— Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955
„If you try, everything you strive for will come close to you, and you will reap the benefit. May God give you that help, that grace, that wisdom, and His qualities. May He do what is good. If you believe in Him, He will never let go of you. If you intend Him, He will come looking for you. If you call Him, He will call you. If you love Him, He will love you. If you search for Him, He will search for you. Know this. Amin. Amin.“
— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Sri Lankan Sufi leader 1900 - 1986
„The key to friendship with God, he said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do.“
— Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954
Zdroj: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
— Mervyn Peake, kniha Titus Alone
Zdroj: Titus Alone (1959), Chapter 56 (p. 910)
— Stanisław Jerzy Lec, kniha Unkempt Thoughts
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)
Kontext: Do not ask God the way to heaven; he will show you the hardest one.<!-- p. 27
— Yann Martel, kniha Life of Pi
Zdroj: Life of Pi
„If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha Kafka na pobřeží
Zdroj: Kafka on the Shore (2002), Chapter 30, Colonel Sanders
Kontext: Listen- God only exists in people's minds. Especially in Japan, God's always been kind of a flexible concept. Look at what happened after the war. Douglas MacArthur ordered the divine emperor to quit being God, and he did, making a speech saying he was just an ordinary person. So after 1946 he wasn't God anymore. That's what Japanese gods are like-they can be tweaked and adjusted. Some American chomping on a cheap pipe gives the order and presto change-o - God's no longer God. A very postmodern kind of thing. If you think God's there, He is. If you don't, He isn't. And if that's what God's like, I wouldn't worry about it.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1950s, Loving Your Enemies (November 1957)
Kontext: There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Ovid, the Latin poet, "I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do." There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Plato that the human personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Goethe, "There is enough stuff in me to make both a gentleman and a rogue." There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Apostle Paul, "I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do." So somehow the "isness" of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts us. And this simply means this: That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals. The person who hates you most has some good in him; even the nation that hates you most has some good in it; even the race that hates you most has some good in it. And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls "the image of God," you begin to love him in spite of. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there. There is an element of goodness that he can never sluff off. Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.
— David Lange New Zealand politician and 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand 1942 - 2005
Zdroj: A New Zealand Dictionary of Political Quotations, p. 94.
— Craig Groeschel American priest 1967
It – How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It (2008, Zondervan)
„So how are you going to recognise God if He comes on earth? Are you going to ask to see His identity card or passport? See if it says, 'Name … God; Occupation … Generator, Operator, Destroyer'? That's foolish! Or are you going to recognise Him only if He fits your mental picture of Him -- what you have picked up from scriptures and other impressions, what you imagine Jesus or Krishna looked like? But even two Christians will have different impressions of what Jesus will look like. So what will be recognised by one will not be recognised by the other. But the test of the Perfect Master is that which is undeniable to everybody and that is the experience of Himself, which He can give, and that is the True Knowledge.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
from "The Sayings of Guru Maharaj Ji" - Published by Shri Hans Publications, 148-150 Lordship Lane, London SE22, Copyright Divine Light Mission 1974.
„What God has determined and prophesied, He's going to do. Whatever God has said He's going to do, He is going to do. Not one shall lack her mate. Not one prophecy shall be without fulfillment; every single one shall be fulfilled.“
— David Berg Children of God founder 1919 - 1994
A More Sure Word of Prophecy (2 Peter 1:19)
„Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?“
— Montesquieu French social commentator and political thinker 1689 - 1755
No. 35. (Usbek writing to Gemchid)
Lettres Persanes (Persian Letters, 1721)
„God doesn't care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go.“
— Jeffrey R. Holland Mormon leader 1940
Zdroj: Created for Greater Things
„Now look, I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes. Well—I'm not saying that he—I'm not not saying that either. God — what God does is God's business, I have no idea. But I'll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus — there's a message being sent. And that is, "Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it."“
— Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964
I'm just sayin'.
The Glenn Beck Program
Premiere Radio Networks
Beck: "I'm Not Not Saying" God Is Causing Earthquakes
Media Matters for America
„Tell me I'm a sinner I got news for you
I spoke to God this morning and he don't like you
You telling all the people the original sin
He says he knows you better that you'll ever know him“
— Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter 1948
I Don't Want to Change the World, written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo and Lemmy Kilmister
Song lyrics, No More Tears (1991)
„If there is a God, he is within. You don't ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„Barzai knew so much of the gods that he could tell of their comings and goings, and guessed so many of their secrets that he was deemed half a god himself.“
— H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937
Fiction, The Other Gods (1921)
„God money I'll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don't want everything he wants it all.“
— Trent Reznor American musician 1965
Head Like a Hole, from Pretty Hate Machine (1990).