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Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
Manly P. Hall

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

2 "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."

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

4 “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.”

5 "Man is as surely clothed in the garments of virtue as he is in the garments of the physical; they are vehicles of his expression no less real than are the members formed of bone, flesh, or sinew."

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

7 "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."

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

9 “The law of the soul is love.”

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

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 “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.”

14 “God is all there is….God is the heavens and the earth, and all the creatures that inhabit them.” Anonymous East Indian sage

15 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion."

16 “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’

17 “All things are one in essence.”

18 “All are embraced within the span of the eternal philosophic NOW.”

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

20 “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.”

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

22 "The whole partakes of the attributes of the parts in fullness and perfect harmony. Hence the whole is the master of its parts, which are powerless to force their fragmentary agencies upon the structure of wholeness itself."

23 “The sure and eternal path winds through the illusion and leads ultimately to the attainment of perfect good.”

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

25 "As all creatures are made in the image of their Universal Creator, it follows that each has a spiritual nature which is part of and harmonious with the spiritual nature of the universe, and also a material nature which is part of and harmonious with the cosmic body."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite