For why should we not admire more the angels themselves and the blessed choirs of heaven?
The Pythagoreans degrade impious men into brutes and, if one is to believe Empedocles, even into plants.
Spiritual beings, either from the beginning or soon thereafter, become what they are to be for ever and ever.
On man when he came into life the Father conferred the seeds of all kinds and the germs of every way of life.
Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow to maturity and bear in him their own fruit. If they be vegetative, he will be like a plant.
If you see a philosopher determining all things by means of right reason, him you shall reverence: he is a heavenly being and not of this earth.
God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom.
It was not the part of His kindly love that he who was to praise God's divine generosity in regard to others should be compelled to condemn it in regard to himself.
But, when the work was finished, the Craftsman kept wishing that there were someone to ponder the plan of so great a work, to love its beauty, and to wonder at its vastness.
Admittedly great though these reasons be, they are not the principal grounds, that is, those which may rightfully claim for themselves the privilege of the highest admiration.