He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
God didn't have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
The essential function of the universe, which is a machine for making gods
Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry.
Oliver's Advice (1834), attributed to Oliver Cromwell.
The religion of the future, Einstein had predicted, will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.
The Lost Symbol
God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
Sonnets from the Portuguese
Our business is not only with eternity but with time, to build up on earth the kingdom of God, to enable man to live worthily and not merely to die in hope.
And God said: 'Let there be Satan, so people don't blame everything on me. And let there be lawyers, so people don't blame everything on Satan'.
Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God
Institutes of the Christian Religion
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
The Devil (pamphlet), reprinted in Gordon Stein, ed (1980). An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0879751363.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
We may seek God by our intellect, but we only can find him with our heart.
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
Friends are God's way of apologizing for your family.
The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
Black holes are where God divided by zero.
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
I want to know God's thoughts... the rest are details.
This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.
What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on Sundays-but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both.
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
This proverb first appears without attribution in Fielding's Select Proverbs of All Nations (1824).
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Atheism: An Affirmative View (1980)
Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
What religion needs today is not more flying with God, or leaping with God, or jumping up and down with God, or going into spasms and convulsions and epileptic fits with God. What religion needs today is more walking with God.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.
You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow, but to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Rediscovering Lost Values, Feb. 28, 1954
I just want to do God's will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
From an address given in Memphis the night before his assassination, April 3, 1968
Friends are God's apology for relations.
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
The Presidential Papers (1963)
All genuine progress results from finding new facts. No law can be passed to make an acre yield three hundred bushels. God has already established the laws. It is four us to discover them, and to learn the facts by which we can obey them.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.
I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Speech, Dec. 23, 1965
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
If families give Our Lady fifteen minutes a day by reciting the Rosary, I assure them that their homes will become, by God's grace, peaceful places.
There is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family than the daily recitation of the Rosary.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.
Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
Why should a country worship another country’s tin gods, when it has tin gods of its own?
If you believe in God, believe in Death Row East.
It's a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us.
I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways;I to die,and you to live.Which is better?Only God knows
The mind's highest good is the knowledge of God, and the mind's highest virtue is to know God.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.
The only thing God didn't do to Job was give him a computer.
We may not be what we want to be, but thank God we are not what we used to be.
Religion is life and lifts you out of yourself. We must believe God is too big to fail.
If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic.
The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113
Those people....early stricken of God, intellectually--the departmental interpreters of the laws in Washington...can always be depended on to take any reasonably good law and interpret the common sense all out of it.
Unmailed letter to H. C. Christiancy, 12/18/1887
In this topsy-turvy, crazy, illogical world, Man has made laws for himself. He has fenced himself round with them, mainly with the idea of keeping communities together, and gain for the strongest. No woman was consulted in the making of laws. And nine-tenths of the people who are daily obeying--or fighting against--Nature's laws, have no real opinion. Opinion means deduction, after weighing the matter, and deep thought upon it. They simply echo feeling, because for generations forbears have laid something down as an axiom. They do not investigate or weigh for themselves. The axiom of the forbears was, 'It is immoral to follow God's law, unless bound by man's law and a wedding ring.'
quoted in Mark Twain on Three Weeks, Elinor Glyn
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Mark Twain's Notebook (1935)
The laws of Nature, that is to say the laws of God, plainly made every human being a law unto himself, we must steadfastly refuse to obey those laws, and we must as steadfastly stand by the conventions which ignore them, since the statutes furnish us peace, fairly good government, and stability, and therefore are better for us than the laws of God, which would soon plunge us into confusion and disorder and anarchy if we should adopt them.
Mark Twain in Eruption
The law of God, as quite plainly expressed in woman's construction, is this: There shall be no limit put upon your intercourse with the other sex sexually, at any time of life.
Letters from the Earth
If we only had some God in the country's laws, instead of being in such a sweat to get him into the Constitution, it would be better all around.
Letter to W. D. Howells, 9/18/1875
Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
It is only the gods who taste of death. Apollo has passed away, but Hyacinth, whom men say he slew, lives on. Nero and Narcissus are always with us.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
Those whom the gods love grow young.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
Sex...could kill you. Do you know what the human body goes through when you have sex? Pupils dilate, arteries constrict, core temperature rises, heart races, blood pressure skyrockets, respiration becomes rapid and shallow, the brain fires bursts of electrical impulses from nowhere to nowhere and secretions spit out of every gland, and the muscles tense and spasm like you're lifting three times your body weight. It's violent, it's ugly, and it's messy, and if God hadn't made it unbelievably fun...the human race would have died out eons ago. Men are lucky they can only have one orgasm. You know women can have an hour long orgasm?
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
Oh yeah! Penthouse Forum meets medical mystery, maybe there is a god.
House, Lucky Thirteen. By Dr. Gregory House.
They could build monuments to your self-centeredness.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Wilson.
You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House. Paraphrase of Thomas Szasz, "If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic." (The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113)
Isn't it interesting... religious behavior is so close to being crazy that we can't tell them apart.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House.
No, if you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House.
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Bible, John 4:20
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Bible, II Timothy 3:15
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Bible, I John 4:7-8
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Bible, Galatians 6:7
God is closest to those with broken hearts.
God is with those who patiently persevere.