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

1 "Epictetus taught that reason governed the world and was identical with God." Dagobert Runes

2 "The history of the world means the progressive realization of freedom." Dagobert Runes

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

4 "How can anyone, whose life is centered in the primal source of love, indulge in enmity or even indifference to those who are objects of the divine love equally with himself?" Shadworth Hollway Hodgson (1832-1912)

5 "All of our souls are but one soul." Johannes Scotus Eriugena (ca. 815-877), translator and philosopher

6 "Many teachers praise Love as the highest virtue, like Saint Paul when he says: 'Whatever exercises I undergo, if I have no Love I have nothing.'" Johannes Eckhart (ca. 1260-1327)

7 "All unite, intersect, and through mutual communication engender thoughts in each other. This is inborn in man at his birth; and free will, self-determination, consciousness, reason, and the foundation of all spiritual power are contained herein." Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887), professor of physics and chemistry

8 "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)

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

10 "All this that we see in this great Universe is pervaded by God." Ishopanishad

11 "Every thing in nature is connected: one state pushes forward and prepares another." Johann G. Herder (1744-1803)

12 "The only cause of all created things, whether heavenly or earthy, whether visible or invisible, is the goodness of the Creator, the one true God; and nothing exists but Himself that does not derive its existence from Him." St. Augustine (354-430)

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

14 "The same kernel of human nature [is] the one thing common to all individuals alike." Shadworth Hollway Hodgson (1832-1912)

15 "Every organ of the human body and every member of human society is producing on behalf of the whole." Moses Hess (1812-1875), Jewish philosopher

16 "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

17 "Cosmic reason operates within the soul of man." Dagobert Runes

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

19 "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

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

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

22 "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

23 "God is the creator of the essence and existence of beings." Emile Boutroux (1845-1921), teacher of Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris

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 "We can find no province of the world so low but the Absolute inhabits it." Francis Herbert Bradley (1846-1924), English philosopher

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite