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

1 "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'

2 "God welcomes the discourse born of prayer, and when He is lovingly invoked and called to our aid, He bestows inexpressible joy on the beseeching soul." Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, 'Texts'

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

4 "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'

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

6 "Incorruptible and imperishable are the following: tears of repentance, acts of charity, compassion, prayer, humility, faith, hope, love." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

7 "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'

8 "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'

9 "The [human] intellect's being in the likeness of God resides in its justice, truthfulness, love, sympathy and compassion. When these qualities are energized and guarded in a person, that which is in the image and likeness of God is clearly manifest in him." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge'

10 "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'

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

12 "God's nature is everywhere." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

13 "God is the Being of all beings, the Form that is in all forms as the Author of form, the Wisdom of the wise and, simply, the All of all things." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

14 "Free will is always part and parcel of the present life." St. Gregory Palamas, 'To the Most Reverend Nun Xenia'

15 "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'

16 "God reveals and manifests Himself in all things." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

17 "Prayer is God, who accomplishes everything in everyone." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines'

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

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

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

21 "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

22 "This World Soul belongs to the entire world." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science'

23 "'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'

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite