An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





God is no enemy to you. He asks no more than that He hear you call Him "Friend."


A Course In Miracles (Course on forgiveness based on Christianity, Eastern philosophy)

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The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Forgetfulness of self is remembrance of God.


Bayazid Al-Bistami (Muslim scholar; made a detailed study of the statutes of Islamic law (shari`a) and practiced a strict regimen of self-denial (zuhd).)


I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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With 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)


God has many names, though He is only one Being.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


God does not ask your ability or your inability. He asks only your availability.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.


John H. Aughey (American scientist)


To them that ask, where have you seen the Gods, or how do you know for certain there are Gods, that you are so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


From silly devotions and from sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.


St. Teresa of Avila


God prefers your health, and your obedience, to your penance.


St. Teresa of Avila


Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence.


St. Teresa of Avila


I went to the root of things, and found nothing but Him alone.


Mira Bai (1498-1547, Hindi poet)


I believe in the incomprehensibility of God.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Earth, my Mother, whom I love.


Margaret Fairless Barber


We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what they call their gods, we name otherwise.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.


Georges Bataille (1897-1962, French novelist, critic)


How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


The bastard! He doesn't exist!


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


A person's proximity to God is measured by his compassion toward his fellow man.


Rabbi Samuel Belkin


If you do not find peace in yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.


Paula A. Bendry


The Creator and Lord of all so loved the world, that He sent His Son for its salvation, the Prince and Savior of the faithful, who washed and dried our wounds, and from Him also came that most sweet medicine, from which all the good things of salvation flow.


Hildegard Of Bingen


Heaven has bestowed, to test our utmost power.


Sarah Knowles Bolton


A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)


Bless us our Father, together all of us, with the light of thy countenance.


Book of Common Prayer (Liturgy of the Anglican Church)


What preoccupies us, then, is not God as a fact of nature, but as a fabrication useful for a God-fearing society. God himself becomes not a power but an image.


Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004, American historian)


We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.


Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981, American general)


There is no object that we see; no action that we do; no good that we enjoy; no evil that we feel, or fear, but we may make some spiritual advantage of all: and he that makes such improvement is wise, as well as pious.


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


To speak of God, to think of God, is in every respect to show what one is made of. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake (my life) I am conscious of having won to the full. Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God!


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.


Thomas B. Brooks


God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.


Thomas B. Brooks


Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.


Lenny Bruce (1925-1966, American comedian)


For the rest of my life I'm going to trust that God is always at work in all things, and give Him thanks long before my simplest prayers are answered.


Nancy Parker Brummett


If someone were to prove to me -- right this minute -- that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.


Luis Bunuel (1900-1983, Spanish film director)


I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


As you know, God is generally on the side of the big squadrons against the small ones.


Comte De Bussy-Rabutin


If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Fundamentalists believe Jesus was God becoming man. I believe that Jesus was man becoming God.


Eric Butterworth


God can only do for you what He can do through you.


Eric Butterworth


One and God make a majority.


Frederick Douglass (c.1817-1895, American abolitionist, journalist)


We are the wire, God is the current. Our only power is to let the current pass through us.


Carlo Carretto


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


Whether or not God is dead, it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


When I was young, I said to God,  god, tell me the mystery of the universe. But God answered,  that knowledge is for me alone. So I said,  god, tell me the mystery of the peanut. Then God said,  well, George, that's more nearly your size.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


Though God's attributes are equal, yet his mercy is more attractive and pleasing in our eyes than his justice.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I used to pray that God would do this or that; now I pray that God will make His will known to me.


Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003, Wife of Chinese revolutionary leader Chiang Kai-Shek)


A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


All the gods are dead except the god of war.


Eldridge Cleaver (1935-, American black leader, writer)


It is not a difficult matter to learn what it means to delight ourselves in the Lord. It is to live so as to please Him, to honor everything we find in His Word, to do everything the way He would like to have it done, and for Him.


Maxwell S. Coder


There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God, he is a disappointing God.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Above all am I convinced of the need, irrevocable and inescapable, of every human heart, for God. No matter how we try to escape, to lose ourselves in restless seeking, we cannot separate ourselves from our divine source. There is no substitute for God.


A.J. Cronin


If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.


Mary Daly (1928-, American feminist and theological writer)


Why indeed must "God" be a noun? Why not a verb -- the most active and dynamic of all.


Mary Daly (1928-, American feminist and theological writer)


God speaks to all individuals through what happens to them moment by moment.


J.P. DeCaussade


Hunting God is a great adventure.


Marie Defloris


God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


Jesus might have said, "I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me."


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow -- for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness.


Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758, British theologian, metaphysician)


God hath entrusted me with myself.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


God does not play dice with the universe.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


God is clever, but not dishonest.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


God is subtle, but He is not malicious.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


I always say my God will take care of me. If it's my time I'll go, and if it's not I won't. I feel that He really has a lot of important things for me to do. And He's going to make sure that I'm here to do them.


Joycelyn Elders


A believer, a mind whose faith is consciousness, is never disturbed because other persons do not yet see the fact which he sees.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


God enters by a private door into every individual.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The dice of God are always loaded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is a crack in everything God has made.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


'Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To Be is to live with God.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


And some to Meccah turn to pray, and I toward thy bed, Yasmin.


James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915, British poet)


Our condition is most noble, being so beloved of the Most High God that He was willing to die for our sake -- which He would not have done if man had not been a most noble creature and of great worth.


St. Angela of Foligno


Our perfection certainly consists in knowing God and ourselves.


St. Angela of Foligno


So great was my joy in God that I took no heed of looking at the angels and the saints, because all their goodness and all their beauty was from Him and in Him.


St. Angela of Foligno


I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


The psychoanalysis of individual human beings, however, teaches us with quite special insistence that the god of each of them is formed in the likeness of his father, that his personal relation to God depends on his relation to his father in the flesh and oscillates and changes along with that relation, and that at bottom God is nothing other than an exalted father.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


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