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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 "In each of us the energy of the Spirit is made manifest according to the measure of faith (cf. Romans 12:6)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

2 "God is…a unity embracing a diversity of principles, each of which is an aspect of the Logos. Thus he who speaks about the truth…speaks always about the one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

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

4 "The treasures of wisdom truly are within us." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

5 "Truly blessed is the man who seeks virtue and pursues it and inquires diligently into its nature, since it is through virtue that he approaches God and enters into spiritual communion with Him." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

6 "Strive to love every man equally." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Second Century'

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

8 "Our spiritual lamp is lit by pure prayer and perfect love." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

9 "When you have come to know yourself, you will understand many great and wonderful things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

10 "Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

11 "Prayer is converse with God, contemplation of the invisible,…a stimulus towards the divine, the assurance of things longed for, 'making real the things for which we hope' (Hebrews 11:1)." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

12 "The single identical Spirit takes His different names from the different ways in which He acts on each person." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

13 "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'

14 "Intellect (nous): the highest faculty in man, through which – provided he is purified – he knows God or the inner essences or principles of created things by means of direct apprehension or spiritual perception….it understands divine truth by means of immediate experience, intuition, or simple cognition. The intellect dwells in the depths of the soul; it constitutes the innermost aspect of the heart."

15 "There is one Divinity:…without parts, indivisible." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

16 "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'

17 "God is origin as Creator, intermediary state as provident ruler, and consummation as final end. For, as Scripture says, 'All things are from Him and through Him, and have Him as their goal' (Romans 11:36)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

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

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

20 "A good conscience confers on us the power of love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

21 "All things seek the beautiful and good at every opportunity, and there is no being which does not participate in them. They extend to all that is." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

22 "Man is said to have been created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Genesis 1:26). He is made in the image of God, since his being is in the image of God's being." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

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

24 "Blessed is he who can love all…equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite