- The course of history as a whole is no object of experience; history has no eidos, because the course of history extends into the unknown future.
- Eric Voegelin (1987), The New Science of Politics: An Introduction, ISBN 0226861147, p. 120
- The death of the spirit is the price of progress.
- Eric Voegelin (1987), The New Science of Politics: An Introduction, ISBN 0226861147, p. 131
- Philosophy springs from the love of being; it is man's loving endeavor to perceive the order of being and attune himself to it. Gnosis desires dominion over being; in order to seize control of being the Gnostic constructs his system. The building of systems is a gnostic form of reasoning, not a philosophical one.
- Eric Voegelin (1999), Science, Politics, and Gnosticism in The Collected Works, Vol. 5: Modernity Without Restraint, edited by Manfred Henningsen, ISBN 082621245X, p. 273.
- Christ is the head of the corpus mysticum, which includes all men from the beginning of the world to its end. He is not the president of a special-interest club.
- Eric Voegelin (1999), The Collected Works, Vol. 31: Hitler and the Germans, edited and translated by Detlev Clemens and Brandon Purcell, ISBN 0826212166, p. 200.
- 'The order of history is the history of order.'