A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
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- This fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.
- Demetrius, Acts 19:24-26
- And now I will try to defend myself against them: these new accusers must also have their affidavit read. What do they say? Something of this sort: - That Socrates is a doer of evil, and corrupter of the youth, and he does not believe in the gods of the state, and has other new divinities of his own.
- I will obey the god rather than you, and as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy.
- Still I hear a voice saying that the gods cannot be deceived, neither can they be compelled. But what if there are no gods? or, suppose them to have no care of human things.
- Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing whether they exist or not or of what sort they may be, because of the obscurity of the subject, and the brevity of human life.
- The gods of the Greeks and Romans and other nations were gods guilty of rape, murder, theft and every other kind of wickedness.