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1688 - 1772, Swedish scientist and philosopher

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
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The divine essence itself is love and wisdom.
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True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
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So far as any one shuns evil, so far he does good.
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Man is so created that as to his internal he cannot die; for he is capable of believing in God,
and thus of being conjoined to God by faith and love, and to be conjoined to God is to live to
eternity.
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A man after death, is not a natural but a spiritual man; nevertheless he still appears in all
respects like himself.
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Goodness and love mould the form into their own image, and cause the joy and beauty of
love to shine forth from every part of the face.
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What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world
when he becomes a spirit.
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The human race is the seminary of heaven, will appear from a subsequent article, in which it
will be shown, that heaven and hell are from the human race, and that therefore the human
race is the seminary of heaven.
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Angelic happiness is in service, from service, and according to service.
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The end of creation is that all things may return to the Creator and be united with Him.
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Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.
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To have dominion by religion, is to have dominion over men's souls, thus over their very
spiritual life, and to use the divine things, which are in their religion, as the means.
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All union is effected by love, and love is not love without trust.
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Love consists in this - that its own should be another's; to feel the joy of another as joy in
oneself, that is loving.
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Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get
anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner
desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
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Man, before he is being regenerated, does not even know that any internal man exists, much
less is he acquainted with its nature and quality.
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In the spiritual body moreover, man appears such as he is with respect to love and faith, for
everyone in the spiritual world is the effigy of his own love, not only as to the face and the
body, but also as to the speech and the actions.
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The church of the Lord is spread over all the globe, and is thus universal; and all those are in
it who have lived in the good of charity in accordance with their religion.
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He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil.
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I have often talked with angels on this subject, and they have invariably declared that in
heaven they are unable to divide the Divine into three, because they know and perceive that
the Divine is One and this One is in the Lord.
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Such as the love is, such is the wisdom, consequently such is the man.
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Charity means love towards the neighbor and compassion, for anyone who loves his neighbor
as himself also has as much compassion for him in his suffering as he does for himself in his
own.
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Conscience is God's presence in man.
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You are what you love, and you love whatever you give your attention to.
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The human race is the basis on which heaven is founded, because man was last created, and
that which is last created is the basis of all that precedes.
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Angels from their wisdom go still further. They say that not only every thing good and true is
from the Lord, but every thing of life as well.
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Peace holds within itself trust in the Lord, the trust that He governs all things and provides all
things, and that He leads towards an end that is good.
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That every man after the life in the world lives to eternity, is evident from this, that man is
then spiritual, and no longer natural, and that the spiritual man, separated from the natural,
remains such as he is to eternity, for man's state cannot be changed after death.
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