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Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works
John Farina, Editor-in-Chief
Complete works of Dionysius the Aeropagite

1 “All the radii of a circle are brought together in the unity of the center which contains all the straight lines brought together within itself. These are linked one to another because of this single point of origin and they are completely unified at this center.”

2 "He is all in all, as scripture affirms, and certainly He is to be praised as being for all things the creator and originator, the One who brings them to completion, their preserver, their protector, and their home, the power which returns them to itself, and all this in the one single, irrepressible, and supreme act."

3 “You will find nothing in the world which is not in the One….Everything owes to the One its individual existence and the process whereby it is perfected and preserved.”

4 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals."

5 “Every number preexists uniquely in the monad and the monad holds every number in itself singularly. Every number is united in the monad; it is differentiated and pluralized only insofar as it goes forth from this one.”

6 “As St. Paul said and as true reason has said, the ordered arrangement of the whole visible realm makes known the invisible things of God.”

7 “The power of the Godhead spreads out everywhere, penetrates all things irresistibly.”

8 “This transcendently real Godhead is the source of everything. It is the cause which gives being. It is the power holding all things together and the goal embracing all things.”

9 “The goodness of the Deity has endless love for humanity.”

10 “There is nothing in the world without a share of the Beautiful and the Good.”

11 "Everything in some way partakes of the providence flowing out of this transcendent Deity which is the originator of all that is. Indeed nothing could exist without some share in the being and source of everything. Even the things which have no life participate in this, for it is the transcendent Deity which is the existence of every being."

12 "No duality can be an originating source; the source of every duality is a monad."

13 “God precontains all opposites in one single, universal cause.”

14 "Now this is unified and one and common to the whole divinity, that the entire wholeness is participated in by each of those who participate in it; none participates in only a part. It is rather like the case of a circle. The center point of the circle is shared by the surrounding radii. Or take the example of a seal. There are numerous impressions of the seal and these all have a share in the original prototype; it is the same whole seal in each of the impressions and none participates in only a part."

15 “There is only one Providence over all the world, a supra-being transcending all power visible and invisible.”

16 “God penetrates without hindrance through everything.”

17 “Everything, and every part of everything, participates in the One.”

18 “Contemplate all things, even the things that are opposites, in a simple unity within the universal Cause.”

19 "We owe to God's goodness our being and our life…using the everlasting model of beauty, God has made us in his image and he has given us a share of the divine condition and uplifting."

20 “God is in our minds, in our souls, and in our bodies, in heaven and on earth.”

21 “The supra-divine transcendentally one God dwells indivisibly in every individual.”

22 "The name 'One' means that God is uniquely all things through the transcendence of one unity and that He is the cause of all without ever departing from that oneness. Nothing in the world lacks its share of the One…that One which in its utterly comprehensive unity uniquely contains all and everything beforehand, even opposites."

23 “Wisdom is the One who renews and makes perfect.”

24 "Each god has his sympathetic representative in the animal, the vegetable, and the mineral world." Proclus (410-485ad), Greek philosopher

25 "Indeed the inscrutable One is out of the reach of every rational process. Nor can any words come up to the inexpressible Good, this One, this Source of all unity, this supra-existent Being."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite