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Quotations About / On: GOD

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    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).)
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  • 33.
    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).)
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  • 34.
    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.)
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  • 35.
    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).)
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  • 36.
    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).)
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  • 37.
    It is against the will of God that the East should be Christianized.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. journal, Jan. 23, 1857. Journals, vol. 15, The Writings of Herman Melville, eds. Howard C. Horsford and Lynn Horth (1989).)
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  • 38.
    Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Quoting an anonymous source, in "Of Friendship," Essays (1597-1625).)
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  • 39.
    To live without evil belongs only to the gods.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 683.)
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  • 40.
    Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
    (Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. quoted in Journal, Feb. 23, 1863, eds. Edmond and Charles Goncourt (1956). Said on his deathbed, in reply to a priest who had told him God would forgive his sins. The psychiatrist Sigmund Freud commented on this: "The force of the joke lies in its purpose. What it means to say is nothing else than: 'Of course he'll forgive me. That's what he's there for, and that's the only reason I've taken him on (as one engages one's doctor or one's lawyer).' So in the dying man, as he lay there powerless, a consciousness stirred that he had created God and equipped him with power so as to make use of him when the occasion arose. What was supposed to be the created being revealed itself just before its annihilation as the creator." (From Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, "The Purposes of Jokes," 1905).)
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