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Quotes about God (Cont'd):

bullet Rev. Jerry Falwell: "I feel most ministers who claim they've heard God's voice are eating too much pizza before they go to bed at night, and it's really an intestinal disorder, not a revelation."

bullet Richard Feynman: "God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out." 1

bullet Martin F. Fischer: "If you don't know what's meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout."

bullet Walter Fontana: "Do I believe in God? Well, believing it's too much, I'd better say I esteem him."

bullet Charles Fort: "If there is a universal mind, must it necessarily be sane?"

bullet Harry Emerson Fosdick: " God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done."

bullet Anatole France: "Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign."

bullet Paul Frost: " 'What do you think of God,' the teacher asked.  After a pause, the young pupil replied, 'He's not a think, he's a feel'."

bullet Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963): "Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee / And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me." From Cluster of Faith (1962)

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

  • "God has no religion."

  • "There is no god higher than truth."
bullet André Glucksmann (1937-): "My ideas about religion are confined to the absurd belief that God created man and vice versa."

bullet Goethe: "As man is, so is his God. And thus is God oft strangely odd."

bullet Sherwood Goozee: "Christian reference to 'God the Father' also poses a problem. Show me a father who wants his children prostrate before him, praying, pleading for mercy, worshiping him, and who then doles out rewards to the chosen submissive ones, and I'll show you a bad father." From the essay IZ Sense.

bullet Sam Harris: "Words like 'God' and 'Allah' must go the way of 'Apollo' and 'Baal' or they will unmake our world." Sam Harris is author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.

bullet Christopher Hitchens: "God did not make man in his own image. Evidently it was the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilizations."

bullet Victor Hugo, "Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."

bullet Thomas Jefferson: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

bullet James Weldon Johnson: "Young man, young man, your arm's too short to box with God."

bullet Joseph Joubert:: "It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him.."

bullet Martin Luther King, Jr.: "We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter.  God is our eternal fallout shelter." From Strength to Love, 1963
bullet John Knox: "A man with God is always in the majority."

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bullet Arthur Koestler: "God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out."

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C.S. Lewis:

  • "I think we must attack -- wherever we meet it -- the nonsensical idea that mutually exclusive propositions about God can both be true."

  • "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."  From: The Problem of Pain.

  • "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way'."

bullet Thomas A. Lewis, posting to an Amazon.com chat: "I don't believe in God for the same reason that most people don't believe in Apollo or Zeus. ... God is just human beings' way of personifying an otherwise completely natural universe."

bullet Thomas A. Lewis, posting to an Amazon.com chat: "I don't believe in God for the same reason that most people don't believe in Apollo or Zeus. ... God is just human beings' way of personifying an otherwise completely natural universe."

bullet Mignon McLaughlin: "How tired God must be of guilt and loneliness, for that is all we ever bring to Him."

bullet Edna St. Vincent Millay: "The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through."

bullet David Nicholas: "God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine."

bullet F.W. Norwood: "Life’s greatest tragedy is to lose God and not to miss him."

bullet Sarah Palin: "God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that." From a speech in 2007-JUN at the Wasilla Assembly of God church. 3,4

bullet Sylvia Plath: "Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?"

bullet Alexander Pope: "All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul." From An Essay on Man, 1734.

bullet Pope John Paul II: "An effective proclamation of the Gospel in contemporary Western society will need to confront directly the widespread spirit of agnosticism and relativism which has cast doubt on reason's ability to know the truth, which alone satisfies the human heart's restless quest for meaning."

bullet Pope Xystus I: "God is not the name of God, but an opinion about Him" From The Ring.

bullet Eleanor Powell: "What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God."

bullet Anne Provoost: "If your God is going to drown the world; if your God is going to bring a flood, then why don't you pick a different God?"

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References used:

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  1. Quoted by P.C.W. Davies and J. Brown in "Superstrings: A Theory of Everything," Page 208.
  2. Gene Johnson, "Iraq war, gas line God's will, Palin said," Associate Press, 2008-SEP-04, at: http://www.adn.com/
  3. Video clip from Sarah Palin's speech. YouTube, at: http://www.youtube.com/

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