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A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1
Dagobert D. Runes, editor

1 "We have the innate need of harmony in the moral relations; this is our glory, and the stamp of the Divine upon our nature." Felix Adler (1851-1933), founder of the American Ethical Union

2 "Epictetus taught that reason governed the world and was identical with God." Dagobert Runes

3 "Reason governs the world, and has consequently governed its history." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

4 "The current of life is composed of parts and experiences which bear an inner relation to each other." Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)

5 "God is…the providential agent, prepared to guard the fate of our planet and the interests of its inhabitants." Leon Brunschwigg (1869-1944), professor of Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris

6 "Those who have maintained that the position of Mathematics is a fundamental one, have drawn one of their strongest arguments from the actual constitution of things. The material frame is subject in all its parts to the relations of number. All dynamical, chemical, electrical, thermal actions seem not only to be measurable in themselves, but to be connected with each other, even to the extent of mutual convertibility, by numerical relations of a perfectly definite kind." George Boole (1815-1864), English philosopher

7 "Language furnishes consciousness with an immaterial body in which to incarnate itself." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

8 "Reason quickens dormant springs, frees what is hidden….It presses toward the One that is all." Karl Jaspers (b. 1883), German philosopher

9 "The mold into which we have been cast is that divinity of the world which was at the beginning and will remain forever." Paul Carus (1852-1919)

10 "As the smallest grain of dust is bound up with our entire solar system, drawn along with it in that undivided movement….so all organized beings, from the humblest to the highest, from the first origins of life to the time in which we are, and in all places as in all times, do but evidence a single impulsion." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

11 "God is the creator of the essence and existence of beings." Emile Boutroux (1845-1921), teacher of Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris

12 "All unite, intersect, and through mutual communication engender thoughts in each other. This is inborn in man at his birth; and free will, self-determination, consciousness, reason, and the foundation of all spiritual power are contained herein." Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887), professor of physics and chemistry

13 "Homer correctly stated: 'The will of Zeus is done', referring to the fate and nature of the universe by which all things are governed." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher

14 "We are now and always in eternity." William Torrey Harris (1835-1909), American philosopher

15 "All the different truths are but so many different aspects of one and the same truth." Paul Carus (1852-1919

16 "Sublimity and marvellous order reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought." Albert Einstein (b. 1879)

17 "We can find no province of the world so low but the Absolute inhabits it." Francis Herbert Bradley (1846-1924), English philosopher

18 "The same kernel of human nature [is] the one thing common to all individuals alike." Shadworth Hollway Hodgson (1832-1912)

19 "The laws of thought, in all its processes of conception and of reasoning, in all those operations of which language is the expression or the instrument, are of the same kind as are the laws of the acknowledged processes of Mathematics." George Boole (1815-1864), English philosopher

20 "Spirit may be defined as that which has its center in itself." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

21 "How can anyone, whose life is centered in the primal source of love, indulge in enmity or even indifference to those who are objects of the divine love equally with himself?" Shadworth Hollway Hodgson (1832-1912)

22 "Language, myth, art, and religion are parts of this universe. They are the varied threads which weave the symbolic net, the tangled web of human experience. All human progress in thought and experience refines upon and strengthens this net." Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945)

23 "Our love is a reflection of the divine love; the archetype of all love is the Holy Spirit….the one love spread abroad through all holy souls proceeds from the Holy Spirit." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280)

24 "Man, created by a creator, must necessarily continue the creative process in order to prove the creative character of his cognitive faculties and use them for the perfection of true civilization." Dagobert Runes, Editor

25 "Where will you seek for God? Seek him in your Soul that is proceeded out of the eternal Nature, wherein the divine Birth stands." Jacob Boehme (1575-1624)

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