We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.
Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.
Have a Little Faith: A True Story
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.
Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry.
Oliver's Advice (1834), attributed to Oliver Cromwell.
I've been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion.
Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (1652)
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
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
It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.
All Things Considered (1908)
The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.
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.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
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.
As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both.
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
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)
A supremely religious man or woman is one who believes deeply and consistently in the veracity of his highest experiences. He has his hours in the cellar ... but he believes in the truth of the hours he spends upstairs.
If you pray enough for things, I am proof that they can happen. I feel like a kid on Christmas day now, every day. It's something I have wanted for a long time and I am as happy as anyone to be here. It is great to be back at my first love.
On his return to Liverpool.
Remember, that time is money.... Remember, that credit is money ... Remember, that money is of the prolific, generating nature.... Remember, that six pounds a year is but a groat a day.... Remember this saying, "The good prayer is lord of another man’s purse." He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare.... In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.
Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
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.
Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
The Comedians, Pt. III, Ch. 4
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
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
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
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
Friends are God's apology for relations.
It has long been recognized that an education which does not provide for an intelligent understanding of religion is incomplete.
The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.
The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
History of England
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.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
In "Good Advice," ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.
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
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
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.
If there were one million families praying the Rosary every day, the entire world would be saved.
There is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family than the daily recitation of the Rosary.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
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?
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,for it trains people as to how they shall think
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
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.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
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
Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
Possibly misattributed. As it is apparently not found in his writings.
Of all the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse. He will go any length for it-risk fortune, character, reputation, life itself. and what do you think he has done? He has left it out of his heaven! Prayer takes its place.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Mark Twain's Notebook (1935)
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924)
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 human being, like the immortals, natually places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys -- yet he has left it out of his heaven! The very thought of it excites him; opportunity sets him wild; in this state he will risk life, reputation, everything -- even his queer heaven itself -- to make good that opportunity and ride it to the overwhelming climax. From youth to middle age all men and all women prize copulation above all other pleasures combined, yet it actually as I have said: it is not in their heaven; prayer takes its place.
Letters from the Earth
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
You cain't pray a lie.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.
I have made terrible mistakes. I have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends and supporters and the media.
A former congressman on his sexting habit
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne.
The Bible, Luke 11. 46.
As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.
The Bhagavad Gita
Religion has ended another life.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
Religion is a symptom of irrational belief and groundless hope.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
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
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Bible, Job 4:8
The righteous shall bloom as a date palm tree and shall flourish as a cedar of Lebanon.
Bible, Isaiah 41:19
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
'Everything is permissible' - but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible' - but not everything is constructive.
Bible, I Corithians 10:23
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, I Corinthians 13:7
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritabe or resentful.
Bible, I Corinthians 13:5
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Bible, Hosea 8:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Bible, Galatians 6:7
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.
Bible, Deuteronomy 28:4
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Bible, Deuteronomy 28:3
Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.
God is closest to those with broken hearts.
God is with those who patiently persevere.