveals the omnipresence of God as the ground of all being."

9 "The [Egyptian] myths can no longer be taken simply in their literal sense. They have to be understood as a rendition of deeper thoughts, striving to comprehend the world spiritually, as a unit." Eduard Meyer

10 "The timelessness of eternity is reflected in the changing scene of time."

11 "The illusion of duality is the trick of maya. 'Thou art that' (tat tvam asi) is the proper thought for the first step to wisdom."

12 "All is God. Every stick and stone, person or power, that has ever been revered as a god, is indeed God; for God is all."

13 "Then I looked. And I saw that lover, beloved, and love are one; for in the world of unity all can be one." Abu Yazid (Bayazid) of Bistan (d. 874)

14 "God is in all things as being, as activity, as power." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

15 "The One that is all, forever remains: transcendent – beyond all; yet also immanent – within all."

16 "O Mother! Cause and Mother of the World! Thou art the One Primordial Being." The Tantrasara

17 "God is the simultaneous mutual implication of all things, even the contradictory ones." Nicholas Cusanus (1401-1464) 'Apologia doctae ignorantiae'

18 "The ever-living life in all lives appears to be many but is really one."

19 "Like a flower potential in its seed, the blossom of the realization of love is potential in every heart...and requires only proper cultivation to be fostered to maturity."

20 "Finally, all is found to be in some manner God – as in the words of the Gnostic Thomas Gospel, attributed to Jesus: 'I am the All, the All came forth from Me and the All attained to Me. Cleave the wood and I am there; lift up the stone, you will find me there.'"

21 "God is one not two. Who sees God sees nothing but one." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

22 "God is the very spirit and nature of the universe, the image in which it is created, and knowable thus by sense, by reason, and by love, in gradual approximation. God is in all and in every part, and in him all opposites, including good and evil, coincide."

23 "Man is a cup, his soul the wine therein. Flesh is a pipe, spirit the voice within; O Khayyam, have you fathomed what man is? A magic lantern with a light therein." Omar Khayyam, Persian poet

24 "Man in his native virtue is competent both to experience and to render blessedness."

25 "Platonic ideas are the structuring principles of all things, inherent in all, and to be recognized by the wakened mind."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite