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1 "The harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty." Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948), Scottish zoologist, classical scholar A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

2 "The perfection of mathematical beauty is such that whatsoever is most beautiful and regular is also found to be most useful and excellent." Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

3 "Form, color and number speak aloud of the word of God." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal." William James (1842-1910), American psychologist and philosopher A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

5 "The very numbers you use in counting are more than you take them to be. They are at the same time mythological elements (for the Pythagoreans, they were even divine). Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

6 "It is not such an audacious conclusion after all if we define number psychologically as an archetype of order which has become conscious (cf. 'On the Psychology of Eastern Meditation', par. 942). Remarkably enough, the psychic images of wholeness which are spontaneously produced by the unconscious, the symbols of the self in mandala form, also have a mathematical structure. They are as a rule quaternities (or their multiples). These structures not only express order, they also create it. That is why they generally appear in times of psychic disorientation in order to compensate a chaotic state or as formulations of numinous experiences." Synchronicity, An Acausal Principle (Carl Jung)

7 "If we know the main sections, the basic actions, the central pillar of mathesis in number and quality, so we know for certain that the same number and quality of basic actions, main sections, must recur in nature." L. Oken, 'Abriss des Systems der Biologie' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

8 "The events and stories of our individual lives can be seen as small but potent fractals of the great fractal, which is the infinite mirroring of the soul of the world. What are fractals? Fractals are repetitions of the same general patterns, even the same details, at both ascending and descending scales. They tell us that the universe and all that it contains is made up of folded realities within self-similar worlds." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

9 "Scientists confirm with formulas what ancient seers knew through revelation: that the world's patterns and cycles are harmonious when seen as mathematical relationships…Where we see 'things', nouns and discrete objects, the ancient mathematical philosophers saw PROCESSES, verbs, transforming patterns meshed harmoniously." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

10 "God is like a skillful geometrician." Sir Thomas Browne, 'Religio Medici', Pt. 1, sec. 16 Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

11 "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 A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

12 "The mathematical rules of the universe are visible to men in the form of beauty." John Mitchell (b. 1933), English geometer and philosopher A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

13 "A common theme in worldwide mythology is the human as microcosm, a miniature model of the whole universe…this view was long considered a key to the understanding of the Self. The ancient philosophers saw their inner lives arranged according to nature's own harmonies, for in nature, geometry, and their spiritual lives they discovered the same principles." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

14 "Mathematics possesses not only truth, but some supreme beauty." Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British mathematician, philosopher, 'Mysticism and Logic' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

15 "There is a discernible relationship between numbers and the sacred mysteries at the heart of creation." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

16 "Mathematics has more than once proved that its purely logical constructions which transcend all experience subsequently coincided with the behaviour of things. This, like the events I call synchronistic, points to a profound harmony between all forms of existence." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "Platonic and Pythagorean theory, which posits a mathematical basis for the physical world, offers clues as to the outworkings of the archetypes and the Divine Mind." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

18 "Mathematics is the archetype of the beauty of the world." Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), quoted by Werner Heisenberg in 'Science and the Beautiful' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

19 "God acts the part of a Geometrician….His government of the world is no less exact than His creation of it." John Norris, 'Practical Discourses' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

20 "Numbers are the representations of real and eternal truths beyond space and time, and of a purposeful pattern to the universe." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

21 "Every soul is according to number.." Secrets of Enoch, ch. LVII, v. 7 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

22 "From the smallest individual detail to the vastest aggregations, our living universe (in common with our inorganic universe) has a structure, and this structure can owe its nature only to a phenomenon of growth." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

23 "The Universe is operated with exact mathematical precision." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

24 "Numbers, as archetypal structural constants of the collective unconscious, possess a dynamic, active aspect which is especially important to keep in mind. It is not what we can do with numbers but what they do to our consciousness that is essential." Marie-Louise vonFranz, Jungian psychologist and writer A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

25 "Oneness or unity encompasses all numbers, and all numbers should be reduced back to unity." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite