quotations about miracles
It is at least scientifically respectable to postulate that at the centre of a black hole the laws of nature no longer apply. Since most scientists are just a bit religious and most religious are seldom wholly unscientific we find humanity in a comical position. His scientific intellect believes in the possibility of miracles inside a black hole while his religious intellect believes in them outside it.
WILLIAM GOLDING, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1983
Miracles do not happen.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, preface to Literature and Dogma
Can you remember what it was like to walk in the midst of a world of miracles? Can you remember ever traveling within a world of pure delight with a joy untainted by craving or aversion? What happened to that world? All yoga, including the Buddha's yoga, is often called "the path of return" -- a return to our true home, which we eventually come to see was never really lost.
FRANK JUDE BOCCIO, Mindfulness Yoga
Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.
DANIEL HANDLER (as Lemony Snicket), The Carnivorous Carnival
Growing up closes so many doors. The modern world doesn't allow for miracles, so we don't see them. It's a very precious gift, an open mind, but it's not passive. You've got to nurture it like a bed of roses; otherwise it will wither and die. Make sure you don't close off your mind to things you find strange. Sometimes they may be the only truth.
TIM LEBBON, Fears Unnamed
Knowledge has its boundary line, where it abuts on ignorance; on the outside of that boundary line are ignorance and miracles; on the inside of it are science and no miracles.
For some reason or the other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow if for only one second of his life he can close his eyes to the hideousness of reality. Everything is endured--disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui--in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable.
HENRY MILLER, Tropic of Cancer
Miracles, when considered in a general, abstract manner--that is, when divested of all circumstances, and supposed to occur as disconnected facts, to stand alone in history, to have no explanations or reasons in preceding events, and no influence on those which follow--are indeed open to great objection, as wanton and useless violations of nature's order; and it is accordingly against miracles, considered in this naked, general form, that the arguments of infidelity are chiefly urged. But it is great disingenuity to class under this head the miracles of Christianity. They are palpably different. They do not stand alone in history, but are most intimately incorporated with it. They were demanded by the state of the world which preceded them, and they have left deep traces on all subsequent ages. In fact, the history of the whole civilized world, since their alleged occurrence, has been swayed and colored by them, and is wholly inexplicable without them.
WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts
Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them, you'll find more than you ever imagined possible.
DANIEL HANDLER (as Lemony Snicket), The Lump of Coal
As wonders, miracles are always astonishing, but as signs they are never wholly inexplicable.
KENNETH L. WOODWARD, The Book of Miracles
I believe miracles are like seeds. When planted and watered by our attention and appreciation, they bloom.
JAMES VAN PRAAGH, Heaven and Earth
Are you able to see a song? You can only hear a song. How can you see a song, or hear a light? You can only see light. Miracles are like that; you can only experience them.
SAI BABA, attributed, Modern Miracles
Miracles are like candles lit up until the sun rises, and then blown out. Therefore, I am amused when I hear sects and churches talk about having evidence of Divine authority because they have miracles. Miracles in our time are like candles in the street at midday. We do not want miracles. They are to teach men how to find out truths themselves; and after they have learned this, they no more need them than a well man needs a staff, or a grown-up child needs a walking-stool.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Sermons
Miracles are like stakes supporting the young tree; when grown, trained, established, of what use are stakes or miracles?
ROBERT ASKWITH TAYLOR, The Bulwark, Jan. 1874
As cheesy as it sounds, I believe in miracles. I do. One happened to me once. Sometimes when I miracle happens, it's like lightning, fast and unexpected. That's what my miracle was like. Other times miracles are like a barrel filling with rainwater. The rain falls in; the water in the barrel gets deeper and deeper. Then one day it spills over the whole world in one big, wet gush. That's the tipping place.
R. A. NELSON, Breathe My Name
Miracles are like pills which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
SAMUEL HARRIS, The Self-Revelation of God
A miracle is a supernatural event, whose antecedent forces are beyond our finite vision, whose design is the display of almighty power for the accomplishment of almighty purposes, and whose immediate result, as regards man, is his recognition of God as the Supreme Ruler of all things, and of His will as the only supreme law.
ABBOT ELIOT KITTREDGE, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words
Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themeselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.
KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, Ship of Fools
Miracles are the possibilities of a miracle-bearing tree; but commonly they are regarded as though they were some arbitrary manufacture. In the New Testament they are simply called "signs and wonders"; but in this age, among both believers and unbelievers, it is agreed that they are suspensions of the laws of nature, or else are nothing. Miracles presuppose the existence of a spiritual world containing spiritual agents and spiritual forces; with laws peculiar to it, and with some laws also capable of intertwining and inosculating with some of the laws of man's nature and of the material world. And yet often, by even the advocates of their reality, miracles are argued wholly and simply as material occurrences, and quite apart from the philosophy of their nature, and, indeed, as though there were really no such philosophy known. And this is because of the spirit of the age, which is so strong in us all. For it is no matter what a man may be, whether philosopher, theologian, or anything else, almost inevitably in some way or other, the spirit of the age will have its say through him, and pervert, if not quench, his meaning.
WILLIAM MOUNTFORD, Miracles, Past and Present
The miracles of earth are the laws of heaven.
JEAN PAUL RICHTER, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words
A private man has always the liberty (because thought is free) to believe or not believe in his heart those acts that have been given out for miracles, according as he shall see what benefits can accrue by men's belief, to those that pretend, or countenance them, and thereby conjecture whether they be miracles or lies.
Miracles are like sign language. To those blessed with an unexplainable cure, they are the means by which God communicates.
MAURA POSTON ZAGRANS, Miracles Every Day
- Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
- Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touch'd from,
- The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer,
- This head more than churches, bibles, and all the creeds.
WALT WHITMAN, "Song of Myself"