There is only one Truth, whose existence requires no proof, because it is of itself proof enough to those who are capable of perceiving it. Why should we enter into complexity to seek for that which is simple? The sages say: Ignis et Azoth tibi sufficiunt (the Fire and the First Matter are sufficient). The body is already in your possession. All that you require is the Fire and the Air.
Great is the error of those who imagine that the Philosopher's Stone can be hardened without being first dissolved; their time and labor is wasted.
Art may be the handmaid of nature, but cannot supplant her mistress. Art without nature is always unnatural. Nature without art is not always perfect.
The nature of a tree cannot be changed by trimming the branches or by the addition of ornaments; it can be improved only by improving the soil upon which it grows or by grafting. These are operations of art.
There is no other actual knowledge than the knowledge of self. Every being can only truly realize its own existence but not that of any element entirely foreign to it.
Nature is the product of emotion. At the moment in which eternal motion should cease, all Nature would cease to exist. He who does not know the motions that are taking place in his body is a stranger in his own house.
The One is greater than all the rest of the numbers, for from it an infinite variety of mathematical magnitudes may be evolved. Yet no change is possible without the all-pervading presence of the One, whose qualities are manifest in its manifestations.
An animal cannot became divine before it becomes human. That which is unnatural must become natural before its nature can become spiritual.
The self-will, opposed to the divine Will, must cease before the divine Will can enter into the heart. We must become unsophisticated, like children, before the wind of wisdom can speak in our mind.
Thus Fermentation will be induced. The Law of Induction rules in all departments of nature.
True asceticism consists in giving up that which one does not want after having received something better.
The Light cannot shine through matter unless the matter has become sufficiently refined to allow the passage of its rays.
Nothing does come out of nothing. The creation of a new form is conditioned by the destruction (transformation) of the old one.
It is only through the seed that the fruit bearing more seeds comes into existence.
Matter produces nothing unless penetrated by power. Nature creates nothing unless impregnated by Spirit. Thought remains unproductive unless rendered active by Will.
Each thing in Nature is attracted by its own nature represented in other things. Colors and sounds of a similar nature form harmonious units; substances that are related with each other can be combined; animals of the same genus associate with each other; and spiritual powers unite with their own kindred germs.
Only in the innermost sanctuary of the soul will the mystery of the spirit be revealed.
Stagnation is death. The stone thrown into the water forms progressively radiating circles, which are produced by vibrating motion. The soul that cannot be moved cannot be elevated, and it becomes petrified.
The great Arcanum (Secret of Secrets) is a celestial spirit, descending from the sun, the moon, and the store, and which is brought into perfection in the saturnine object by continuous boiling until it attains the state of sublimation and power necessary to transform the base metals into gold. This operation is performed by the Secret Fire. The separation of the subtle from the gross must be done carefully, adding continually Water, for the more earthly the materials are, the more must they be diluted and made to move. Continue this process until the separated soul is re-united with the body.
It is the same Water over which the Spirit of God moved in the Beginning, when darkness was upon the face of the deep.
That which is earthy comes from the Earth; that which belongs to the star is obtained from the stars; that which is spiritual comes from the Spirit and returns to God.
Mere imitations cannot produce genuine results. Merely imaginary love, wisdom, and power can only be effective in the realm of pompous illusions.
Art accomplishes by means of Nature the which Nature is unable to accomplish if unaided by art.
There is only one eternal, unchangeable Truth. It may appear under many different aspects; but in that case it is not the Truth that changes, it is we who change our modes of conceiving of it.
It should be pure of grossly material elements, indestructible by doubt, and incapable of being burned up in the fire of passion.
Only at the center of the fruit is the seed to be found.
Those that are wise are seeking for it in the Mercury of their lives; the fool seeks to create it out of his own empty brain.
The growth of the metals is very slow, but it may be hastened by the addition of patience.
Crude Mercury, such as is usually found in civilized countries, is perfectly useless for this work, just as worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of the Lord.
This is a very painful and tedious process because it is necessary to remove even the root of evil, and this causes the heart to bleed and tortured Nature to cry out.
Solutio Sulphuris Sapientium in Mercurio (The sulfuric solution produces mercurial wisdom). A science without life is a dead science; an intellect without spirituality is only a false and borrowed light.
Fire and Water must be made to combine; thought and love must remain forever united.
Coldness contracts and dryness hardens the heart, but the Fire of divine love expands it, and the Water of thought dissolves any residue.
No revelation takes place in the darkness except through the Light.
The body itself is a product of thought, and has therefore the closest affinity with the mind.
The One, from which all things me produced, is perfect; and therefore all things contain within themselves the tendency and possibility for perfection.
A soul cannot develop and progress without an appropriate body, because it is the physical body that furnishes the material for its development.
First comes mortification and Calcination, and afterwards the golden glow produced by the Light of the Secret Fire illuminating the purified soul.
It is the Fire that descends from heaven to bless all mankind.
The substance used for the preparation of the Philosopher's Stone should be collected only in one place and not be dispersed in many places. If the gold has even once lost its brightness, it is difficult to restore it.
41. The vessel should be well closed, so that the Water may not run out of it nor the Air escape. It ought to be hermetically sealed, because if the spirit were to find a place to escape, the power would be lost. And furthermore should it be closed, so that nothing foreign and impure can enter and become mixed with it.
There should always be put at the door of the laboratory a sentinel with a flaming sword to examine all visitors, and to reject those that are not worthy to be admitted.
If the vessel is prematurely opened, most of the labor is lost.
Divine wisdom is inexhaustible; limitation exists only in the capacity of the form to receive it.