— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
Misattributed, Le hasard, c'est peut-être le pseudonyme de Dieu, quand il ne veut pas signer. — Théophile Gautier, La Croix de Berny (1845), letter III: Edgard Meilhan au Prince de Monbert http://books.google.com/books?id=3TEtAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA29&dq=%22le+pseudonyme+de+Dieu,+quand+il+ne+veut+pas+signer%22&ei=twPuR9TxGYXaygSI-5mYDg
„Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.“
Le hasard, c'est peut-être le pseudonyme de Dieu, quand il ne veut pas signer.
La Croix de Berny, 1845, The Cross of Berny or Irene's Lovers
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
„Now THERE'S a hollow state to be in, isn't it — to believe in God and get no sign that He's there.“
— Joseph Heller, kniha God Knows
God Knows (1984)
„It was a subtle refinement of God to learn Greek when he wished to write a book – and that he did not learn it better.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„The Law teaches that the universe was invented and created by God, and that it did not come into being by chance or by itself.“
— Averroes, kniha On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy
On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy, Part 1: The Creation of the Universe; Opening sentence
„Who is Guru? The highest manifestation of God is Guru. So when Guru is here, God is here, to whom will you give your devotion? I want that the general should sign some papers. I need not go to his office when he is sitting in my home. Is it necessary to go in his office when his is sitting in my home? When God has come here, then what is the need to give devotion to God there?“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
1970s, (responding to a question about the word guru), Alta Loma Terrace Satsang, 1971 - reproduced from Elan Vital magazine, vol. II, issue 1
„Engvall has an elk hung on the wall.
Neighbor: Oh, man. I didn't see that. God dang, did you shoot that thing?
Engvall: Nope. He ran through the wall and got stuck. Here's your sign.“
— Bill Engvall American comedian and actor 1957
Here's Your Sign, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003) Here's Your Sign: Live! (2004)
„Man is by nature unable to want God to be God. Indeed, he himself wants to be God, and does not want God to be God.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517), Thesis 17
„God wants us to worship Him. He doesn't need us, for He couldn't be a self-sufficient God and need anything or anybody, but He wants us. When Adam sinned it was not he who cried, 'God, where art Thou?' It was God who cried, 'Adam, where art thou?“
— Aiden Wilson Tozer American missionary 1897 - 1963
Worship: The Missing Jewel as quoted in Vernon K. McLellan (2000), Twentieth century thoughts that shaped the church p. 265.
„When God wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight, but when He wants to make a giant oak, He takes a hundred years. Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process.“
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„He [somebody at Carnegie Mellon University] had betrayed us. But he didn't just do it to us. Chances are he did it to you too. [Pointing at member of audience. ] And I think, mostly likely, he did it to you too. [Pointing at another member of audience. ][Laughter] And he probably did it to you as well. [Pointing to third member of audience. ] He probably did it to most of the people here in this room — except a few, maybe, who weren't born yet in 1980. Because he had promised to refuse to cooperate with just about the entire population of the Planet Earth. He had signed a non-disclosure agreement.“
— Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
2000s, Free Software: Freedom and Cooperation (2001)
„He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.“
— Ernest Renan French philosopher and writer 1823 - 1892
Oeuvres Complètes, vol. 3. L’Avenir de la Science (1890).
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— Gao Xingjian, kniha Soul Mountain
Soul Mountain (1989), ch. 81, p. 505