Quotations About / On:
Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Secret of a Train," Tremendous Trifles (1909).)
Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.
(Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).)
We are idiot, younger-sons of gods, begotten in dotages divine; and our mothers all miscarry.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 180, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
(Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Pelagea Vlasova, in The Mother, sc. 10.)
God is only the president of the day, and Webster is his orator.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Conclusion," Walden (1854).)
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
(Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Garden, Essays in Verse and Prose (1668).)
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
(Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. "Crabbed Age and Youth," Virginibus Puerisque (1881).)
For the gods, though slow to see, see well, whenever a man casting aside worship turns folly.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 1596.)
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
(George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).)
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
(Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Meeting in a Dream," Other Inquisitions (1952).)