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Hermetica
Walter Scott, translator
The ancient Greek and Latin writings which contain religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus. From the Introduction: "If one were to try to sum up the Hermetic teaching in one sentence, I can think of none that would serve the purpose better than the sentence, 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.'"

1 "Languages differ, but mankind is one."

2 "There are two images of God; the Kosmos is one, and man is another, inasmuch as he, like the Kosmos, is a single whole built up of diverse parts."

3 "The Good is the one thing which is the source of all things, and supplies all things at all times."

4 "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."

5 "All individuals are united to the whole; so that we see that the whole is one, and of the one are all things."

6 "From God and in God and through God are all things, - all the various and multiform qualities, the vast and measureless magnitudes, and the forms of every aspect."

7 "It is manifest that the Maker is one; for soul is one, and life is one, and matter is one."

8 "It is not difficult to contemplate God in thought, or even, if you will, to see him. Look at the order of the Kosmos; look at…the providence shown in things that have been, and in things that come to be; look at matter filled to the full with life, and see this great god in movement, with all things that are contained in him."

9 "God is all things; from him are all things; and all things are dependent on his will, and on his inimitable wisdom."

10 "Be careful to remember him, the One who is all things, - him who is the creator of all things."

11 "There is nothing that comes to be or has come to be, in which God is not."

12 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9

13 "All things are linked together, and connected one with another in a chain extending from the lowest to the highest; so that we see that they are not many, or rather, that all are one. For inasmuch as all things hang on the One and flow from the One, we think indeed that they are many when we look at them apart, but when we regard them as united, we hold them to be one." Asclepius III:19c

14 "God made a law by which he ordained that all the souls alike should be everlasting, inasmuch as they were all made of one substance."

15 "For as a man cannot live without breathing, even so God cannot exist without making that which is good; and that is life. He is ever at his work, and is himself that which he makes." Libellus XI:17c

16 "The world has been made by God's providence."

17 "The ordered system in which each and all by the supreme Artist's skill are wrought together into a single whole yields a divinely musical harmony, sweet and true."

18 "It is God's Will that constitutes the existence of all things that are." Libellus IX:2

19 "God makes all things for himself; and all things are parts of God. And inasmuch as all things are parts of him, God is all things. Therefore, in making all things, God makes himself."

20 "God is the first of all things, and the universe is divine, and nature is divine."

21 "God does not ignore man, but acknowledges him to the full, and wills to be acknowledged by him. And this alone, even the knowledge of God, is man's salvation; this is the ascent to Olympus; and by this alone can a soul become good." Libellus X:15a

22 "It is in God that nature has her being."

23 "The Justice that rules on high knows how to assign to each his due

24 "Hearken ye with attentive mind. There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, and beside the unity of this one thing, there was nothing else in being. This mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own light and spirit….There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him; for He is Lord and Father of all, and all things are in Him and subject to Him."

25 "God is the Maker of all things, and makes all things like to himself."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite