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

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

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

3 "There is no excellence among the creatures which is not to be found in a much higher style, and as an archetype, in the Creator." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280)

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

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

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

7 "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

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

9 "Man is formed eternally in the divine mind." Johannes Scotus Eriugena (ca. 815-877), translator and philosopher

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

11 "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

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

13 "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

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

15 "Love….is in itself divine." Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

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

17 "All of our souls are but one soul." Johannes Scotus Eriugena (ca. 815-877), translator and philosopher

18 "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)

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

20 "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

21 "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)

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

23 "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

24 "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)

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite