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Jules RenardI don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Wallace StevensGod and the imagination are one.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Jean CocteauFree will is the alibi of God.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

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

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

George Bernard ShawGod is on the side of the big battalions.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Friedrich NietzscheWhich? Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

VoltaireIf God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

H.L. MenckenIf the average man is made in God's image, then such a man as Beethoven or Aristotle is plainly superior to God.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Jean AnouilhGod is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Blaise PascalIf you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Blaise PascalThere is a God-shaped hole in the life of every man.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Mahatma GandhiGod has no religion.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Michel de MontaigneMan is forming thousands of ridiculous relations between himself and God.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Albert EinsteinI want to know God's thoughts - the rest are mere details.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheGod is dead.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheI cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerIf God made this world, then i would not want to be the God. It is full of misery and distress that it breaks my heart.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Immanuel KantThe wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend — and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenCreator: A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

David HumeIt is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

Abraham LincolnMy concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Ralph Waldo EmersonAll I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Christopher HitchensIt's a big mistake to think that your own cause, or your own country, or your own side has God in its corner. For one thing, it commits the sin of pride.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

VoltaireIf God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

VoltaireI cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Marquis de SadeThe idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Jean AnouilhEvery man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Jean AnouilhWith God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Jules RenardGod does not believe in our God.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Samuel BeckettGod is a witness that cannot be sworn.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Victor HugoLove is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Victor HugoGod knows better than we do what we need.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Charles BaudelaireGod is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Blaise PascalGod would be unjust if we were not guilty.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Sigmund FreudBasically, God is nothing more than an exalted father.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Victor HugoThe eyes cannot see God well except through tears.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyWithout god everything is allowed.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Elbert HubbardGod will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Walt WhitmanIn the faces of men and women I see God.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Walt WhitmanI hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Anton ChekhovEveryone has the same God; only people differ.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauI perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Carl SaganA general problem with much of Western theology... is that the God portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy, much less a universe.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Georg Christoph LichtenbergAfter all, is our idea of God anything more than personified incomprehensibility?

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Arthur ClarkePerhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God — but to create Him.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Albert EinsteinGod may be sophisticated, but he's not malicious.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinGod does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Georg Christoph LichtenbergGod created man in his own image, says the Bible; the philosophers do the exact opposite, they create God in theirs.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Albert EinsteinI believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

EpicurusIs God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Arthur ClarkeIf there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they can't be very important gods.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Bible Quotes

Gospel of LukeWhat is impossible with man is possible with God.

—  Gospel of Luke ‐ 18:27

Book of Revelation“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

—  Book of Revelation ‐ 1:8

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseGod wills.

Deus vult.

—  Latin phrase

     (the motto of the Christian warriors in the Crusades)

HoraceLeave all else to the gods.

Permitte divis cetera.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet


Quotes in Verse

Sylvia PlathI talk to God but the sky is empty.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Funny Quotes

George CarlinThere's this man who lives in the sky, and he has ten things he doesn't want you to do, and you'll burn for a long time if you do them… But he loves you.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Jay LenoIf God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.

—  Jay Leno, 1950-, American TV host

Woody AllenIf only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Ambrose BierceZeus, n. The chief of Grecian gods, adored by the Romans as Jupiter and by the modern Americans as God, Gold, Mob and Dog.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Ancient Greek

PlatoGod always geometrizes.

Aεί ο θεός γεωμετρεί

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Ancient Greek phraseGod needs nothing.

Ανενδεής ο Θεός.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

EpicurusFor the gods exist, since the knowledge about them is obvious.

Θεοί μεν γαρ εισίν. Εναργής γαρ αυτών εστιν η γνώσις.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

SolonThe gods are envious and mess things.

Το Θείον φθονερόν και ταραχώδες.

—  Solon, 630-560 BC, Ancient Greek lawmaker & philosopher

Homerll men need the gods.

Πάντες δὲ θεών χατέουσ' άνθρωποι.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey III

HomerGods know all things.

Θεοὶ δε τε πάντα ίσασιν.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey IV

HomerThese things surely lie on the knees of the gods.

Ταύτα θεών εν γούνασι κείται.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey I

Movie Quotes

Zorba the Greek (1964)All right, we go outside where God can see us better.

—  from the film Zorba the Greek (1964)


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