Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"Dr. Schliemann, the enthusiastic Hellenist, has recently found, in his excavations in the Troad, abundant evidences of the same gradual change from babarism to civilization, and from civilization to barbarism again.   Why then should we feel so reluctant to admit the possibility that, if the antediluvians were so much better versed than ourselves in [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"They divided the interminable periods of human existence on this planet into cycles, during each of which mankind gradually reached the culminating point of highest civilization and gradually relapsed into abject barbarism.   To what eminence that race in its progress had several times arrived may be feebly surmised by the wonderful monuments of old, [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"As it is claimed to be unphilosophical to inquire into first causes, scientists now occupy themselves with considering their physical effects. The field of scientific investigation is therefore bounded by physical nature. When once its limits are reached, enquiry must stop, and their work be recommenced.   With all due respect to our learned men, [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"It has lately been the fashion to speak of "the untenable conceptions of an uncultivated past."  As though it were possible to hide behind an epigram the intellectual quarries out of which the reputations of so many modern philosophers have been carved!   Just as Tyndall is ever ready to disparage ancient philosophers - for [...]