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A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1
Dagobert D. Runes, editor

1 "Language, myth, art, and religion are parts of this universe. They are the varied threads which weave the symbolic net, the tangled web of human experience. All human progress in thought and experience refines upon and strengthens this net." Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945)

2 "There is no excellence among the creatures which is not to be found in a much higher style, and as an archetype, in the Creator." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280)

3 "The laws of thought, in all its processes of conception and of reasoning, in all those operations of which language is the expression or the instrument, are of the same kind as are the laws of the acknowledged processes of Mathematics." George Boole (1815-1864), English philosopher

4 "When many, writing in different times and places, affirm the same thing as true, their unanimity must be referred to some universal cause." Hugues De Groot (1583-1645), Dutch philosopher

5 "Language furnishes consciousness with an immaterial body in which to incarnate itself." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

6 "Where will you seek for God? Seek him in your Soul that is proceeded out of the eternal Nature, wherein the divine Birth stands." Jacob Boehme (1575-1624)

7 "Those who have maintained that the position of Mathematics is a fundamental one, have drawn one of their strongest arguments from the actual constitution of things. The material frame is subject in all its parts to the relations of number. All dynamical, chemical, electrical, thermal actions seem not only to be measurable in themselves, but to be connected with each other, even to the extent of mutual convertibility, by numerical relations of a perfectly definite kind." George Boole (1815-1864), English philosopher

8 "Spirit may be defined as that which has its center in itself." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

9 "Justice brings serenity to the conscience, while injustice brings torments and remorse." Hugues De Groot (1583-1645), Dutch philosopher

10 "God is…the providential agent, prepared to guard the fate of our planet and the interests of its inhabitants." Leon Brunschwigg (1869-1944), professor of Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris

11 "God is the spirit of all spirits; the essence of all essences." Francis Xavier von Baader (1765-1841)

12 "The slightest thing that happens takes place in accordance with nature and its reason." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher

13 "Reason quickens dormant springs, frees what is hidden….It presses toward the One that is all." Karl Jaspers (b. 1883), German philosopher

14 "There is a great fact known to us more certainly than the existence of matter: it is the unity of consciousness." Josephus Flavius Cook (1838-1901), American lecturer

15 "The current of life is composed of parts and experiences which bear an inner relation to each other." Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)

16 "Everything interpenetrates." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

17 "It may be said of universal history, that it is the exhibition of spirit in the process of working out the knowledge of that which it is potentially." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

18 "What more can a man want to learn than this, that the one God and Creator and Master of all that lives pervades the Universe?" Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948),

19 "The true Heaven wherein God dwells, is all over, in all Places, even in the Midst of the Earth." Jacob Boehme (1575-1624)

20 "All life is eternal; there is no other." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

21 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

22 "Only he to whom all is one, who draws all things to one, and sees all things in one, may enjoy true peace and rest of spirit." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

23 "Consciousness corresponds exactly to the living being's power of choice; it is coextensive with the fringe of possible action that surrounds the real action; consciousness is synonymous with invention and with freedom." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

24 "Our love is a reflection of the divine love; the archetype of all love is the Holy Spirit….the one love spread abroad through all holy souls proceeds from the Holy Spirit." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280)

25 "None can escape the Presence." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

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