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





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


Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


God is a verb, not a noun.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


God is a verb.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Here is God's purpose -- for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Oh, if everyone knew how beautiful Jesus is, how amiable He is! They would all die from love.


Gemma Galagani


The mantram becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Eventually I lost interest in trying to control my life, to make things happen in a way that I thought I wanted them to be. I began to practice surrendering to the universe and finding out what "it" wanted me to do.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people's models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


Much earnest philosophical thought is born of the life which springs from close association with nature.


Laura Gilpin


He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting an instant.


Maria Goretti


God is more concerned about who you are than what you do, and He is more concerned about what you do than where you do it.


Gary Gulbranson


God is concerned with nations, but nations also need to be concerned with God. No nation can have a monopoly on God, but God will bless any nation whose people seek and honor His will as revealed by Christ and declared through the Holy Spirit.


John Haggai


The only way God could impose peace on the world would be to robotize our wills and rob every human being of the power of choice. He has not chosen to do that. He has given every person a free will.


John Haggai


Give God the margin of eternity to justify himself.


H. R. Haweis


God has been so lavish in his gifts that you can lose some priceless ones, the equivalent of whole kingdoms, and still be indecently rich.


Wilfrid Heed


God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


In vain our labours are, whatsoe'er they be, unless God gives the Benediction.


Robert Herrick (1591-1674, British poet)


Then comes the insight that All is God. One still realizes that the world is as it was, but it does not matter, it does not affect one's faith.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


Talking about God is not at all the same thing as experiencing God, or acting out God through our lives.


Phillip Hewett


Sometimes I try my hand at turning out small profundities and uncertain short stories, but I always end up with just one single word: God.


Etty Hillesum


To the excessively fearful, the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an all-powerful God who obeys his own laws.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Having given us the package, do you think God will deny us the ribbon?


Oswald C. Hoffman


I admit that the generation which produced Stalin, Auschwitz and Hiroshima will take some beating; but the radical and universal consciousness of the death of God is still ahead of us; perhaps we shall have to colonize the stars before it is finally borne in upon us that God is not out there.


R. J. Hollingdale


There is but one ultimate Power. This Power is to each one what he is to it.


Ernest Holmes


One unquestioned text we read, All doubt beyond, all fear above; Nor crackling pile nor cursing creed Can burn or blot it: God is Love.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Because you cannot see him, God is everywhere.


Yasunari Kawabata


Providence certainly does not favor just certain individuals, but the deep wisdom of its counsel, instruction and ennoblement extends to all.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


As in heaven Your will is punctually performed, so may it be done on earth by all creatures, particularly in me and by me.


Saint Elizabeth Of Hungary


I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that He has a sense of humor.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The God of many men is little more than their court of appeal against the damnatory judgement passed on their failures by the opinion of the world.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.


Alfred Jarry (1873-1907, French playwright, author)


God, to be God, must transcend what is. He must be the maker of what ought to be.


Rufus M. Jones


We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


A humble knowledge of oneself is a surer road to God than a deep searching of the sciences.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Don't think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


For the multitude of worldly friends profiteth not, nor may strong helpers anything avail, nor wise counselors give profitable counsel, nor the cunning of doctors give consolation, nor riches deliver in time of need, nor a secret place to defend, if Thou, Lord, do not assist, help, comfort, counsel, inform, and defend.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


He does much who loves God much, and he does much who does his deed well, and he does his deed well who does it rather for the common good than for his own will.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Man proposes, but God disposes.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


The intention which is fixed on God as its only end will keep people steady in their purposes, and deliver them from being the joke and scorn of fortune.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


There is no God but God.


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


God is indeed dead. He died of self-horror when He saw the creature He had made in His own image.


Irving Layton (1912-, Canadian poet)


Darkness is strong, and so is Sin, But surely God endures forever!


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Whoever falls from God's right hand Is caught into His left.


Edwin Markham (1852-1940, American poet and editor)


Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


Nothing hath separated us from God but our own will, or rather our own will is our separation from God.


William Law (American merchant)


God is only a great imaginative experience.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


I cannot be a materialist -- but Oh, how is it possible that a God who speaks to all hearts can let Belgravia go laughing to a vicious luxury, and Whitechapel cursing to a filthy debauchery -- such suffering, such dreadful suffering -- and shall the short years of Christ's mission atone for it all?


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


God is a concept by which we measure our pain.


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


God is what man finds that is divine in himself. God is the best way man can behave in the ordinary occasions of life, and the farthest point to which man can stretch himself.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Without the assistance of the Divine Being... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Has it ever struck you that the vast majority of the will of God for your life has already been revealed in the Bible? That is a crucial thing to grasp.


Paul Little


I was frustrated out of my mind, trying to figure out the will of God. I was doing everything but getting into the presence of God and asking Him to show me.


Paul Little


Others think it's a choice between doing what we want to do and being happy, and doing what God wants us to do and being miserable.


Paul Little


Some people think that God peers over the balcony of heaven trying to find anybody who is enjoying life. And when He spots a happy person, He yells, "Now cut that out!" That concept of God should make us shudder because it's blasphemous!


Paul Little


Whom the heart of man shuts out, Sometimes the heart of God takes in.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Blessed is he who submits to the will of God; he can never be unhappy.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


God uses lust to impel men to marry, ambition to office, avarice to earning, and fear to faith. God led me like an old blind goat.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


It is not by driving away our brother that we can be alone with God.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Not only then has each man his individual relation to God, but each man has his peculiar relation to God.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


I could be whatever I wanted to be if I trusted that music, that song, that vibration of God that was inside of me.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


If I could know me, I could know the universe.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


Maybe the tragedy of the human race was that we had forgotten that we are each divine.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be.


Andre Mairaux


Without doubt God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it. He directs angels, man, animals, brute matter, in sum all created things, but each according to its nature, and man having been created free, he is freely led. This rule is truly the eternal law and in it we must believe.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


You cannot know what you cannot feel.


Marya Mannes (1904-1990, American writer)


God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


When we want to know God's will, there are three things which always concur: the inward impulse, the Word of God and the trend of circumstances. Never act until these three things agree.


F. B. Meyer


God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


A consciousness of God releases the greatest power of all.


Science of Mind


To honor him whom we have made is far from honoring him that hath made us..


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


I am like a little pencil in God's hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


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 (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer -- His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.


John Newton (1725-1807, British poet, wrote "Amazing Grace")


I fear we are not getting rid of God, because we still believe in grammar.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are -- more humane.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We are going to the moon, that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would be spent before the Words of my lord are spent.


Qur'an (Holy book)


The community of living is the carriage of the Lord.


Hasidic Proverb (Sayings of Hasidic origin)


When men make gods, there is no God!


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


God has been pleased to prescribe limits to his power and to work out his ends within these limits.


William Paley (American businessman, chairman of CBS)


Two men please God -- who serves Him with all his heart because he knows Him; who seeks Him with all his heart because he knows Him not.


Nikita Ivanovich Panin (1718-1783, Russian statesman)


If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


It is the heart which experiences God, not the reason.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


There will be no peace so long as God remains unseated at the conference table.


William M. Peck


Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


It is fear that first brought gods into the world.


Petronius (27-66, Roman writer)


One on God's side is a majority.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men..


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


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