"I have never, to this day, read a word by Plotinus."

 Plotinus (c.204/5–270A.D.) was a Roman philosopher who is considered to be responsible for the revival of Plato's ideas known as Neoplatonism. His metaphysical writings influenced the mystical teachings of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, particularly through his philosophy of the 'One', a supreme, transcendant entity, linked to the idea of a single God in monotheistic religions.