quotations about miracles
In the light of the New Creation all miracles are like snowdrops--anticipations of the full spring and high summer which is slowly coming over the whole wintry field of space and time.
C. S. LEWIS, Yours, Jack
The whole world is a series of miracles ... but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, Hans Christian Andersen's Shorter Tales
Miracles are signs not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.
THOMAS AQUINAS, Theological Texts
God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities. Thus every year, from Noah's time till ours, God turns water into wine. That, men fail to see. Either like the Pagans they refer the process to some finite spirit, Bacchus or Dionysus: or else, like the moderns, they attribute real and ultimate causality to the chemical and other material phenomena which are all that our sense can discover in it. But when Christ at Cana makes water into wine, the mask is off. The miracle has only half its effect if it only convinces us that Christ is God: it will have its full effect if whenever we see a vineyard or drink a glass of wine we remember that here works He who sat at the wedding party in Cana.
C. S. LEWIS, God in the Dock
If miracles had chemical equations then everyone would believe.
CECELIA AHERN, The Gift
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, December 7, 1983
Miracles do not happen.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, preface, Literature and Dogma
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
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 stakes supporting the young tree; when grown, trained, established, of what use are stakes or miracles?
ROBERT ASKWITH TAYLOR, The Bulwark, January 1874
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
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.
THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan
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"
Miracles are not extraordinary. They are commonplace events that happen at the perfect moment. Small daily miracles are like flowers that bloom for us to pick and cherish. We can develop a talent for recognizing miracles and be introduced to wondrous gifts.
SALLY COLEMAN & MARIA PORTER, Seasons of the Spirit
Truly miracles are like wine, and vastly improve with age.
LUCIANUS, Progress, August 1886
Miracles are like angels who have sometimes been visible to men, who would much more willingly have introduced them to an acquaintance with the laws and society of heaven, than have filled them with fear and consternation. They are insulated examples of laws as boundless as the universe, and by the manner in which we are affected by them, prove how much we have to learn, and how utterly incompetent we are to judge of the ways of God.
SAMPSON REED, Observations on the Growth of the Mind