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"To know thyself/oneself is a greater miracle than raising one from the dead."


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#1 Barbara S.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:32 AM

Can anyone help me with this quote? "To know thyself [or oneself] is a greater miracle than raising one from the dead." I have heard it - or something close to it - for years. My son is writing an essay on Robinson Crusoe, and he thought this would be a great theme for the essay. However, we cannot find "WHO" actually said it. Some have suggested St. Sava, or St. Savas or St. Sabba. But I can't find anything like this from them. I found a quote from St. Isaac of Syria which contains part of this, and another from St. John Chrysostom which covers another part - but nothing w/ the same meaning as this quote. Any ideas? Do you know of a Patristic quote which communicates something similar? Thanks you for your help!

As usual, I am never sure "where" to post my questions. If this does not belong here, feel free to move it. Thank you and forgive me please.

With much love in Christ ~
Barbara

#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

I don't think it's at all an exact quote from anyone but St Isaac says as much in Homily 68 in 'The Ascetical Homilies'.

#3 Michael Stickles

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

The only places I've seen a statement like that with attribution, match what Andreas said.

#4 Owen Jones

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Is homily 68 available online, Andreas?

#5 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:30 PM

Haven't been able to find it.

#6 Barbara S.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:50 PM

Thank you all!




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