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

1 "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)

2 "Reason governs the world, and has consequently governed its history." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

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

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

5 "Man is formed eternally in the divine mind." Johannes Scotus Eriugena (ca. 815-877), translator and philosopher

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

7 "Man, created by a creator, must necessarily continue the creative process in order to prove the creative character of his cognitive faculties and use them for the perfection of true civilization." Dagobert Runes, Editor

8 "In everything there is a portion of everything." Anaxagoras (ca. 500-428 bce), Greek philosopher

9 "As the smallest grain of dust is bound up with our entire solar system, drawn along with it in that undivided movement….so all organized beings, from the humblest to the highest, from the first origins of life to the time in which we are, and in all places as in all times, do but evidence a single impulsion." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

10 "The right, the true, the good, has always its ground of sacredness in itself, in its quality." Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

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

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

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

14 "There are no ends, limits, margins, or walls, that keep back or subtract any parcel of the infinite abundance of things." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), philosopher and poet

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

16 "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

17 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

18 "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)

19 "All the different truths are but so many different aspects of one and the same truth." Paul Carus (1852-1919

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

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

22 "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)

23 "Homer correctly stated: 'The will of Zeus is done', referring to the fate and nature of the universe by which all things are governed." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher

24 "An infinitely wise Being perfectly comprehends within his understanding and constant view the universality of things, in all their extent and duration, and sees all the influence of every event, with respect to every individual thing and circumstance throughout the grand system." Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), American preacher and philosopher

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite