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Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
Manly P. Hall

1 “Since the generated world is a collective whole, if we apply the ears of our intellect to the world we shall, perhaps, hear it thus addressing us: ‘There is no doubt but I was composed from all animals, entirely sufficient to myself, and destitute of nothing;…All things are contained in my ample bosom.” Plotinus, ‘On Providence’

2 "Slayer and savior alike are marching on through the ages toward inevitable perfection."

3 "The glorious Universal Self is the One who is in all, the All which is in each."

4 "Mankind may be considered as a vast organism with one Spirit or Self manifesting through an infinite number of organisms."

5 "We are destined by Eternal Providence to become the fullness of ourselves….we shall find perfection in the consummation of the destiny for which we were first conceived."

6 "The rational soul is necessarily unselfish because it conceives self to be distributed throughout the entire substance of Being."

7 "The new message is the gospel of identity. It is not an effort to unite lives in a common interest, but a recognition of the fact that all forms are but manifestations of one indivisible agent….Indissoluble unity is fundamental throughout the universe."

8 “All things are one in essence.”

9 “The One Supreme Power manifesting throughout the cosmic organism should be considered as manifesting through all created things.”

10 “Think of religion as the universal adoration of creative principles common to all humanity.”

11 “The law of the soul is love.”

12 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all."

13 "Perfect consciousness is perfect realization of the nature and relationship of parts to the fundamental unity in which they exist."

14 “The all-sufficiency of Universal Good is all-sufficing.”

15 “A growing tree increases from a single shoot to a miracle of branches and foliage, yet nowhere is there any inconsistency or contradiction in the process…From the first quickening of its seed the tree moves inevitably toward a single end. This perfect cooperation of parts demonstrates the exactness of the power that willed it into being.”

16 “When we adore the God of harmony, we shall know the inner mystery of life.”

17 “Every substance, object, element, and agent in the universe is capable of instructing us in those phases of divine order which are involved in its own constitution.”

18 “Humanity possesses the power to interpret the whole and can actually come to realize its kinship with all.”

19 “Good, possessing the virtue of unity, must ever increase until it includes everything within its own nature.”

20 "Until we are everything that we in our ignorance believe surrounds us, there is no complete consciousness. We may study the star intellectually, but we have never attained consciousness until we are the star, the stone, the heavens, and the earth. When our consciousness is perfect we extend from the heights of height to the depths of depth; we permeate the whole nature of existence; we are in everything, we are through everything, we are the whole nature of everything."

21 “He who becomes luminous shines not with a separate light but rather is merged with the one light whose radiance is diffused throughout all worlds.”

22 “Roundness partakes of the nature of wholeness because the circle or sphere (like wholeness) is without beginning or end. To think in round terms may be interpreted to mean keeping the mentality upon the level of greatest inclusiveness, ever striving to attain fuller inclusiveness.”

23 "Intelligence exists in every department of creation. The entire universe is controlled by definite laws that evidence the omniscience of the Eternal Thinker."

24 “Man is eternally bound by his innate Reality to the Absolute, which is the fullness of Reality.”

25 "The aspiring soul seeks Self in the selflessness of the Great Law."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite