Plotinus Quotes


Withdraw into yourself and look.
Plotinus
It is in virtue of unity that beings are beings.
Plotinus
Life is the flight of the alone to the alone.
Plotinus
Act is determined by the higher phase of the Soul.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Wherever it lies, under earth or over earth, the body will always rot.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Beauty is established in multitude when the many is reduced into one.
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)
It is by participation of species that we call every sensible object beautiful
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)
I am striving to give back the Divine in myself to the Divine in the All.
Plotinus (Supposedly his last words, 270)
If a fire is to warm something else, must there be a fire to warm that fire?
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
What, then, must be the condition of that being, who beholds the beautiful itself?
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)
God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
God is not in a certain place, but wherever anything is able to come into contact with him there he is present.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Everyone therefore must become divine, and of godlike beauty, before he can gaze upon a god and the beautiful itself.
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)
Let us, therefore, re-ascend to the good itself, which every soul desires; and in which it can alone find perfect repose.
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)

Plotinus Quote: Beauty is established in multitude when the many... Plotinus Quote: All teems with symbol; the wise...

All teems with symbol; the wise man is the man who in any one thing can read another.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
There exists no single human being that does not either potentially or effectively possess this thing we hold to constitute happiness.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
To make the existence and coherent structure of this Universe depend upon automatic activity and upon chance is against all good sense.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
At this there would be a Socrates as long as Socrates' soul remained in body; but Socrates ceases to exist, precisely on attainment of the highest.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Perhaps, the good and the beautiful are the same, and must be investigated by one and the same process; and in like manner the base and the evil.
Plotinus (An Essay on the Beautiful)
For man, and especially the Proficient, is not the Couplement of Soul and body: the proof is that man can be disengaged from the body and disdain its nominal goods
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
We’re beautiful when we’re truly ourselves;
we’re beautiful when we know ourselves
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
All things and events are foreshown and brought into being by causes; but the causation is of two Kinds; there are results originating from the Soul and results due to other causes, those of the environment.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
But humanity, in reality, is poised midway between gods and beasts, and inclines now to the one order, now to the other; some men grow like to the divine, others to the brute, the greater number stand neutral.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
But if Soul is sinless, how come the expiations? Here surely is a contradiction; on the one side the Soul is above all guilt; on the other, we hear of its sin, its purification, its expiation; it is doomed to the lower world, it passes from body to body.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
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


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
Every living thing is a combination of soul and body-kind: the celestial sphere, therefore, if it is to be everlasting as an individual entity must be so in virtue either of both these constituents or of one of them, by the combination of soul and body or by soul only or by body only.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
No: the body has acquired life, it is the body that will acquire, with life, sensation and the affections coming by sensation. Desire, then, will belong to the body, as the objects of desire are to be enjoyed by the body. And fear, too, will belong to the body alone; for it is the body's doom to fail of its joys and to perish.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
I am made by a God: from that God I came perfect above all forms of life, adequate to my function, self-sufficing, lacking nothing: for I am the container of all, that is, of every plant and every animal, of all the Kinds of created things, and many Gods and nations of Spirit-Beings and lofty souls and men happy in their goodness.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)
Mathematics, which as a student by nature he will take very easily, will be prescribed to train him to abstract thought and to faith in the unembodied; a moral being by native disposition, he must be led to make his virtue perfect; after the Mathematics he must be put through a course in Dialectic and made an adept in the science.
Plotinus (The Enneads, 270)



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Plotinus Biography

Born: 204
Died: 270

Plotinus was an ancient Greek philosopher. He is best known for being one of the first neoplatonists. His philosophy has been highly influential in various philosophical traditions throughout history.

Notable Works

The Enneads (270)
An Essay on the Beautiful

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