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Plotinus Quote: “The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.”

The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.

— Plotinus



Plotinus Quote: “The soul that beholds beauty becomes beautiful.”

The soul that beholds beauty becomes beautiful.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat.”

Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Knowledge has three degrees – opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.”

Knowledge has three degrees – opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.”

Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Life is the flight of the alone to the alone.”

Life is the flight of the alone to the alone.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Beauty is rather a light that plays over the symmetry of things than that symmetry itself.”

Beauty is rather a light that plays over the symmetry of things than that symmetry itself.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.”

Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “The world is knowable, harmonious, and good.”

The world is knowable, harmonious, and good.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Fear must be entirely banished. The purified soul will fear nothing.”

Fear must be entirely banished. The purified soul will fear nothing.

— Plotinus



Plotinus Quote: “Withdraw into yourself and look.”

Withdraw into yourself and look.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.”

Knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “We are not separated from spirit, we are in it.”

We are not separated from spirit, we are in it.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Become vision itself.”

Become vision itself.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “It is in virtue of unity that beings are beings.”

It is in virtue of unity that beings are beings.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.”

Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “When we look outside of that on which we depend we ignore our unity; looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is one head. If a man could but be turned about, he would see at once God and himself and the All.”

When we look outside of that on which we depend we ignore our unity; looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is one head. If a man could but be turned about, he would see at once God and himself and the All.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “All things are filled full of signs, and it is a wise man who can learn about one thing from another.”

All things are filled full of signs, and it is a wise man who can learn about one thing from another.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smoothes there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.”

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smoothes there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “The soul in its nature loves God and longs to be at one with Him in the noble love of a daughter for a noble father; but coming to human birth and lured by the courtships of this sphere, she takes up with another love, a mortal, leaves her father and falls.”

The soul in its nature loves God and longs to be at one with Him in the noble love of a daughter for a noble father; but coming to human birth and lured by the courtships of this sphere, she takes up with another love, a mortal, leaves her father and falls.

— Plotinus



Plotinus Quote: “It is precisely because there is nothing within the One that all things are from it.”

It is precisely because there is nothing within the One that all things are from it.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “There is one and the same soul in many bodies.”

There is one and the same soul in many bodies.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that He is so.”

God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that He is so.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.”

Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all.”

One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “You can only apprehend the Infinite by a faculty that is superior to reason.”

You can only apprehend the Infinite by a faculty that is superior to reason.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Each one of us is part of the soul of the universe.”

Each one of us is part of the soul of the universe.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “The Soul of each one of us is sent, that the universe may be complete.”

The Soul of each one of us is sent, that the universe may be complete.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Nature is but an image of wisdom, the last thing of the soul; nature being a thing which doth only do, but not know.”

Nature is but an image of wisdom, the last thing of the soul; nature being a thing which doth only do, but not know.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “I am striving to give back the Divine in myself to the Divine in the All.”

I am striving to give back the Divine in myself to the Divine in the All.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “In this state of absorbed contemplation, there is no longer any question of holding an object in view; the vision is such that seeing and seen are one; object and act of vision have become identical.”

In this state of absorbed contemplation, there is no longer any question of holding an object in view; the vision is such that seeing and seen are one; object and act of vision have become identical.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “We must not run after it, but we must fit ourselves for the vision and then wait tranquilly for it, as the eye waits on the rising of the Sun which in its own time appears above the horizon and gives itself to our sight.”

We must not run after it, but we must fit ourselves for the vision and then wait tranquilly for it, as the eye waits on the rising of the Sun which in its own time appears above the horizon and gives itself to our sight.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Wherever it lies, under earth or over earth, the body will always rot.”

Wherever it lies, under earth or over earth, the body will always rot.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order...”

We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order...

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “It is bad enough to be condemned to drag around this image in which nature has imprisoned me. Why should I consent to the perpetuation of the image of this image?”

It is bad enough to be condemned to drag around this image in which nature has imprisoned me. Why should I consent to the perpetuation of the image of this image?

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being.”

Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “Knowing demands the organ fitted to the object.”

Knowing demands the organ fitted to the object.

— Plotinus


Plotinus Quote: “If someone with the right conduct tries to attain to something that lies outside of it, is his goal not the right conduct.”

If someone with the right conduct tries to attain to something that lies outside of it, is his goal not the right conduct.

— Plotinus

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