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

1 "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

2 "God is in every human being; nothing is apart from God." Dagobert Runes

3 "There are no ends, limits, margins, or walls, that keep back or subtract any parcel of the infinite abundance of things." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), philosopher and poet

4 "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)

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

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

7 "None can escape the Presence." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer

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

9 "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

10 "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

11 "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

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

13 "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

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

15 "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

16 "Justice brings serenity to the conscience, while injustice brings torments and remorse." Hugues De Groot (1583-1645), Dutch philosopher

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

18 "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

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

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

21 "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

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

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

24 "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

25 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

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