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

1 "The true Heaven wherein God dwells, is all over, in all Places, even in the Midst of the Earth." Jacob Boehme (1575-1624)

2 "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

3 "Everything interpenetrates." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

4 "Every organ of the human body and every member of human society is producing on behalf of the whole." Moses Hess (1812-1875), Jewish philosopher

5 "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

6 "Consciousness corresponds exactly to the living being's power of choice; it is coextensive with the fringe of possible action that surrounds the real action; consciousness is synonymous with invention and with freedom." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France

7 "An infinitely wise Being perfectly comprehends within his understanding and constant view the universality of things, in all their extent and duration, and sees all the influence of every event, with respect to every individual thing and circumstance throughout the grand system." Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), American preacher and philosopher

8 "It may be said of universal history, that it is the exhibition of spirit in the process of working out the knowledge of that which it is potentially." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

9 "Anaximenes of Miletus, son of Eurastratos, who had been an associate of Anaximander, said, like him, that the underlying substance was one and infinite." Fragments of Anaximenes (ca. 585-525 bce), Milesian philosopher

10 "What more can a man want to learn than this, that the one God and Creator and Master of all that lives pervades the Universe?" Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948),

11 "There is a great fact known to us more certainly than the existence of matter: it is the unity of consciousness." Josephus Flavius Cook (1838-1901), American lecturer

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

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

14 "The only cause of all created things, whether heavenly or earthy, whether visible or invisible, is the goodness of the Creator, the one true God; and nothing exists but Himself that does not derive its existence from Him." St. Augustine (354-430)

15 "All this that we see in this great Universe is pervaded by God." Ishopanishad

16 "When many, writing in different times and places, affirm the same thing as true, their unanimity must be referred to some universal cause." Hugues De Groot (1583-1645), Dutch philosopher

17 "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)

18 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

19 "Many teachers praise Love as the highest virtue, like Saint Paul when he says: 'Whatever exercises I undergo, if I have no Love I have nothing.'" Johannes Eckhart (ca. 1260-1327)

20 "The history of the world means the progressive realization of freedom." Dagobert Runes

21 "Life as a whole is, in its essential, substantial relations, throughout of a divine nature." Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), German philosopher

22 "The slightest thing that happens takes place in accordance with nature and its reason." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher

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

25 "Every thing in nature is connected: one state pushes forward and prepares another." Johann G. Herder (1744-1803)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite