Nature only shows us the tail of the lion. I am convinced, however, that the lion is attached to it, even though he cannot reveal himself directly because of his enormous size.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein
To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.
LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN, Notebooks, Jul. 8, 1916
I do not believe in God, but I am afraid of Him.
GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera
I'm never tempted by God but I like his trappings.
JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Passion
We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can't love only some of his children.
MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly
I read somewhere that some people believe that the entire universe is a matrix of living thought. And I said, "Man, if that's not a definition of God, I don't know what is."
ALAN ARKIN, Esquire, Mar. 2007
I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences.
WILLIAM JAMES, Lecture III, "Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered," Pragmatism
God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
The life of God the life which the mind apprehends and enjoys as it rises to the absolute unity of all things may be described as a play of love with itself; but this idea sinks to an edifying truism, or even to a platitude, when it does not embrace in it the earnestness, the pain, the patience, and labor, involved in the negative aspect of things.
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL, The Phenomenology of Spirit
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.
RICHARD FEYNMAN, attributed, Superstrings: A Theory of Everything
It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.
SIGMUND FREUD, The Future of an Illusion
Given the world that he created, it would be an impiety against God to believe in him.
The Earthlings behaved at all times as though there were a big eye in the sky -- as though that big eye were ravenous for entertainment. The big eye was a glutton for great theater. The big eye was indifferent as to whether the Earthling shows were comedy, tragedy, farce, satire, athletics, or vaudeville. Its demand, which Earthlings apparently found as irresistible as gravity, was that the shows be great. The demand was so powerful that Earthlings did almost nothing but perform for it, night and day.... The big eye was the only audience that Earthlings really cared about.
KURT VONNEGUT, The Sirens of Titan
I have often a suspicion God is still trying to work things out and hasn't finished.
REBECCA WEST, The Paris Review, spring 1981
God is love. I don't say the heart doesn't feel a taste of it, but what a taste. The smallest glass of love mixed with a pint pot of ditch-water. We wouldn't recognize that love. It might even look like hate. It would be enough to scare us - God's love. It set fire to a bush in the desert, didn't it, and smashed open graves and set the dead walking in the dark. Oh, a man like me would run a mile to get away if he felt that love around.
GRAHAM GREENE, The Power and the Glory
God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
ANDRE GIDE, Autumn Leaves
- We have usurped many of the powers we once ascribed to God.
- Fearful and unprepared, we have assumed lordship over the life or death of the whole world of all living things.
- The danger and the glory and the choice rest finally in man. The test of his perfectibility is at hand.
- Having taken Godlike power, we must seek in ourselves for the responsibility and the wisdom we once prayed some deity might have.
JOHN STEINBECK, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Dec. 10, 1962
- How things stand, is God.
- God is, how things stand.
LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN, Notebooks, Aug. 1, 1916
At the entrance of the modern time stands the 'God-man'. At its exit will only the God in the God-man evaporate? And can the God-man really die if only the God in him dies? They did not think of this question, and thought they were finished when in our days they brought to a victorious end the work of the Enlightenment, the vanquishing of God: they did not notice that man has killed God in order to become now -- 'sole God on high'. The other world outside us is indeed brushed away, and the great undertaking of the men of the Enlightenment completed; but the other world in us has become a new heaven and calls us forth to renewed heaven-storming: God has had to give place, yet not to us, but to -- man. How can you believe that the God-man is dead before the man in him, besides the God, is dead?
MAX STIRNER, The Ego and Its Own
God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so.
NORMAN MAILER, "Advertisement for Myself on the Way Out," Advertisements for Myself
Somewhere in the infinite that He occupies, God advances and withdraws the pawns of the other games He plays, but it is too soon to worry about this one, all He need do for the present is allow things to take their natural course, apart from the occasional adjustment with the tip of His little finger to make sure some stray thought or action does not interfere with the harmony of destinies.
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
Whether men will or not, they must be subject always to the Divine Power. By denying the existence or providence of God, men may shake off their ease, but not their yoke.
Those who marry God can become domesticated tooit’s just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word “Love” means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and “Ave Maria” like “dearest” is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world’s marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselvesit was God’s taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
GRAHAM GREENE, A Burnt-Out Case
The God whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.
WILLIAM JAMES, Lecture XX, "Conclusions," The Varieties of Religious Experience
A god of kindness would be charitable to all. Your god of wrath and punishment is but a monstrous phantasy.
God sinks into dust before man.
MAX STIRNER, The Ego and Its Own
I want to tell you about the God that actually showed up and healed my heart. Not the God I grew up, because the God I grew up was fundamentally, and I use the word advisedly, fundamentally untrustworthy -- schizophrenic, narcissistic, unreachable, unknowable, and my concept within which I grew up was that Jesus -- He likes me -- but He came to save me from God the Father -- who was the one who was angry and distant, and unreachable, unknowable. All of that had to come crashing down.
WM. PAUL YOUNG, interview, "Your Daily Bread", Rare, Dec. 10, 2013
There exists an infinite, eternal Being, subsisting of himself, who is one without being alone; for he finds in his own essence relations whence, with the necessary movement of his life, results the absolute plenitude of his perfection and his happiness. A Being unique and complete, God suffices to himself.
HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire
God is only a great imaginative experience.
D. H. LAWRENCE, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence