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The Philokalia, volume 4
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios

1 "Prayer is God, who accomplishes everything in everyone." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

2 "God is in the universe and the universe is within God." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

3 "There is nothing that prevents us from having faith. For if we want it with all our heart, it will immediately become active in us, since it is God's gift to us and a pre-eminent characteristic of our nature." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'On Faith'

4 "Illumination by the Spirit is the endless end of every virtue." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'On Faith'

5 "The [human] intellect's being in the likeness of God resides in its justice, truthfulness, love, sympathy and compassion. When these qualities are energized and guarded in a person, that which is in the image and likeness of God is clearly manifest in him." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

6 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

7 "Free will is always part and parcel of the present life." St. Gregory Palamas, 'To the Most Reverend Nun Xenia'

8 "The energy that creates individual essence, life and wisdom, and in general makes and sustains created beings, is identical with the divine volitions and the divine participable principles and the gifts of supernal Goodness, the Cause of all." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

9 "God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

10 "God welcomes the discourse born of prayer, and when He is lovingly invoked and called to our aid, He bestows inexpressible joy on the beseeching soul." Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, 'Texts'

11 "The spiritual nature given to us by God is…an image of His immortal and eternal glory." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

12 "The human soul is something great and wondrous….it overlooks the universe and has all things in its care; it is capable of knowing and receiving God, and more than anything else has the capacity of manifesting the sublime magnificence of the Master-Craftsman." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

13 "With respect to other people, you must keep your conscience pure by not doing to them anything that you hate and that you do not want them to do to you." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'The Three Methods of Prayer'

14 "Eunomios in his discourses wrote that from created things we may comprehend nothing less than God's essence itself." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

15 "The eternal abode embraces all and everything." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

16 "God's grace and energy is accessible to each one of us, since it is divided indivisibly." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

17 "God's nature is everywhere." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

18 "'For there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differs from another star in glory' (1 Cor. 15:41); and yet all of them shine in a single divine firmament." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

19 "Listen to St. Maximos, who says: 'All immortal things and immortality itself, all living things and life itself, all holy things and holiness itself, all good things and goodness itself, all blessings and blessedness itself, all beings and being itself are manifestly works of God.'" St. Gregory Palamas, 'The Declaration of The Holy Mountain'

20 "As St. Dionysios says, 'All things participate in the providence that wells forth from the Godhead, the Cause of all.'" St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

21 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts'

22 "The existential multiplicity and separativeness of thngs is limited and transitory, for, thanks to the universal concatenation, they return to the principal Unity, the supreme Source of All, from which they came." Editors

23 "Incorruptible and imperishable are the following: tears of repentance, acts of charity, compassion, prayer, humility, faith, hope, love." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

24 "The person blind to the One is utterly blind to everything; but he who sees in the One contemplates all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts'

25 "This World Soul belongs to the entire world." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

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