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God is a term used in referring to various notions of a supreme being, often described to be the ruler or creator of the universe, or immanent within it.
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- Quotations listed alphabetically by author or work.
- In the Beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
- "Does God know he [exists]?" "Of course he does. Otherwise, you could not have asked the question, and I could not have answered."
- When I observe into what inconsistent absurdities those persons run who make speculative, metaphysical religion a matter of importance, I am fully determined never to puzzle myself in the mazes of religious discussion, [and] to content myself with practicing the dictates of God and reason so far as I can judge for myself...
- Facts are the words of God, and we may heap them together endlessly, but they will teach us little or nothing till we place them in their true relations, and recognize the thought that binds them together.
- It is the job of prophets and scientists alike to proclaim the glories of God
- "We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last."
- God will not place a burden on a man's shoulders knowing that he cannot carry it.
- God is either cruel or incompetent.
- How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
- If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
- Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
- God is not a limited individual who sits alone up in the clouds on a golden throne. God is pure Consciousness that dwells within everything. Understanding this truth, learn to accept and love everyone equally.
- I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony, in an address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1896)
- I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.
- Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
- To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- A God who cannot smile could not have created this humorous universe.
- Sri Aurobindo, in Thoughts and Aphorisms
- In God alone, essence (what He is) and existence (that he is) coincide.
- God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change.
- God alone is real, nothing matters but love for God.
- It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion; for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate, and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.
- There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.
- I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that if God would have existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.
- Mikhail Bakunin in "On God and the State"
- The orthodox faith painted God as a revengeful being, and yet people talk about loving such a being.
- That men should live honestly, quietly, and comfortably together, it is needful that they should live under a sense of God's will, and in awe of the divine power, hoping to please God, and fearing to offend Him, by their behaviour respectively.
- Isaac Barrow Teacher of Newton
- Stop telling God what to do with his dice.
- When with bold telescopes I survey the old and newly discovered stars and planets, when with excellent microscopes I discern the unimitable subtility of nature’s curious workmanship; and when, in a word, by the help of anatomical knives, and the light of chemical furnaces, I study the book of nature, I find myself oftentimes reduced to exclaim with the Psalmist, ‘How manifold are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all!
- An outlook through this peephole [that manned space flight had opened] at the vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator. I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.
- God's merits are so transcendent that it is not surprising his faults should be in reasonable proportion.
- Samuel Butler "Rebelliousness" in Note-Books (1912)
- God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
- At best, God can be viewed as nothing more than an uncaring incompetent father-figure
- Religion has never really had a big problem with murder. Not really. More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.
- Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money!
- Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.
- Nihil est, quod deus efficere non possit - there is nothing god cannot do
- God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
- Emile Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born
- I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
- Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God — but to create Him.
- I've steered clear of God. He was an incredible sadist.
- We spoke to God about the children, and we were afraid to ask God for specific things. We thought that it might be too much. So we said to God 'Please give us a healthy child' and left it at that, not knowing that God is a generous God, but also has a sense of humor. And if you leave that much open for God, some wonderful jokes are going to come about.
- Realization of Happiness Itself Is Realization of God, Truth, or Reality Itself
- I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
- I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.
- A man who recognizes no God is probably placing an inordinate value on himself.
- Robertson Davies in Conversations
- The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
- Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion
- Nothing is discovered without God’s intention and assistance, and I suppose every new knowledge of His works that is conceded to man to be distinctly a revelation by which men are to guide themselves.
- They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
- Emily Dickinson Letter to Mrs. J. G. Holland [L551] (Spring 1878)
- It is solemn to remember that Vastness —
Is but the Shadow of the Brain which casts it —
All things swept sole away
This — is immensity —
- Emily Dickinson Letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson [L551] (1881)
- If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.
- Marlene Dietrich, as quoted in Rave magazine (November 1986)
- God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
- God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
- With God, every moment is the moment of beginning again.
- God says do what you wish, but make the wrong choice and you will be tortured for eternity in hell. That, sir, is not free will. It would be akin to a man telling his girlfriend, 'Do what you wish, but if you choose to leave me, I will track you down and blow your brains out.' When a man says this we call him a psychopath and cry out for his imprisonment/execution. When a god says the same, we call him loving and build churches in his honor.
- Computer programmer, Chuck Easttom (William C. Easttom II)
- If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and fears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infinite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible.
- Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"
- Before God we are all equally wise — and equally foolish
- I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.
- Albert Einstein (24 April 1929)
- I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science.
My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance — but for us, not for God.
- I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him.
- Albert Einstein, Letter to Edgar Meyer (2 January 1915)
- It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
- Albert Einstein from a letter to an atheist, written in English (24 March 1954). It is included in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman
- My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.
- Albert Einstein, Letter to M. Berkowitz (25 October 1950)
- Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the Old One. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.
- The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man.
- Albert Einstein
- Variant translation: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to... If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked... If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?... If he is unable to do either, then why call him 'God'?
- If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are always praying for evil against one another.
- God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
- Exodus 3:14 (King James Version)
- Variant: God said to Moses, 'I will be what I will be'
- When people expect God to plan their lives for them, and protect them, they tend to lose their motivation to guide and control their own lives.
- God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
- "God" in Futurama
- I looked and looked but I didn't see God.
- Yuri Gagarin after becoming the first person to orbit the Earth. Sometimes misquoted as "I don't see any God up here" as if he said this in space, but there are no transcripts or recordings indicating that he ever did.
- I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them.
- Mathematics is the language in which God wrote the universe.
- It is beyond my power to induce in you a belief in God. There are certain things which are self proved and certain which are not proved at all. The existence of God is like a geometrical axiom. It may be beyond our heart grasp. I shall not talk of an intellectual grasp. Intellectual attempts are more or less failures, as a rational explanation cannot give you the faith in a living God. For it is a thing beyond the grasp of reason. It transcends reason. There are numerous phenomena from which you can reason out the existence of God, but I shall not insult your intelligence by offering you a rational explanation of that type. I would have you brush aside all rational explanations and begin with a simple childlike faith in God. If I exist, God exists. With me it is a necessity of my being as it is with millions. They may not be able to talk about it, but from their life you can see that it is a part of their life. I am only asking you to restore the belief that has been undermined. In order to do so, you have to unlearn a lot of literature that dazzles your intelligence and throws you off your feet. Start with the faith which is also a token of humility and an admission that we know nothing, that we are less than atoms in this universe. We are less than atoms, I say, because the atom obeys the law of its being, whereas we in the insolence of our ignorance deny the law of nature. But I have no argument to address to those who have no faith.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Young India (24 September 1931); also in Teachings Of Mahatma Gandhi (1945), edited by Jag Parvesh Chander, p. 458
- Give according to your means, or God will make your means according to your giving.
- Reverend John Hall
- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is 'God is crying.' And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is 'Probably because of something you did.'
- Futurist Aldo Palazzeschi... exhorts us in L'antidolore (1913) to laugh heartily at the mortality built into the plan of creation not out of spite, as has traditionally been the case, but because suffering and death are nothing but pranks of the prime trickster, God. If anything it is the devil who is the spirit of gravity, and it is in taking him seriously that we plummet from grace.
- I've never understood how God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion by faith — it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
- Men rarely (if ever) managed to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
- How much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in his divine system of creation?
- Joseph Heller, Catch 22
- Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition.
- Consciousness is Gods’ gift to mankind.
- Dr. Albert Hofmann discoverer of LSD. (15 January 2006)
- God only speaks to those who understand the language
- Dr. Albert Hofmann discoverer of LSD. (15 January 2006)
- Never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossibility to do that thing.
- Dr. J.A. Holmes
- All laws for the purpose of making man worship God, are born of the same spirit that kindled the fires of the auto da fe, and lovingly built the dungeons of the Inquisition. All laws defining and punishing blasphemy — making it a crime to give your honest ideas about the Bible, or to laugh at the ignorance of the ancient Jews, or to enjoy yourself on the Sabbath, or to give your opinion of Jehovah, were passed by impudent bigots, and should be at once repealed by honest men. An infinite God ought to be able to protect himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.
- An honest God is the noblest work of man.
- I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves.
- I have made up my mind that if there is a God, he will be merciful to the merciful.
Upon that rock I stand.
That he will not torture the forgiving.
Upon that rock I stand.
That every man should be true to himself, and that there is no world, no star, in which honesty is a crime.
Upon that rock I stand.
The honest man, the good woman, the happy child, have nothing to fear, either in this world or the world to come.
Upon that rock I stand.
- The old doctrine that God wanted man to do something for him, and that he kept a watchful eye upon all the children of men; that he rewarded the virtuous and punished the wicked, is gradually fading from the mind. We know that some of the worst men have what the world calls success. We know that some of the best men lie upon the straw of failure. We know that honesty goes hungry, while larceny sits at the banquet. We know that the vicious have every physical comfort, while the virtuous are often clad in rags.
- Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.
- Robert Ingersoll (14 October 1879)
- I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create calamity: I the LORD do all these things.
- Isaiah 45:5-7 (King James Version)
- Variant: I am the Lord and there is no other. Who forms light and creates darkness, Who makes peace and creates calamity; I am the Lord, who makes all these.
- When gods quarrel, it is the mortals who suffer
- The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
- Thomas Jefferson, Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774)
- It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
- Thomas Jefferson, Query 17 in Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)
- Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
- Thomas Jefferson, Query 18 in Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)
- Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his nephew Peter Carr from Paris, France, (10 August 1787).
- No historical fact is better established, than that the doctrine of one God, pure and uncompounded, was that of the early ages of Christianity … Nor was the unity of the Supreme Being ousted from the Christian creed by the force of reason, but by the sword of civil government, wielded at the will of the fanatic Athanasius.
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Smith (1822)
- The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of man.
- 1. That there is one only God, and he all perfect.
- 2. That there is a future state of rewards and punishments.
- 3. That to love God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself, is the sum of religion.
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Benjamin Waterhouse, (26 June 1822)
- Some foolish men declare that creator made the world. The doctrine that the world was created is ill advised and should be rejected. If God created the world, where was he before the creation? If you say he was transcendent then and needed no support, where is he now? How could God have made this world without any raw material? If you say that he made this first, and then the world, you are faced with an endless regression. If you declare that this raw material arose naturally you fall into another fallacy, For the whole universe might thus have been its own creator, and have arisen quite naturally. If God created the world by an act of his own will, without any raw material, then it is just his will and nothing else — and who will believe this silly nonsense? If he is ever perfect and complete, how could the will to create have arisen in him? If, on the other hand, he is not perfect, he could no more create the universe than a potter could. If he is form-less, action-less and all-embracing, how could he have created the world? Such a soul, devoid of all morality, would have no desire to create anything. If he is perfect, he does not strive for the three aims of man, so what advantage would he gain by creating the universe? If you say that he created to no purpose because it was his nature to do so, then God is pointless. If he created in some kind of sport, it was the sport of a foolish child, leading to trouble. If he created because of the karma of embodied beings [acquired in a previous creation] He is not the Almighty Lord, but subordinate to something else. If out of love for living beings and need of them he made the world, why did he not take creation wholly blissful free from misfortune? If he were transcendent he would not create, for he would be free: Nor if involved in transmigration, for then he would not be almighty. Thus the doctrine that the world was created by God makes no sense at all, And God commits great sin in slaying the children whom he himself created. If you say that he slays only to destroy evil beings, why did he create such beings in the first place? Good men should combat the believer in divine creation, maddened by an evil doctrine. Know that the world is uncreated, as time itself is, without beginning or end, and is based on the principles, life and rest. Uncreated and indestructible, it endures under the compulsion of its own nature.
- The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
- John of the Cross in The Sayings of Light and Love as translated by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (1991)
- It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him.
- Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
- It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
- Reason can never prove the existence of God.
- The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend — and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him. The uses of prayer are thus only subjective.
- I had the intention of becoming a theologian...but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy, for 'the heavens declare the glory of God.'
- [God] is the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing."
- "The Creator, the fountain of all wisdom, the approver of perpetual order, the eternal and superessential spring of geometry and harmonics."
- God is cruel, sometimes he makes you live.
- Desperation, by Stephen King
- God said take what you want...and pay for it.
- "Johnny Marinville" in Desperation, by Stephen King
- We say the name of God, but that is only out of habit.
- It isn't always the middle-aged who refuse to listen, who will not even try to understand another point of view. One boy would not get it through his head that for all adults God is not an old man in a white beard sitting on a cloud. As far as this boy was concerned, this old gentleman was the adult's god, and therefore he did not believe in God.
- Madeleine L'Engle in The Crosswicks Journal, Book One : A Circle of Quiet (1972)
- God is only a great imaginative experience.
- D.H. Lawrence, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence (1936) pt. 4, edited by E. McDonald
- God created the world and then created the devil, to blame for his mistakes.
- God is love, but get it in writing.
- God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
- John Lennon, God (1970)
- God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
- God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.
- If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will... then we may take it it is worth paying.
- Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label "God" there and consider the matter solved? Does not the word "God" only confuse and make more difficult the solution by assuming a conclusion that is utterly groundless and palpably absurd?
- Joseph Lewis, The Philosophy of Atheism
- I can see how it might be possible for someone to look around on earth and not believe in God, but I cannot conceive how anyone could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
- You notice how God's not around anymore? He spends all that time playing with Adam and Eve and the Israelites and smiting cities and things and has got bored over the last... recorded history or so. I wonder if he has new toys? And if so, are the old toys still going to be wanted when we show up to cash in the "life everafter" tokens.
- Katie Lucas
- I believe our limited minds are unable to grasp such a concept
- I'm not against God. I'm against the Misuse of God.
- If, it was natural to reason, God punishes men with eternal torment, it is surely lawful for men to use doses of it in a good cause.
- Joseph McCabe in A History of Torture.
- Creator — A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.
- H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30 (1949)
- God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in his arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.
- H. L. Mencken, Minority Report (1956)
- When people ask what my beliefs are, I respond that if I try to explain I would get lost.
- Edgar Mendez
- To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love.
Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.
- Thomas Merton in Seeds of Contemplation (1949)
- O God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
- Thomas Merton, in his closing prayer to an informal address delivered in Calcutta, India (October 1968), from The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton (1975); quoted in Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master : The Essential Writings (1992), p. 237
- God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them.
- And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.
- There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided.
- Charles de Montesquieu, Lettres persannes.
- One thing I can't stand, it's people groveling.
- God, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all, and on account of His dominion He is wont to be called Lord God, Universal Ruler."
- The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation.
- It seems probable to me that God in the beginning formed matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, movable particles, of such sizes and figures, and with such other properties, and in such proportion to space, as most conduced to the end to which he formed them."
- A Heavenly Master governs all the world as Sovereign of the universe. We are astonished at Him by reason of His perfection, we honor Him and fall down before Him because of His unlimited power. From blind physical necessity, which is always and everywhere the same, no variety adhering to time and place could evolve, and all variety of created objects which represent order and life in the universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, Whom I call the Lord God.
- God is a thought which makes crooked all that is straight.
- Friedrich Nietzsche "Upon the Blessed Isles", Thus Spoke Zarathustra
- God is dead: but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.
- I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
- Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?
- God's just a mean kid with a magnifying glass. And we're the ants.
- It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
- General George S. Patton, Jr.
- The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.
- Science brings men nearer to God.
- I cannot believe that God is a weak left-hander.
- Wolfgang Pauli after hearing of experiments that violated parity conservation
- For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse..
- Paul of Tarsus in Romans 1:20 (ASV)
- God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
- Paul of Tarsus in 1 John 1:5
- God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
- Paul of Tarsus in 1 John 4:16
- All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
- Max Planck, As he accepted the Nobel Prize (1919)
- I talk to God but the sky is empty.
- An honest man's the noblest work of God.
- The fool says in his heart "There is no God".
- Psalms 53:1
- Believe in God; Don't believe in beliefs!
- Prakash Sivarajan
- God! There is no god but He, — the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there that can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? he knoweth what before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme.
- God is an iron.
- God, that checkroom of our dreams.
- God is hope—that is what people turn to.
- Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone and you are a God.
- Jean Rostand, Thoughts of a Biologist (1939)
- If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts.
- Bertrand Russell, Religion and Science
- So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- We must be greater than God, for we have to undo His injustice.
- I think that if there were a God, there would be less evil on this earth. I believe that if evil exists here below, then either it was willed by God or it was beyond His powers to prevent it. Now I cannot bring myself to fear a God who is either spiteful or weak. I defy Him without fear and care not a fig for his thunderbolts.
- Marquis de Sade, Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue (1787) [This quote is strikingly similar to Epicurus' above.]
- The existence of the world without God seems to me less absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his perfection,creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of Hell.
- Armand Salacrou in Ceritudes et incertitudes (1943)
- Respectable society believed in God in order to avoid having to speak about him.
- Jean-Paul Sartre, The Words (1964)
- You don't fuck around with the infinite.
- [God is] a force more powerful than mom and dad put together.
- Lisa Simpson
- Lisa Simpson: I haven't stopped believing in God, I just think there's a different path to him...Or her.
Marge Simpson: HER?! [addressing God] She's just kidding, Mister Lord!
- Stan: Why would God let Kenny die, Chef? Why? Kenny's my Friend. Why can't God take someone else's friend?
Chef: Stan, sometime God take those closest to us, because it makes him feel better about Himself. He's a very vengeful God, Stan. He's all pissed off about something we did thousands of years ago. He just can't get over it. So he doesn't care who he takes: children, puppies, it don't matter to him, so long as it makes us sad. Do you understand?
Stan: Then why does God give us anything to start with?
Chef: Well, look at it this way: if you want to make a baby cry, first you give it a lollipop. Then, you take it away. If you never give it a lollipop to begin with, then you would have nothing to cry about. That's like God, who gives us life and love and health just so that he can tear it all away and make us cry, so he can drink the sweet milk of our tears...You see, it's our tears, Stan, that give God his great power.
Stan: I think I understand.
- It is sometimes hard, in times like these, to understand God's way. Why would he allow nine innocent people to be run down in the prime of their lives by a senior citizen who, perhaps, shouldn't be driving? It is then that we must understand, God's sense of humor is very different from our own. He does not laugh at the simple "man walks into a bar" joke. No, God needs complex irony and subtle farcical twists that seem macabre to you and me. All that we can hope for is that God got his good laugh and a tragedy such as this will never happen again.
- Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.~ Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza in Ethics Pt. I, prop. 15
- God and all attributes of God are eternal.
- Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza in Ethics Pt. I, prop. 19
- God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.~ Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza
- Things could not have been brought into being by God in any manner or in any order different from that which has in fact obtained.
- It is an insult to God to believe in God. For on the one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument — their intellect — which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education. For they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.
- Bondage and liberation are not antagonistic in love. For love is most free and at the same time most bound. If God were absolutely free there would be no creation. The infinite being has assumed unto himself the mystery of finitude. And in him who is love the finite and the infinite are made one.
- Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of humanity.
- I believe in a spiritual world — not as anything separate from this world — but as its innermost truth. With the breath we draw we must always feel this truth, that we are living in God.
- Those who have everything but thee, my God, laugh at those who have nothing but thyself. Rabindranath Tagore
- The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realisation of yoga, of union.
- The self-expression of God is in the endless variety of creation; and our attitude toward the Infinite Being must also in its expression have a variety of individuality ceaseless and unending. Those sects which jealously build their boundaries with too rigid creeds excluding all spontaneous movement of the living spirit may hoard their theology but they kill religion.
- Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.
- We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God.
- If you do not believe in a personal God the question: 'What is the purpose of life?' is unaskable and unanswerable.
- Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
- The Kingdom of God is within you... and all beings.
- The only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God; and this can be done only by means of the acknowledgment and profession of the truth by each one of us.
- God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.
God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God's manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.
God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists...
We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.
- Leo Tolstoy in his diary (1 November 1910)
- Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?
- I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
- If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
- I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.
- Don't you know there ain't no devil? There's only God when He's drunk.
- No reason can be given for the nature of God, because that nature is the ground of rationality.
- All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
- Tennessee Williams, in The Night of the Iguana
- I believe in God, only I spell it 'Nature'.
- Proverbs or widely known statements by unknown authors.
- Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
- English proverb
- God does not love those who have not suffered.
- Croatian Proverb
- God is lonesome. He loves the lone.
- Muslim proverb
- Trust in God but tie your camel.
- Muslim proverb (possibly attributed in the Masnavi of Rumi).
- I think I'll believe in Gosh instead of God. If you don't believe in Gosh too, you'll be darned to heck.
- If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.
- Yiddish proverb
- To make God laugh at you, tell him your plans.
- Yiddish proverb
- Black holes are where God is dividing by zero.
- God is real, unless you declare him an integer.