‘The Good Is Gentle And Kindly And Gracious’

“The Good is gentle and kindly and gracious and present to anyone when he wishes. Beauty brings wonder and shock and pleasure mingled with pain, and even draws those who do not know what is happening away from the Good, as the beloved draws a child away from its father: for Beauty is younger. But the Good is older, not in time but in truth, and has the prior power; for It has all power”.

From ‘Plotinus: A Volume of Selections in a New English Translation’ by A. H. Armstrong

‘the One is not being but the Generator of being’

“the One is not being but the Generator of being. This, we may say, is the first act of generation. The One, perfect because It seeks nothing, has nothing, and needs nothing overflows, as it were, and Its superabundance makes something other than Itself.

From Plotinus: A Volume of Selections in a New English Translation by A. H. Armstrong