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The Philokalia, volume 2
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain
A collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition.

1 "God created human nature a partaker of every divine blessing." 'A Discourse on Abba Philimon'

2 "God embraces in unity the spiritual knowledge of all created things, providentially permeating all things with His power, and vivifying their inner essences in accordance with their nature." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

3 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

4 "The sublime providence of the Creator preserves everything that is." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'First Century'

5 "God, who is by nature good…loves all men equally as His handiwork." St. Maximos the Confesor, 'First Century on Love'

6 "Love…will remain for all eternity, always increasing beyond all measure." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

7 "God, who gave being to all that is, at the same time unites all things together in His providence." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'First Century'

8 "Those who seek the Lord should not look for Him outside themselves; on the contrary, they must seek Him within themselves through faith made manifest in action." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

9 "Plurality is the consummation of unity manifested." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

10 "It is God's will that moves all things, brings all things into existence, sustains them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

11 "When the intellect is rich in the knowledge of the One, the senses will be completely under control." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Second Century'

12 "Every man possesses that which is according to the image of God, 'for the gifts of God are irrevocable' (cf. Romans 11:29)." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

13 "Love alone harmoniously joins all created things with God and with each other." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'On Love, Self-control and Life in accordance with the Intellect'

14 "Like a good and loving physician, God heals with individual treatment each of those who are trying to make progress." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Love'

15 "Prayer gives thanks for blessings received and asks for failures to be forgiven and for power to strengthen us for the future; for without God's help the soul can indeed do nothing." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

16 "Indeed, the Saviour endured His sufferings so that 'He should gather together into one the scattered children of God' (John 11:52)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fourth Century on Love'

17 "Love is distinguished by the beauty of recognizing the equal value of all." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century of Various Texts'

18 "The way of truth is love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

19 "The Creator provides for all creation, down to the least of living things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

20 "Love is the most comprehensive and the highest of all the divine blessings spoken of in the Holy Scriptures." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

21 "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'

22 "As the unitary cosmic principle, the Logos contains in Himself the multiple logoi (inner principles or inner essences, thoughts of God) in accordance with which all things come into existence at the times and places, and in the forms, appointed for them, each single thing thereby containing in itself the principle of its own development."

23 "God Himself is the way, the door, the key and the kingdom….He enters by participation into all things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

24 "The centre of a circle is regarded as the indivisible source of all the radii extending from it;…pre-existing in God are all the inner essences of created things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

25 "God by nature is always one and alone, substantively and absolutely, containing in Himself all-inclusively the totality of substantive being." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite