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The Philokalia, volume 4
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios

1 "The eternal abode embraces all and everything." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

2 "Eunomios in his discourses wrote that from created things we may comprehend nothing less than God's essence itself." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

3 "Through love you are united to God." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On the Inner Nature of Things'

4 "The Sovereign Ruler created all intelligent nature free and self-determining." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

5 "St. Paul says, 'From the creation of the world the invisible realities of God, namely, His eternal power and divinity, may be perceived in created things by means of intellection.' (Romans 1:20)" St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

6 "Listen to St. Maximos, who says: 'All immortal things and immortality itself, all living things and life itself, all holy things and holiness itself, all good things and goodness itself, all blessings and blessedness itself, all beings and being itself are manifestly works of God.'" St. Gregory Palamas, 'The Declaration of The Holy Mountain'

7 "Man's life is based upon a variety of sciences and skills, each person practising one or another of them and making his contribution….one person pursues one virtue while another follows another path. But all are moving towards a single goal." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts'

8 "The spiritual nature given to us by God is…an image of His immortal and eternal glory." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

9 "The existential multiplicity and separativeness of thngs is limited and transitory, for, thanks to the universal concatenation, they return to the principal Unity, the supreme Source of All, from which they came." Editors

10 "God's grace and energy is accessible to each one of us, since it is divided indivisibly." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

11 "God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

12 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

13 "There is nothing that prevents us from having faith. For if we want it with all our heart, it will immediately become active in us, since it is God's gift to us and a pre-eminent characteristic of our nature." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'On Faith'

14 "The person blind to the One is utterly blind to everything; but he who sees in the One contemplates all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts'

15 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

16 "All our actions are typifications of the divine archetypes." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

17 "With respect to other people, you must keep your conscience pure by not doing to them anything that you hate and that you do not want them to do to you." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'The Three Methods of Prayer'

18 "'For there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differs from another star in glory' (1 Cor. 15:41); and yet all of them shine in a single divine firmament." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

19 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts'

20 "Illumination by the Spirit is the endless end of every virtue." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'On Faith'

21 "Man participates in the divine nature, and according to his spiritual self – that is to say, as a spiritual, incorporeal and immortal soul – is an image of God, and possesses an intellect which naturally begets consciousness from its essence." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

22 "God is in the universe and the universe is within God." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

23 "The human soul is something great and wondrous….it overlooks the universe and has all things in its care; it is capable of knowing and receiving God, and more than anything else has the capacity of manifesting the sublime magnificence of the Master-Craftsman." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

24 "St. John of Damaskos writes, 'The creation is an operation of the divine will.'" St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

25 "All things are created by God and all, as He Himself says, are 'wholly good and beautiful' (Gen. 1:31)." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On the Practice of the Virtues'

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