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Hermetica
Walter Scott, translator
The ancient Greek and Latin writings which contain religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus. From the Introduction: "If one were to try to sum up the Hermetic teaching in one sentence, I can think of none that would serve the purpose better than the sentence, 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.'"

1 "The mind in us…penetrates all things."

2 "The Kosmos is ever one, and is a living and ever-living being."

3 "All things that come to pass by nature come to pass according to Providence, and there is no place destitute of Providence."

4 "God is the Maker of all things, and makes all things like to himself."

5 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9

6 "The sky is moist and dry, cold and hot, bright and obscured by turns; these are the rapidly alternating forms included under the one ideal or universal form of the sky. The earth is ever passing through many changes of form; it generates produce, it nourishes the produce it has generated, it yields all manner of crops, with manifold differences of quality and quantity; and above all, it puts forth many sorts of trees, differing in the scent of their flowers and the taste of their fruits. Water takes different forms, now standing, and now running. Fire undergoes many changes, and assumes godlike forms;…they are like our mirrors, and reproduce the ideal or universal form in visible copies with rival brilliance."

7 "Be careful to remember him, the One who is all things, - him who is the creator of all things."

8 "For as a man cannot live without breathing, even so God cannot exist without making that which is good; and that is life. He is ever at his work, and is himself that which he makes." Libellus XI:17c

9 "God is all things; from him are all things; and all things are dependent on his will, and on his inimitable wisdom."

10 "The world has been made by God's providence."

11 "The Lord manifests himself ungrudgingly throughout the universe; and you can behold God's image with your eyes, and lay hold on it with your hands."

12 "All individuals are united to the whole; so that we see that the whole is one, and of the one are all things."

13 "For all things that exist are in God, and are made by God, and are dependent on him, whether they be things that put forth activity by means of their bodies, or things that effect movement by means of soul-stuff, or things that generate life by means of vital breath, or things that receive into themselves the bodies that life has quitted. And there will never come a time when anything that exists will cease to be; for God contains all things, and there is nothing which is not in God, and nothing in which God is not. Nay, I would rather say, not that God contains all things, but that, to speak the full truth, God is all things." Libellus IX:9

14 "God is the All; and there is nothing that is not included in the All. Hence there is neither magnitude nor place nor quality nor shape nor time beside God; for God is all, and the All permeates all things."

15 "Man has been made by God in the image of God. God has fashioned with consummate skill each member of [the human] body; every one of the members is perfectly adapted both for use and for beauty."

16 "The Kosmos is made by God and contained in God….It is God that is the author of all, and encompasses all, and knits all things together."

17 "Hearken ye with attentive mind. There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, and beside the unity of this one thing, there was nothing else in being. This mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own light and spirit….There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him; for He is Lord and Father of all, and all things are in Him and subject to Him."

18 "God is of one nature with the Good."

19 "God is the first of all things, and the universe is divine, and nature is divine."

20 "Languages differ, but mankind is one."

21 "It is God's Will that constitutes the existence of all things that are." Libellus IX:2

22 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one."

23 "All these souls which shift about from place to place throughout the Kosmos are, so to speak, parted off and portioned out from one soul, even the soul of the universe."

24 "All things are linked together, and connected one with another in a chain extending from the lowest to the highest; so that we see that they are not many, or rather, that all are one. For inasmuch as all things hang on the One and flow from the One, we think indeed that they are many when we look at them apart, but when we regard them as united, we hold them to be one." Asclepius III:19c

25 "Man is a being of divine nature."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite