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The Essential Plotinus
Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.

1 "As the genus contains all the species or as the whole contains all the parts, The Intelligence contains all beings." Plotinus, 'The Intelligence, The Ideas, and Being'

2 "No intelligible entity ever passes away. All it contains exists in an eternal present." Plotinus, 'The Three Primal Hypostases'

3 "Plotinus sees bright shoots of everlastingness in all creation." Elmer O'Brien, S.J.

4 "Nothing hinders anything from sharing in the Good to the extent it is able." Plotinus, 'The Descent of the Soul'

5 "The One…is present to those who are prepared for it and are able to receive it, to enter into harmony with it, to grasp and to touch it by virtue of their likeness to it, by virtue of that inner power similar to and stemming from The One when it is in that state in which it was when it originated from The One. Thus will The One be 'seen' as far as it can become an object of contemplation." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

6 "To The One the soul must return: it is the law embedded in its ontological structure." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator

7 "What, then is The One? It is what makes all things possible. Without it nothing would exist." Plotinus, 'Contemplation'

8 "The cosmos is a living organism." Plotinus, 'The Intelligence, The Ideas, and Being'

9 "True knowledge of self and true knowledge of God are so intimately linked within the soul that, if the soul is purified of all that is not itself, it knows at one and the same time itself, and in itself, God." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator

10 "There is at the core of every existing thing an ontic desire for what is lacking to its perfectness, and this perfectness it can find in its fullness solely within that which initially engendered it." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator

11 "The One is the foundation of all other things and gives them, at one and the same time, existence and location." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

12 "So divine and precious is The Soul, be confident that, by its power, you can attain to divinity." Plotinus, 'The Three Primal Hypostases'

13 "Every particular thing is linked to that divine being in whose likeness it is made." Plotinus, 'The Soul'

14 "Health is contingent upon the body's being coordinated in unity; beauty, upon the mastery of parts by The One; the soul's virtue, upon unification into one sole coherence." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

15 "Things all contain a part of everything." Anaxagoras (ca. 460bce), 'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers'

16 "It is by The One that all beings are beings." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

17 "The divine is beauty, wisdom, goodness, and the like; and by these the wing of the soul is nourished, and grows apace." Plato, 'Phaedrus'

18 "The Good is the cause of life, of thought, of being." Plotinus, 'Beauty'

19 "We are always around The One. If we were not, we would dissolve and cease to exist. Yet our gaze does not remain fixed upon The One. When we look at it, we then attain the end of our desires and find rest. Then it is that, all discord past, we dance an inspired dance around it." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

20 "It is because of The One that we breathe and have our being." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

21 "The world became a living creature truly endowed with soul and intelligence by the providence of God." Plato, 'Timaeus'

22 "What could exist were it not one?" Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

23 "The One, transcendent to all differentiation and form, is the source of all." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator

24 "Awareness of The One comes to us…by a presence transcending knowledge." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'

25 "Souls are responsive one to another because they all come from the same soul – The Soul." Plotinus, 'The Soul'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite