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1 "There is not even a wrinkle in time that does not bear the obvious impress of God's own good providence." The Christian Almanac (George Grant & Gregory Wilbur)

2 “There is a concerned and authoritative Providence and Lordship over all things.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

3 "The Divine Mind is intrinsic in nature, an innate part of natural processes, giving coherence and intelligent inner direction to natural forms." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

4 “The world moves in accordance with a divine power and is, in itself, god.” Manilius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

5 "God is the All; and there is nothing that is not included in the All. Hence there is neither magnitude nor place nor quality nor shape nor time beside God; for God is all, and the All permeates all things." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

6 "God is all things; from him are all things; and all things are dependent on his will, and on his inimitable wisdom." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

7 "The Divine holds our hand through all and if he seems to let us fall, it is only to raise us higher." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

8 "Universal Intelligence [is] the organizing, structuring principle at work behind nature, imposing order and purpose on the entire cosmic process." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

9 "There is a higher power which shapes the destiny of all, and the individual can rely on this power." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

10 "There are no accidents, but only intentional designs." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

11 "I walk the meadows by some gliding stream, and there contemplate the lilies that take no care, and those very many other little living creatures that are not only created, but fed by the goodness of the God of Nature, and therefore I trust in Him." Izaak Walton One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

12 "The Lord, situated in the hearts of all living entities, directs their senses." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

13 "From the Lord's Prayer (Thy will be done) to the Taoist idea of 'wu-wei' (action through nonaction), the consensus among spiritual masters is that to come into full ownership of our being we have to abandon ourselves to divine providence." Michael Grosso, 'The Cult of the Guardian Angel' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

14 "Good heavens! Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence, to a humble and grateful mind." Epictetus, Works, book 1. ch. 16, Carter-Higginson translation Varieties of Religious Experience, The (William James)

15 "The soul has been stationed inside the work of the Lord's hands." Hildegard of Bingen, Mystical Writings (Fiona Bowie and Oliver Davies, editors)

16 "God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

17 "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." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

18 "At the heart of Plato's conception of the world was the notion of a transcendent intelligence that rules and orders all things." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

19 "For you are a father to all the children of Your truth, and You rejoice over them as a loving mother over her nursing child. As a guardian with his embrace, You provide for all Your creatures." The Thanksgiving Scroll Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation (Wise/Abegg/Cook, editors)

20 "The world is not the product of casual effort or the work of irrational fortune, but the offspring of an intellectual nature and a divine wisdom." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

21 "All things – not only those that have knowledge, but also those without….All things are destined and directed by God to good, and this is done in such a way that in each one is a principle by which it tends of itself to good as if seeking good itself, as if reaching for it of its own accord. For this reason it is said in the Book of Wisdom (8:1) that divine wisdom 'orders all things sweetly' because each one by its own motion tends to that for which it has been divinely destined." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 22, a. 1 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

22 "Your life is exactly the way it is for one basic reason: the vastness of your Being knows the perfect scenario to help you decide how to deepen your connection with the Light." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

23 "The enduring truths of this ancient wisdom include the idea of levels or dimensions of reality and consciousness, reaching from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, with Spirit fully and equally present at all of these levels as the Ground of the entire display. Each senior level transcends and includes its juniors, so that this Great Nest is a holarchy of extended love and compassionate embrace, reaching from dirt to Divinity, with no corner of the Kosmos left untouched by grace or care or luminosity." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

24 "The Holy Spirit is present unconditionally in all things, in that He embraces all things, provides for all, and vivifies the natural seeds within them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

25 "Divine Providence extends over all things, even the thoughts of man." On Union With God (Albertus Magnus (St. Albert the Great))

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite