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He that lives in love lives in God.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

God writes a lot of comedy ... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.

GARRISON KEILLOR, Happy to be Here

It makes a great deal of difference what sort of God men believe in.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

God's image is in every man, high or low--a road puddle holds the moon as well as the sea.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Without God, our existence has no support, our life no aim, our improvements no permanence, our best labors no sure and enduring results, our spiritual weakness no power to lean upon, and our noblest aspirations and desires no pledge of being realized in a better state. Struggling virtue has no friend, suffering virtue no promise of victory. Take away God, and life becomes mean, and man poorer than the brute.


Wherever you have seen God pass, mark that spot, and go and sit in that window again.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

We can no more exist without a surrounding God, than a tree can exist without a surrounding atmosphere.

REUEN THOMAS, Thoughts for the Thoughtful

To recognize God where and as he reveals himself is the only true bliss on earth.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

God was someone I wound up turning over and over in my mind each night.... Was He punishing me with this meal or was He rewarding me? Did He actively watch me or take me for granted like a fish you don't notice until it's floating on the surface of the tank?


God's whole nature moves toward the man who wants to be free from sin, as broadly and irresistibly as the summer moves from the south toward the north.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Men may tire themselves in a labyrinth of search, and talk of God: But if we would know him indeed, it must be from the impressions we receive of him; and the softer our hearts are, the deeper and livelier those will be upon us.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Many deeds are enacted in God's name which fill the Devil's heart with envy.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

Our notions of God are tinged by our own characters and ignorance.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

You cannot know God until you've stopped telling yourself that you already know God. You cannot hear God until you stop thinking you've already heard God.

NEALE DONALD WALSCH, Conversations with God

Man is sitting disconsolate on an anthill one morning. God asks him what the matter is and man replies that the soil is too swampy for the cultivation of the yams which God has directed him to grow. God tells him to bring in a blacksmith to dry the soil with his bellows. The contribution of humanity to this creation is so important. God could have made the world perfect if he had wanted. But he made it the way it is. So that there is a constant need for us to discuss and cooperate to make it more habitable, so the soil can yield, you see.

CHINUA ACHEBE, Conjunctions, Fall 1991

A man has a right to picture God according to his need, whatever it be.


For the existence of any religion there must be a belief that there is, somewhere in the universe, an intelligence of a higher order than man's, and that this intelligence possesses a power superior to what we call the ordinary powers of nature. And religion is simply the condition or adjustment of the relations between each individual human soul and that higher intelligence, call it by what name you will.

ROSSITER JOHNSON, "The Whispering Gallery"

There is no servant like God. No other being so humbles himself, and so bows down under weakness, and so lifts up with his strength, as God in the plenary service of Love.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has never happened before.

T. S. ELIOT, The Rock

When the gods know that a god hath fallen,
With this kindly feeling
They do encourage him--
Be thou a god again and again.


No man or woman can truly choose to serve God unless they are equally free to refuse to serve Him, and God desires for His people to come to Him clear-eyed and joyously, not cringing in terror of the Inquisition and the damnation of Hell.

DAVID WEBER, By Schism Rent Asunder

The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities to be impressed with it.

JAMES MADISON, letter to Frederick Beasley, Nov. 20, 1825

We rejoice in God since he has taught us that every thing which is true in us, is but a faint expression of what is in him. And thus all our joys become to us the echo of higher joys, and our very life is as a dream of that nobler life, to which we shall awaken when we die.


It is too frequent to begin with God and end with the World. But He is the good man's Beginning and End; his Alpha and Omega.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

The genetic stage of a gene pool can be identified by the personality characteristics of the local God. Jehovah of Genesis is a low-level barbarian macho punk God. He boastfully claims to have created the heaven and the stars and the world, but provides no technical details or replicable blueprints. His preoccupations, whims, anxieties, jealousies, rules and hatred of women are primitive mammalian brain. His petty prides are primate.

TIMOTHY LEARY, Evolutionary Agents

But tho' God has replenished this world with abundance of good things for man's life and comfort, yet they are all but imperfect goods. He only is the perfect good to whom they point. But alas! Men cannot see him for them; tho' they should always see him in them.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of him but in broken and imperfect words. High above all he sits, sublimer than mountains, grander than storms, sweeter than blossoms and tender fruits, nobler than lords, truer than parents, more loving than lovers. His feet tread the lowest places of the earth; but his head is above all glory, and everywhere he is supreme.


The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular.

TIMOTHY LEARY, "Leary calls LSD sacrament," The Tech, Nov. 8, 1966

God is the Absolute Idea, a circle that returns upon itself, not a straight line projected indefinitely.

JOSEPH ALEXANDER LEIGHTON, Typical Modern Conceptions of God

It isn't so much that God is the unified state of consciousness that each of us came from and will return to, but more so that God is the creative energy flowing between all states of consciousness. God is in the land beyond the mountains, but God is also in the mountains and in the valley of illusions cradled within the mountains. God is not one thing or another, rather God flows between and through all things.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like, "What does it matter so long as they are contented?" We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven -- a senile benevolence who, as they say, "liked to see young people enjoying themselves" and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, "a good time was had by all".

C. S. LEWIS, The Problem of Pain

Since dictating the Bible, and hiring a perfect race of ministers to explain it, God has never done much but creep around and try to catch us disobeying it.


All nations believe the gods to be governed by a king; for men, who have made the gods after their own image, are ever hasty in ascribing to these celestial beings, human manners and human institutions.


My God is love and sweetly suffers all.

SRI AUROBINDO, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol

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