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  • “And,” reading on, “if we mean to discern the nature of the Soul we must strip it free of all that has gathered about it, must see into the philosophy of it, examine with what Existences it has touch and by kinship to what Existences it is what it is.”

    The Six Enneads.

  • Our fire, however, is a thing of limited scope: given powers that have no limitation and are never cut off from the Authentic Existences, how imagine anything existing and yet failing to receive from them?

    The Six Enneads.

  • Existences but their simulacra — there is nothing here but a jargon invented to make a case for their school: all this terminology is piled up only to conceal their debt to the ancient Greek philosophy which taught, clearly and without bombast, the ascent from the cave and the gradual advance of souls to a truer and truer vision.

    The Six Enneads.

  • And this is why Time can never be broken apart, any more than Eternity which, similarly, under diverse manifestations, has its Being as an integral constituent of all the eternal Existences.

    The Six Enneads.

  • The Good is that on which all else depends, towards which all Existences aspire as to their source and their need, while Itself is without need, sufficient to Itself, aspiring to no other, the measure and Term of all, giving out from itself the Intellectual-Principle and Existence and Soul and

    The Six Enneads.

  • We must not think of it as the mere tool of the metaphysician: Dialectic does not consist of bare theories and rules: it deals with verities; Existences are, as it were, Matter to it, or at least it proceeds methodically towards Existences, and possesses itself, at the one step, of the notions and of the realities.

    The Six Enneads.

  • So with us: it is from the Supreme that we derive order and distribution and harmony, which are virtues in this sphere: the Existences There, having no need of harmony, order or distribution, have nothing to do with virtue; and, none the less, it is by our possession of virtue that we become like to

    The Six Enneads.

  • Existences were thus impregnated with religion; and religion was in its entirety explained, made accessible and visible, in the Mysteries.

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • Agassiz calls them _Protozoa_, -- Primary Existences.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • Identifying ideas with the categories of the philosophers, he reduced them to these three: Being, Existences, and their Relations.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux


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