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

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

2 "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."

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

4 "For anyone, purification consists of a participation in the transparent clarity of the Godhead."

5 “God is one and he dispenses his oneness to every part of the universe as well as to its totality, to the single as well as to the multiple. He is one in an unchanging and transcendent way.”

6 “The One may be called the underlying element of all things.”

7 "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."

8 "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."

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

10 "He is the Source and the measure of the ages. He is the reality beneath time and the eternity behind being. He is the time within which things happen. He is being for whatever is. He is coming-to-be amid whatever happens. From Him who Is come eternity, essence and being, come time, genesis, and becoming. He is the being immanent in and underlying the things which are, however they are."

11 "There is a simple self-moving power directing all things to mingle as one; it starts out from the Good, reaches down to the lowliest creation, returns then in due order through all the stages back to the Good, and thus turns from itself and through itself and upon itself and toward itself in an everlasting circle."

12 “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.”

13 "The soul has movement – First it moves in a circle, that is, it turns within itself and away from what is outside and there is an inner concentration of its intellectual powers. A sort of fixed revolution causes it to return from the multiplicity of externals, to gather in upon itself and then, in this undispersed condition, to join those who are themselves in a powerful union. From there the revolution brings the soul to the Beautiful and the Good, which is beyond all things, is one and the same, and has neither beginning nor end."

14 "Providence occurs everywhere."

15 "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."

16 "God displays neither a grudge nor profane anger over previous apostasy and transgressions. In godlike fashion he gives to all who approach his guiding light and does so in harmonious and orderly fashion and in proportion to the disposition of each one toward the sacred."

17 “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.”

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

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

20 “There is a concerned and authoritative Providence and Lordship over all things.”

21 "Each bestirs itself and all are stirred to do and to will whatever it is they do and will because of the yearning for the Beautiful and the Good…..The divine longing is Good seeking good for the sake of the Good."

22 "The divine Light, out of generosity, never ceases to offer itself to the eyes of the mind, eyes which should seize upon it for it is always there, always divinely ready with the gift of itself."

23 "His transcendent power is inexpressible, unknowable, inconceivably great, and, as it flows over, it empowers whatever is weak and it preserves and directs the humblest of its echoes….God's infinite power is distributed among all things and there is nothing in the world entirely bereft of power….The benefits of this inexhaustible Power reach out to humans, to animals, to plants, and indeed to all of nature."

24 "To praise this divinely benificent Providence you must turn to all of creation. It is there at the center of everything and everything has it for a destiny. It is there 'before all things and in it all things hold together (Col. 1:17)."

25 “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.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite