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The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1
Mortimer J. Adler, editor

1 "Whatever exists...has some share in the effulgent beauty of the One."

2 "From self-evident propositions, by necessary consequences, as incontestible as those in mathematics, the measures of right and wrong might be made out, to any one that will apply himself with the same indifferency and attention to the one as he does to the other of these sciences." John Locke (1629-1695)

3 "Justice is esential to the very life and health of the soul."

4 "The divine being is all being simultaneously." Thomas Aquinas

5 "Although the essences or forms of things are many, yet the truth of the divine intellect is one." Thomas Aquinas

6 "God…is intimately present to our minds, producing in them all that variety of ideas or sensations which continually affect us." George Berkeley (1685-1753), 'The Principles of Human Knowledge'

7 "Whatever the soul possesses, to that she comes bearing life." Socrates, quoted in Plato's 'Phaedo'

8 "God is the infinite and eternal substance of all finite existences, an absolute and unchanging ONE underlying the finite modes in which it variably manifests itself."

9 "Human kingdoms are established by divine providence." St. Augustine

10 "A natural teleology seems to imply that every natural thing is governed by an indwelling form working toward a definite end, and that the whole of nature exhibits the working out of a divine plan or design."

11 "The absolute good is, as in the 'Divine Comedy', the final cause or ultimate end of the motions of the universe. It is 'the Alpha and Omega', Dante says, 'of every scripture that Love reads to me.'"

12 "Immortality is, in a way, enjoyed in this life, for it is a present participation in eternity through the mind's knowledge of God."

13 "In the view of Nicolas of Cusa, the mystery of God's infinity is best expressed by affirming that in God all contradictions are somehow reconciled."

14 "The moral law is universally and equally binding on all persons….the moral law commands us to respect the dignity of the human person, ourselves and others alike,"

15 "In the realm of Being, the trace of The One establishes reality: existence is a trace of The One." Plotinus

16 "The ultimate measure of justice in all human institutions and acts, as well as in the characters of men, is not itself a man-made standard, but rather a natural principle of justice, holding for all men at all times everywhere."

17 "As God is the supernatural efficient cause of all created things, so God is also the supernatural final cause – the end or ultimate good toward which all creatures tend." Baruch Spinoza

18 "The ancient philosophers, constrained as it were by the truth, when they asserted an infinite principle, asserted likewise that there was only one such principle." Thomas Aquinas

19 "The good of nothing less than the whole collectively or of all distributively can be taken as the common or general good."

20 "Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke (1629-1695)

21 "Charity, according to its very nature, causes peace; for love is a unitive force." Thomas Aquinas

22 "Only God, only an infinite being, can satisfy man's infinite craving for all the good there is."

23 "Love is everywhere in the universe – in all things which have their being from the bounty and generosity of God's creative love and which in return obey the law of love in seeking God or in whatever they do to magnify God's glory."

24 "Providence connects each one with its proper order." Boethius, quoted by Thomas Aquinas

25 "Every act of understanding or thought involves imagination."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite