Inspirational Philo of Alexandria quotes

Philo of Alexandria quotes
Philo of Alexandria quotes

Philo of Alexandria (c. 25 BCE – c. 50 CE), also called Philo Judaeus, was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, in the Roman province of Egypt. This post features some Inspirational Philo of Alexandria quotes. Philo thought that God created and governed the world through mediators. Logos is the chief among them, the next to God, demiurge of the world. Logos is immaterial, an adequate image of God, his shadow, his firstborn son. Being the mind of the Eternal, Logos is imperishable. He is neither uncreated as God is, nor created as men are, but occupies a middle position. He has no autonomous power, only an entrusted one.

Philo used philosophical allegory to attempt to fuse and harmonize Greek philosophy with Jewish philosophy. His method followed the practices of both Jewish exegesis and Stoic philosophy. His allegorical exegesis was important for several Christian Church Fathers, but he has barely any reception history within Rabbinic Judaism. He believed that literal interpretations of the Hebrew Bible would stifle humanity’s view and perception of a God too complex and marvelous to be understood in literal human terms.

Philo probably was the first philosopher who identified Plato’s ideas with Creator’s thoughts. These thoughts make the contents of Logos; they were the seals for making sensual things during world creation. Logos resembles a book with creature paradigms. Architect’s design before the construction of a city serves to Philo as another simile of Logos. Since creation, Logos binds things together. As the receptacle and holder of ideas, Logos is distinct from the material world. At the same time, Logos pervades the world, supporting it.

Philo represents the apex of Jewish-Hellenistic syncretism. His work attempts to combine Plato and Moses into one philosophical system. His ethics were strongly influenced by Aristotelianism and Stoicism, preferring a morality of virtues without passions, such as lust/desire and anger, but with a “common human sympathy”.

Philo of Alexandria quotes
Philo of Alexandria quotes

Inspirational Philo of Alexandria quotes

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Bodies have men as their masters, souls their vices and passions.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Those in whom anger or desire or any other passion, or again any insidious vice holds sway, are entirely enslaved, while all whose life is regulated by law are free.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“He who has God alone for his leader, he alone is free.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Nothing will a man rue more than refusal to listen to the wise.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“If one looks with a penetrating eye into the facts, he will clearly perceive that no two things are so closely akin as independence of action and freedom, because the bad man has a multitude of encumbrances, such as love of money or reputation and pleasure, while the good man has none at all. He stands defiant and triumphant.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“A Judge must bear in mind that when he tries a case he is himself on trial.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Emotions become more violent when expression is stifled.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“The road that leads to pleasure is downhill and very easy, with the result that one does not walk but is dragged along; the other which leads to self-control is uphill, toilsome no doubt but profitable exceedingly. The one carries us away, forced lower and lower as it drives us down its steep incline, till it flings us off on to the level ground at its foot; the other leads heavenwards the immortal who have not fainted on the way and have had the strength to endure the roughness of the hard ascent.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“I know that God exists. I know that I have never invented anything. I have been a medium by which these things were given to the culture as fast as the culture could earn them. I give all the credit to God.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Learning is by nature curiosity… prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“As parents in private life teach wisdom to their children, so do [poets] in public life to their cities.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Learning is by nature curiosity… prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained.”
Philo of Alexandria

“The body is the soul’s house. Shouldn’t we therefore take care of our house so that it doesn’t fall into ruin?”
― Philo of Alexandria

“What God is to the world, parents are to their children.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“It would be a sign of great simplicity to think that the world was created in six days, or indeed at all in time; Time is a thing posterior to the world. Therefore it would be correctly said that the world was not created in time, but that time had its existence in consequence of the world. For it is the motion of the heaven that has displayed the nature of time.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Every virtuous man is free.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“The majority, who through the blindness of their reason do not discern the damages which the soul has sustained, only feel the pain of external injuries, because the faculty of judgment, which alone can enable them to apprehend the damage to the mind, is taken from them.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Even the great king will appear as the poorest of men if compared with a single virtue. For his wealth is soulless, buried deep in store-houses and recesses of the earth, but the wealth of virtue lies in the sovereign part of the soul, and the purest part of existence.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“God welcomes genuine service, and that is the service of a soul that offers the bare and simple sacrifice of truth; but from false service, the mere display of material wealth, He turns away.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“The air is full of souls those who are nearest to earth descending to be tied to mortal bodies return to other bodies, desiring to live in them.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Money, it has been said, is the cause of good things to a good man, of evil things to a bad man.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“He who tries to flee from God takes refuge in himself.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Remorse for what is done is useless.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“Households, cities, countries and nations have enjoyed great happiness, when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. Such men not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.”
― Philo of Alexandria

“There is no sweeter delight than that the soul should be charged through and through with justice, exercising itself in her eternal principles and doctrines and leaving no vacant place into which injustice can make its way.”
― Philo of Alexandria

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  1. I love this! Soo I nominated you for the 3 quotes for 3 days challenge
    The rules of this 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE are

    3 Quotes for 3 days.

    3 Nominees each day.(No repetition)

    Thank the person who nominated you.

    Inform the nominees

    Good luck. Happy blogging!

    Reply

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