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The Masks of God
Joseph Campbell

1 "God is the very spirit and nature of the universe, the image in which it is created, and knowable thus by sense, by reason, and by love, in gradual approximation. God is in all and in every part, and in him all opposites, including good and evil, coincide."

2 "God is the simultaneous mutual implication of all things, even the contradictory ones." Nicholas Cusanus (1401-1464) 'Apologia doctae ignorantiae'

3 "No one achieves excellence in his life task without love for it, in himself without love for himself, or in his family without love for his home. Love brings everything to flower, each in terms of its own potential, and so is the true pedagogue of the open, free society."

4 "The One that is all, forever remains: transcendent – beyond all; yet also immanent – within all."

5 "Nothing can occur that is not – in the frame of the totality – absolutely good."

6 "God is in all things as being, as activity, as power." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

7 "Within a world that is itself divine, where God is immanent throughout, in the impulse of the flight of birds, the lightning, the falling rain, the fire in the sun, there is an epiphany of divinity in all sight, all thought, and all deeds."

8 "Man in his native virtue is competent both to experience and to render blessedness."

9 "The vocabulary of symbol is to such an extent constant through the world that it must be recognized to represent a single pictorial script, through which realizations of a tremendum experienced through life are given statement."

10 "Shakespeare's definition of the function of his art, 'to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature', is equally a definition of mythology. It is the revelation to waking consciousness of the powers of its own sustaining source."

11 "Boundless Time holds everything in its tongs; shapes all things with its hammer; yet yields through its hard initiations knowledge of the adamantean reality, which is here and now, beyond the obscuring veil of duality, the true eternity of us all."

12 "'We are all', as Schopenhauer avers, 'one and the same single Being.' And the sentiment proper to this selfless realization is compassion."

13 "God is one not two. Who sees God sees nothing but one." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

14 "The illusion of duality is the trick of maya. 'Thou art that' (tat tvam asi) is the proper thought for the first step to wisdom."

15 "The ever-living life in all lives appears to be many but is really one."

16 "Like a flower potential in its seed, the blossom of the realization of love is potential in every heart...and requires only proper cultivation to be fostered to maturity."

17 "Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion. The light-world modes of experience and thought were late, very late, developments in the biological prehistory of our species."

18 "Platonic ideas are the structuring principles of all things, inherent in all, and to be recognized by the wakened mind."

19 "According to Posidonius of Alamea in Syria (ca. 135-50 bce), God is immanent throughout nature."

20 "There is one God….He is all sight, all mind, all ear." Xenophanes of Colophon (fl. 536 bce)

21 "Finally, all is found to be in some manner God – as in the words of the Gnostic Thomas Gospel, attributed to Jesus: 'I am the All, the All came forth from Me and the All attained to Me. Cleave the wood and I am there; lift up the stone, you will find me there.'"

22 "All is God. Every stick and stone, person or power, that has ever been revered as a god, is indeed God; for God is all."

23 "Then I looked. And I saw that lover, beloved, and love are one; for in the world of unity all can be one." Abu Yazid (Bayazid) of Bistan (d. 874)

24 "The mystery of the universe and the wonder of the temple of the world are what speak to us through all myths and rites – as well as the great effort of man to bring his individual life into concord with the whole."

25 "Divinity inheres in, as well as transcends, every particle of the universe and all its beings."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite