Cornelius Agrippa Quotes

All things which are similar and therefore connected, are drawn to each other's power.
Cornelius Agrippa
No one who is not utterly blind can fail to see that God gathered all the beauty of which the whole world is capable of in woman, so that all creation might be dazzled by her, and love and venerate her under many names.
Cornelius Agrippa
When the soul is gifted with a powerful imagination, it acquires strength effectual to the causing of health or of disease, not only in its proper body, but also in the bodies of others.
Cornelius Agrippa
It is requisite that we should here say something of Magick, which is so linked to Astrology, as being her near Kinswoman, that whoever professes Magick without Astrology, does nothing, but is altogether out of the way.
Cornelius Agrippa (The Vanity of Arts and Sciences)
Natural Magick therefore is that, which considering well the strength and force of Natural and Celestial beings, and with great curiosity labouring to discover their affections, produces into open Act the hidden and concealed powers of Nature.
Cornelius Agrippa (The Vanity of Arts and Sciences)
Only for you, children of doctrine and learning, have we written this work. Examine this book, ponder the meaning we have dispersed in various places and gathered again; what we have concealed in one place we have disclosed in another, that it may be understood by your wisdom.
Cornelius Agrippa (De Occulta Philosophia libri III)
Beyond her no other creature exists nor can be imagined. Since woman, therefore, is the last of the creatures and the goal, the most perfect completion of all the works of God, and the perfecting of the universe itself, who will deny that she is most worthy of preeminence over all creation ...?
Cornelius Agrippa
Natural Magick is taken to be nothing else, but the chief power of all the natural Sciences; which therefore they call the top and perfection of Natural Philosophy, and which is indeed the active part of the same; which by the assistance of natural forces and faculties, through their mutual & opportune application, performs those things that are above Human Reason.
Cornelius Agrippa (The Vanity of Arts and Sciences)
Magic is a faculty of wonderful virtue, full of most high mysteries, containing the most profound contemplation of most secret things, together with the nature, power, quality, substance and virtues thereof, as also the knowledge of whole Nature, and it doth instruct us concerning the differing and agreement of things amongst themselves, whence it produceth its wonderful effects, by uniting the virtues of things through the application of them one to the other.
Cornelius Agrippa (De Occulta Philosophia libri III)
Our mind doth effect divers things by faith (which is a firm adhesion, a fixed intention, and a vehement application of the worker or receiver) to him that co-operates in anything, and gives power to the work which we intend to do. So that there is made in us, as it were, the image of the virtue to be received, and the thing to be done in us, or by us. We must, therefore, in every work and application of things, affect vehemently, imagine, hope, and believe strongly, for that will be a great help.
Cornelius Agrippa
I confess that Magic teacheth many superfluous things, and curious prodigies for ostentation; leave them as empty things, yet be not ignorant of their causes. But those things which are for the profit of men -- for the turning away of evil events, for the destroying of sorceries, for the curing of diseases, for the exterminating of phantasms, for the preserving of life, honor, or fortune -- may be done without offense to God or injury to religion, because they are, as profitable, so necessary.
Cornelius Agrippa (De Occulta Philosophia libri III)
But to proceed; as in order and place, so also in matter of her Creation, Woman far excells Man. things receive their value from the matter they are made of, and the excellent skill of their maker: Pots of common clay must not contend with China-dishes, nor pewter utensils vye dignity with those of silver.... Woman was not composed of any inanimate or vile dirt, but of a more refined and purified substance, enlivened and actuated by a Rational Soul, whose operations speak it a beam, or bright ray of Divinity.
Cornelius Agrippa (Female Pre-eminence: The Dignity and Excellency of that Sex above the Male)
Almighty God, to whose efficacious Word all things owe their original, abounding in his own glorious Essence with infinite goodness and fecundity, did in the beginning Create Man after his own likeness, Male and Female, created he them; the true distinction of which Sexes, consists merely in the different site of those parts of the body, wherein Generation necessarily requires a Diversity: for both Male and Female he impartially endued with the same, and altogether indifferent form of Soul, the Woman being possess’d of no less excellent Faculties of Mind, Reason, and Speech, than the Man, and equally with him aspiring to those Regions of Bliss and Glory, where there shall be no exception of Sex.
Cornelius Agrippa (Female Pre-eminence: The Dignity and Excellency of that Sex above the Male)
But of magic I wrote whilst I was very young three large books, which I called Of Occult Philosophy, in which what was then through the curiosity of my youth erroneous, I now being more advised, am willing to have retracted, by this recantation; I formerly spent much time and costs in these vanities. At last I grew so wise as to be able to dissuade others from this destruction. For whosoever do not in the truth, nor in the power of God, but in the deceits of devils, according to the operation of wicked spirits presume to divine and prophesy, and practising through magical vanities, exorcisms, incantions and other demoniacal works and deceits of idolatry, boasting of delusions, and phantasms, presently ceasing, brag that they can do miracles, I say all these shall with Jannes, and Jambres, and Simon Magus, be destinated to the torments of eternal fire.
Cornelius Agrippa (De Occulta Philosophia - Book III)

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Born: 1486
Died: 1535

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was a German polymath and occult writer best known his books, most notably the works covering topics such as magic and the occult. He is a notable figure today in the study of Western Esotericism.

Notable Works

Declamation Attacking the Uncertainty and Vanity of the Sciences and the Arts (1526)
Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex (1529)
Three Books Concerning Occult Philosophy (1531)

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