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Quotations about God
God is in the hearts of all, and they that seek shall surely find Him when they need Him most. ~Louisa May Alcott, "Through the Mist," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873
How tired God must be of guilt and loneliness, for that is all we ever bring to Him. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
God's will is not an itinerary but an attitude. ~Andrew Dhuse
I cannot go so far that God will not go with me. I started on my desolate way, and I found that God had strapped on his knapsack, and taken up his staff. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
Let God's promises shine on your problems. ~Corrie Ten Boom
How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter? ~Woody Allen
I just hope God does not get bored of dreaming me. ~Author Unknown
By night, an atheist half believes in God. ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts
Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon's that "a little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion." At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage epigram... he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them. ~George Santayana
When I saw others straining toward God, I did not understand it, for though I may have had him less than they did, there was no one blocking the way between him and me, and I could reach his heart easily. It is up to him, after all, to have us, our part consists of almost solely in letting him grasp us. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
In many areas of understanding, none so much as in our understanding of God, we bump up against a simplicity so profound that we must assign complexities to it to comprehend it at all. It is mindful of how we paste decals to a sliding glass door to keep from bumping our nose against it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
I will let God flow unimpeded through me. Unimpeded through me! A channel choked with a lifetime of debris, of wrecked and broken years, tangled hours and intentions. Not room for God, not room for me! ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XI," A Soul's Faring, 1921
I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds. ~Quentin Crisp
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. ~Diana Robinson
Weave in faith and God will find the thread. ~Author Unknown
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse. ~Emily Dickinson
If you don't know what's meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays. ~E.M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born, 1973
It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him. ~Joseph Joubert
God possess me!
Express through me as through the hues of your flowers, the songs of your starlings.
Vest me with brilliant hues, or with carols.
Let me be some color of your soul, some sound of your uttering...
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "At the Roots of Grasses: XXVIII," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923
We look into the reverse end of the kaleidoscope of human events and see, mostly, confusion and discord; while God beholds harmony from the divine end. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. ~Pat Alger, Larry Bastian, and Garth Brooks, "Unanswered Prayers"
Do you believe in God? Perhaps you aren't old enough. The reason old people believe in God is because they've given up believing in anything else, and one can't exist without faith in something.... God is a sort of burglar. As a young man you knock him down; as an old man, you try to conciliate him because he may knock you down. Moral: don't grow old. ~Herbert Beerbohm Tree, as quoted by Hesketh Pearson ("Sir Herbert Tree," Modern Men and Mummers)
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign. ~Anatole France, Le jardin d'Epicure
How idle it is to call certain things God-sends! as if there was anything else in the world. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
God enters by a private door into each individual. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed. ~Saint Augustine
God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine. ~David Nicholas
In nature we see where God has been. In our fellow man, we see where He is still at work. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To tell the love of God alone
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
~Author unknown, quoted in "Fly-leaf Inscriptions," The Honey Jar: A Receptacle for Literary Preserves, 1900 May 15th
"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." ~Paul Frost
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. ~Jerry Falwell
God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul. ~Jean Paul Richter
All are but parts of one stupendous Whole:
Whose Body Nature is, and God the Soul.
~Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
Perhaps history is a thing that would stop happening if God held His breath, or could be imagined as turning away to think of something else. ~Herbert Butterfield, Christianity and History
Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance. ~Alfred North Whitehead
God is the perfect poet. ~Robert Browning
The universe is just God, struggling to create Himself. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. ~Augustine
Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are. ~Erik Satie
The beckoning Hands
Of God's hopeful Smile
Will, without fail, one day greet
The fruitful cries
Of man's prayerful heart.
~Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames
Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to God for a faith lift. ~Author Unknown
We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter. God is our eternal fallout shelter. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. Really. ~Lenny Bruce, "Religions Inc."
Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank. ~Christina Rossetti
Life is God's novel. Let him write it. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
You are not obliged to put on evening clothes to meet God. ~Austin O'Malley
When you knock, ask to see God — none of the servants. ~Henry David Thoreau
Your mind works very simply: you are either trying to find out what are God's laws in order to follow them; or you are trying to outsmart Him. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe in the God idea, not God himself. ~Miguel de Unamuno
Most people wish to serve God — but only in an advisory capacity. ~Author Unknown
Some stand on tiptoe trying to talk to God — but you try too hard, friend — drop to your knees and listen; he'll hear you better that way. ~Terri Guillemets
Today, I wandered through the fields
Where buttercups and daisies grew;
My Spirit loved ones went with me,
And God was there; all this I knew!
I saw Him in the sunny sky
And in the flowers at my feet;
I heard His voice in songs of birds
Upon the wing, so pure and sweet!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "One Happy, Joyous Hour"
The self-appointed spokesmen for God incline to shout; He, Himself, speaks only in whispers. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
To put one's trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it. ~Samuel Butler, Note-Books
So long as God reveals Himself, or doesn't, He is behaving like God. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart. ~Blaise Pascal
Don't look for God where He is needed most; if you didn't bring Him there, He isn't there. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man's hands. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916
God can never be a definition. He is more than even the entirety of the dictionary. ~Terri Guillemets
That which is stolen from God on Sunday is given to the devil on Monday. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
And I call to mankind, Be not curious about God,
For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God,
No array of terms can say how much I am at peace about God, and about death.
I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least...
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Why should I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass,
I find letters from God dropped in the street — and every one is signed by God's name
And I leave them where they are, for I know that others will punctually come forever and ever.
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
I don't believe you really know God if you do not recognize His sense of humor. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge
After all, is our idea of God anything more than personified incomprehensibility? ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908
How long, God, did you agonize, before the atoms became a tangibility? How long before the mist condensed and ran in rivers to the sea? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: XI," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923
Whenever I see sunbeams coming through clouds, it always looks to me like God shining himself down onto us.... The sun is always there even though we can't always see it. Same with God. ~Terri Guillemets
We always keep God waiting while we admit more importunate suitors. ~Malcolm de Chazal
The sun does not shine for a few trees, and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. The lonely pine on the mountain-top waves its sombre boughs and cries, 'Thou art my sun.' And the little meadow violet lifts its cup of blue, and whispers with its perfumed breath, 'Thou art my sun.' And the grain in a thousand fields rustles in the wind, and makes answer, 'Thou art my sun.' So God sits effulgent in heaven, not for a favored few, but for the universe of life; and there is no creature so poor or so low that he may not look up with childish confidence and say, 'My Father, Thou art mine.' ~Henry Ward Beecher
Been taken for granted? Imagine how God feels. ~Author Unknown
Don't look for God in the sky; look within your own body. ~Osho
I could believe only in a God who would know how to dance. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), "Of Reading and Writing," Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None, translated from the German by Alexander Tille, 1896
'T is heaven alone that is given away,
'T is only God may be had for the asking...
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal
The earth is not Beauty, Love, Divinity itself; it is but the shadow of God. ~Daniel J. MacDonald, 1912, paraphrasing Percy Bysshe Shelley
The finite is the shadow of God. ~Plotinus
Beauty is the shadow of God... ~T.C. Henley, "Beauty," 1851
If Creation were a crime, would not God be the prime suspect? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
How important the concept of God is, and how instead of valuing what has been given us, we with light hearts spurn it because of absurdities that have been attached to it. ~Leo Tolstoy
No pillow so soft as God's promise. ~Author Unknown
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections. ~Peace Pilgrim
We are Godseekers all, though some be churchgoing believers and others pilgrims to an unknown shrine. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Whether my days are cooled with calm
or filled with fever's ardent taint,
I have the same blue sky as God,
I have the same God as the saint.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899
Some people talk about finding God — as if He could get lost. ~Author Unknown
Do not, Daughter, lose faith in the noble health of youth; for when God on high sends the wound, he follows with the remedy. ~La Celestina, 1499, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden, 2009
I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk. ~John Marcellus Huston
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding Davis
We can never escape God's lovely essence. ~Terri Guillemets
I talk to God but the sky is empty. ~Sylvia Plath
I do not believe in God, for that implies an effort of the will — I see God everywhere! ~Jean Favre
If you are bathed
In God's Forgiveness-Light,
Then no dust of earth
Will be able to cling to you.
~Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames
Is man one of God's blunders, or is God one of man's blunders? ~Friedrich Nietzsche
I am man the container, with God pouring into me like a stream. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: VI," A Soul's Faring, 1921
God and I have built an immense fire together. We keep each other happy and warm. ~Hāfez
May the light of God's love shine upon you
And guide you where ere you may be;
Making lighter Earth's burdens and sorrows,
And keep your Soul joyous and free.
~Gertrude Buckingham, 1948
I believe in God; I just don't trust anyone who works for him. ~Author Unknown
I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker. ~Voltaire
There is a tendency to see divine intervention in things that happen in the normal course of miracles. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
To know the disillusionments of life, and to come enchanted still.
To break all its glass balls, and then to find that life did not lie in the glass balls.
To have all my idols shattered, and then to find God in the earth at their base.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: LXXXI," A Soul's Faring, 1921
All that I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen. ~Author Unknown
I was six when I saw that everything was God, and my hair stood up, and all.... It was on a Sunday, I remember. My sister was a tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God. I mean, all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean. ~J.D. Salinger, "Teddy"
I will walk with God in the garden;
I will walk with Him on the street;
I will see Him in all that's lovely;
He'll be with me when friends I greet.
I'll see Him in flowers and woodland,
In the moon, the stars and the sun;
I will hear His voice in the meadows
When the work of each day is done.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "I Will Walk With God" (1940s)
He who kneels before God can stand before anyone. ~Author Unknown
God gave moonbeams and fragrant eventide air; hung a wall of trailing arbutus against the sky and banked long cliffs of purple shadows against the grey, gold-shot twilight; hung purple grapes in the vineyard; scattered His prodigal soul like a wedding feast over the world. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Prayers of a Worldling: IV," A Soul's Faring, 1921 [a little altered
Outer fire we need to cook. Inner fire we need to liberate. God's Fire we need to love. ~Sri Chinmoy
Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside. ~Author Unknown
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home. ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest, translated from French by Isabel F. Hapgood
God is with you always. Simply turn your face to Him. ~Kirpal Singh
Hunting God is a great adventure. ~Marie DeFloris
My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed. ~Christopher Morley
Here is God's purpose —
for God, to me it seems,
is a verb —
not a noun,
proper or improper...
~R. Buckminster Fuller
There can be no doubt that in some respects we were surpassed in wisdom by devout men who lived when a small district, sparsely inhabited, seemed to be a world. They knew less of the machinery of the universe than we know, but they saw more clearly its motive power; and the love, the trust, the adoration which they displayed far surpassed in dignity the self-glorification of the modern scientist, who after a short life-time of learning and investigation, stands on his little ant-hill of knowledge, and looking round him exclaims, "I know the world, and I can see no God in it." ~Alfred Rowland, "The Clouds: God's Angels of the Sea," in The Sunday Magazine (London), 1884 [Fully cited author name: The Rev. Alfred Rowland, LL.B., B.A. American Rev. Edward G. Porter said of him in 1899, "Much of the wheat of England was sifted to make New England, but not all of it. Very much remained in the homeland. We have had in this Council many gentlemen who represent what that faith is in England and Scotland and Wales to‑day. We are glad to have with us as the representative of the sentiment, 'The Pilgrim who Stayed in Old England,' Rev. Alfred Rowland, of London."
God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere. ~Timaeus of Locri
Some people always sigh in thanking God. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
God, that dumping ground of our dreams. ~Jean Rostand, Carnet D'un Biologiste
If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex? ~Art Hoppe
Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat. ~Julian Huxley
God — the John Doe of philosophy and religion. ~Elbert Hubbard
When we lose God, it is not God who is lost. ~Author Unknown
Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
[T]hose who've never rebelled against God or at some point in their lives shaken their fists in the face of heaven, have never encountered God at all. ~Catherine Marshall, Christy, 1967 (Miss Alice to Christy)
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. ~Voltaire
I wear a coat of angels' breath and warm myself with His love. ~Terri Guillemets
I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn't seem to matter. But even Abraham Lincoln returned from Gettysburg murmuring that he had forgotten the things he Really Wanted to Say. ~Christopher Morley, Inward Ho!, 1923
Don't question God, for He may reply: "If you're so anxious for answers, come up here." ~Author Unknown
I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. ~Mary Gardiner Brainard
God is a child who amuses himself, passes from laughter to tears without reason, and every day invents the world for the torment of the abstractors of its quintessence, the pedants, and the preachers who pretend to teach him his trade of creator. ~Élie Faure (1873-1937), Histoire de l'art: L'Esprit des formes, 1927, translated from French by Walter Pach (History of Art: The Spirit of the Forms)
This is Daddy's bedtime secret for to-day: Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue! ~Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), The Great God Brown, 1926
Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God. ~Author Unknown
If you are not as close to God as you used to be, who moved? ~Author Unknown
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour. ~William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)
When we put our cares in His hands, He puts His peace in our hearts. ~Author Unknown
If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. ~Alan Cohen
Before me, even as behind, God is, and all is well. ~John Greenleaf Whittier
What is it that we all believe in that we cannot see or hear or feel or taste or smell — this invisible thing that heals all sorrows, reveals all lies and renews all hope? What is it that has always been and always will be, from whose bosom we all came and to which we will all return? Most call it Time. A few realize that it is God. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Be God or let God. ~Author Unknown
I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God. ~Carl Jung
We strive to be God's worthy audience. ~Terri Guillemets
[F*@%] all the people who say, "God bless," and then don't bother to complete the sentence. Who they are, I haven't the slightest. But, if I were God, I would not honor such a request. ~George Carlin
God left so many fingerprints at the scene of Creation that you wonder — does He want to be found, or does He want to be stopped? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
By the grace of pataphysics, two telepathic letters from the Doctor to Lord Kelvin, and some geometrical equations, we are instructed that the exception is more reliable than the rule, imagination more accurate than fact, poetry more authentic than life, that Man is God, and God is the Tangential Point Between Zero and Infinity. ~Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), Gestes et opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien, translated from French (Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician), published posthumously, 1911
Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God; and so there's no room left for worry thoughts. ~Howard Chandler Christy
I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent. ~Author Unknown
Darkness cannot put out the Light. It can only make God brighter. ~Author Unknown
No God, no peace. Know God, know peace. ~Author Unknown
You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? ~Freeman Dyson, quoted in The Meaning of Life, compiled by Hugh S. Moorhead
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