Origen (184 – 253) was an early Christian scholar, ascetic, and theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria. Although very little is known for certain about his life, he is recognized as a prolific writer and one of the most influential figures in early Christian theology. Two of his best known works are On the First Principles, the first ever systematic exposition of Christian theology, and the Hexapla, a comparative study of various translations of the Old Testament. He founded the Christian School of Caesarea, where he taught logic, cosmology, natural history, and theology.
Quotes by Origen…
The saints are the living ones, and the living ones are the saints.
Can a person or a thing, regarded in its solidity, avoid being seen when it comes before our eyes? The higher divine realities on the other hand, even when they are in front of us, can be perceived only with their own consent. It depends entirely on them whether they are seen or hidden. It was by grace that God revealed himself to Abraham and the other prophets. The eye of the heart itself did not allow Abraham to see God, but the grace of God was offered spontaneously to the gaze of that righteous man.
Men make little effort to exercise their intellect, or they imagine they possess knowledge before they really learn, the consequence being that they never begin to have knowledge.
There is a divine sense higher than human sense, that enables those of pure heart to see God.
Fall in love with Wisdom and she will keep you… put her around you, and she will exalt you… honor her that she may embrace you… For what can anyone find shameful in the love of Wisdom or in the person who professes himself a “lover” of wisdom?