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Three Millennia of Greek Literature


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from the Speech On Love, * Ch. 1.31, 1.95, 3.27, 3.79, 3.80, 3.93, 3.97, 4.61, 4.70.
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4.70: All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are inside our hearts hidden.

1.31: Faith without love does not act in the soul the illumination of the divine knowledge.

3.97: When the mind receives the ideas of things, by its nature is transformed according to each and every idea. If it sees the things spiritually, is transfigured in many ways according to each vision. But if the mind becomes in God, then it becomes totally shapeless and formless, because seeing Him who has one face it comes to have one face and then the whole mind becomes a face of light.

4.70: πάντες ἄρα οἱ θησαυροὶ τῆς σοφίας καὶ τῆς γνώσεως ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν εἰσιν ἀπόκρυφοι.

1.31: πίστις ἄνευ ἀγάπης οὐκ ἐνεργεῖ εἰς τὴν ψυχὴν τὸν τῆς γνώσεως φωτισμόν.

3.97: δεχόμενος ὁ νοῦς τὰ τῶν πραγμάτων νοήματα, πρὸς ἕκαστον νόημα μετασχηματίζεσθαι πέφυκε, θεωρῶν δὲ ταῦτα πνευματικῶς, πρὸς ἕκαστον θεώρημα ποικίλως μεταμορφοῦται, ἐν δὲ Θεῷ γενόμενος, ἄμορφος πάντῃ καὶ ἀσχημάτιστος γίνεται, τὸν γὰρ μονοειδῆ θεωρῶν μονοειδὴς γίνεται καὶ ὅλος φωτοειδής. 

Cf. PLATO : Paideia - out of the cave ||| BASIL THE GREAT : Love can not be taught, We must strive after a quiet mind ||| GREGORY OF NYSSA : Everything that is free will be united with virtue ||| GREGORY PALAMAS : Calling everything near Him ||| MANUEL II PALAEOLOGUS : The virtue of a king ||| PAPATSONIS : Scheme, Hestia, Wisdom, In Rising Sound

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