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Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
Manly P. Hall

1 “Having ultimately attained through right thinking, right feeling, and right living to the condition of the beautiful within ourselves, with enraptured vision we can respond in perfect measure to the eternal beauty which flows from the inexhaustible fountain of the one Good.”

2 “The establishment of the mind in wholes (unities) is essential to right thinking.”

3 "In addition to the properties of length, breadth, and thickness, every object has also a quality extension toward the nature of perfect Good."

4 "Wholeness is an archetypal quality – an attribute of Deity. Regardless of the nature of its expression, every activity, quality, or condition is essentially a wholeness. This wholeness is made manifest by a division within itself whereby its nature becomes a mass of innumerable fragments, each of the fractions partaking of the quality resident in the original wholeness, and manifesting it through the wholeness of its own fractional part."

5 "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."

6 "There is no way in which to more rapidly release our own internal potentials than through the discovery of the wonders of the Universal Plan and the parts that each of us must play in the perfection of our world."

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

8 “Humanity is the microcosm, or little universe – the miniature creation in whose composite nature are epitomized the varius orders of life.”

9 “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’

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

11 “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.”

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

13 "The gospel of tomorrow will be a gospel of one being."

14 “To Be is to be immortal, for that which has been can never utterly cease.”

15 "The world is not the product of casual effort or the work of irrational fortune, but the offspring of an intellectual nature and a divine wisdom."

16 “All things subsist in all things.”

17 “Good continually inclines toward unity or wholeness.”

18 "Unborn and undying, the Self is neither old nor young. Its condition never changes; for though all things pass away, it endures. It is wholeness."

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

20 “In the midst of this ever-changing scene is an intangible but all-pervading and inclusive permanence – the divine Reality, the Self, the perfect Wholeness.”

21 "Each individual, by receding into his own divine nature, may discover within himself the divine nature of all creatures. He may even become every other creature, for that part of himself which is real is every other creature."

22 “All things are one in reality and in essence.”

23 “Plato maintained that the One is All-Being.”

24 “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.”

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite