Plotinus Quotes

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Plotinus Quotes

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

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

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To make the existence and coherent structure of this Universe depend upon automatic activity and upon chance is against all good sense.

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Before we had our becoming here, we existed There, men other than now; we were pure souls. Intelligence inbound with the entire of reality, not fenced off, integral to that All. [ ... ] Then it was as if One voice sounded. One word was uttered and from every side an ear attended and received and there was an effective hearing; now we are become a dual thing, no longer that which we were at first, dormant, and in a sense no longer present.

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Knowing demands the organ fitted to the object.

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Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.

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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.

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

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

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We must close our eyes and invoke a new manner of seeing ... a wakefulness that is the birthright of us all, though few put it to use.

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The soul that beholds beauty becomes beautiful.

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

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A dogma recognized throughout antiquity ... (that) the soul expiates its sins in the darkness of the infernal regions and ... afterwards ... passes into new bodies, there to undergo new trials.

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Cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiselling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendour of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine ...

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