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The Philokalia, volume 2
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain
A collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition.

1 "Corresponding to every divine gift, there is in us an appropriate and natural organ capable of receiving it – a kind of capacity, or intrinsic state or disposition." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

2 "Blessed is he who can love all…equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

3 "As the unitary cosmic principle, the Logos contains in Himself the multiple logoi (inner principles or inner essences, thoughts of God) in accordance with which all things come into existence at the times and places, and in the forms, appointed for them, each single thing thereby containing in itself the principle of its own development."

4 "God is…a unity embracing a diversity of principles, each of which is an aspect of the Logos. Thus he who speaks about the truth…speaks always about the one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

5 "St. John says: 'My children, let us love not in word or tongue, but in action and truth. And by this we know that we belong to the truth.' (1 John 3:18-19)" St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

6 "God, who is by nature good…loves all men equally as His handiwork." St. Maximos the Confesor, 'First Century on Love'

7 "The centre of a circle is regarded as the indivisible source of all the radii extending from it;…pre-existing in God are all the inner essences of created things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

8 "It is God's purpose to endow created things through grace with a knowledge both of their own essential being and of that of other things; for He will reveal to them the inner principles of their creation, pre-existent in a unified manner within Himself." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fourth Century of Various Texts'

9 "Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

10 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

11 "Love is the most comprehensive and the highest of all the divine blessings spoken of in the Holy Scriptures." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

12 "God, who gave being to all that is, at the same time unites all things together in His providence." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'First Century'

13 "All beauty, miracle, magnificence reflects what is supremely beautiful, miraculous and magnificent – reflects, rather, the Source that is above beauty, miracle and magnificence." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'Theoretikon'

14 "Like a good and loving physician, God heals with individual treatment each of those who are trying to make progress." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Love'

15 "The will of the Maker, in His goodness, wills beings always to exist and always to receive His blessings." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

16 "There is one Divinity, a Unity simple, beyond being, without parts and undivided." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

17 "Perfect love does not split up the single human nature, common to all, according to the diverse characteristics of individuals; but, fixing attention always on this single nature, it loves all equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

18 "Through active virtue desire is brought under control and anger is bridled." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

19 "It is God's will that moves all things, brings all things into existence, sustains them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

20 "Man's intellect is a holy place and a temple of God." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Love'

21 "God Himself is the way, the door, the key and the kingdom….He enters by participation into all things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

22 "The treasures of wisdom truly are within us." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

23 "The single identical Spirit takes His different names from the different ways in which He acts on each person." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

24 "The principles or inner essences of all things are embraced by the Logos." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

25 "Concerning love the beloved disciple said, 'God is love, and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him' (1 John 4:16)." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite