Quotations on Gods

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The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Gods, Pleasure)

Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Time, Gods, Pain)

For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Gods, Man, Misfortune)

Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Gods, Pain)

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Death, Gods, Desire, Gifts)

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop
(Keywords: Gods, Help)

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.
- Leon Battista Alberti
(Keywords: Gods, Living)

In fact, it was the women in our house who were in the saddle. If men are the gods, women are not only the presidents but all the ministers of the government.
- Pedro Almodovar
(Keywords: Government, Men, Women, Gods, Fact)

From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Gods, Entertainment, Language, May)

Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
- Aristophanes
(Keywords: Gods, Argument, Proof)

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: God, Religion, Gods, Appearance, Devotion, Treatment)

She saw the myriad gods, and beyond God his own ineffable eternity; she saw that there were ranges of life beyond our present life, ranges of mind beyond our present mind and above these she saw the splendors of the spirit.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Life, God, Gods, Eternity, Mind, Present, Spirit)

It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical.
- Clive Barker
(Keywords: Health, Dreams, Gods, Desire, Want, World)

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
- Charles A. Beard
(Keywords: History, Power, God, Gods, First, Stars)

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Genius, Gods, Affliction, Man, Spiritual)

Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babes, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts.
- John Stuart Blackie
(Keywords: Women, Gods, Tea, Water, Wine)

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Deed, Evil, Will)

Plant diseases, drought, desolation, despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages - and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Gods, Catastrophes, Despair, Spirits, Supernatural)

The difference between Liberty and liberties is as great as God and gods.
- Ludwig Borne
(Keywords: God, Gods, Difference, Liberty)

Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.
- David Bowie
(Keywords: Life, Gods, Light, Man, Mind, State, World)

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
(Keywords: Gods, Being, Fortune)

Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power.
- Dan Brown
(Keywords: Power, Women, Gods, Spiritual, Today, World, Years)

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.
- Pearl S. Buck
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Old, Will)

And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: God, Gods, Past)

Even the most malignant gods would not continue to inflict life upon humanity, time without end.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Life, Time, Gods, End, Humanity)

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell
(Keywords: Computers, Gods, Mercy, Old, Rules)

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Thought, Gods, Labor, Punishment, Reason, Weight)

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
(Keywords: Life, Mother, Father, Gods, First, Myths, Satisfaction, Silly, Woman)

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Gods, Want)

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Gods, Ritual, Will, Wine)

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Love, Gods, Humanity)

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.
- Kate Chopin
(Keywords: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Universe)

Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Gods, Infinity, Mystery)

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.
- Robert Collier
(Keywords: Knowledge, Gods, Open)

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
- Confucius
(Keywords: Art, Truth, Anger, Gods, Yield)

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
- Cyril Connolly
(Keywords: Gods, First)

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
- Bill Cosby
(Keywords: Marriage, Heart, Gods, Memories)

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.
- Aleister Crowley
(Keywords: Gods, Mankind)

Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly.
- Democritus
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Blindness, Folly, Gifts, Now, Old)

No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
- Demosthenes
(Keywords: Gods, Friends, Help, Man, Right)

It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
- Diogenes
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Nothing, Privilege, Want)

I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Gods, Thoughts, Rest, Want)

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Truth, Knowledge, Gods, Laughter)

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Gods, May)

Happy is he who has gained the wealth of divine thoughts, wretched is he whose beliefs about the gods are dark.
- Empedocles
(Keywords: Gods, Thoughts, Wealth, Beliefs)

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
- Epicurus
(Keywords: Power, Gods, Folly, Man)

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
- William Faulkner
(Keywords: Dream, Gods, Conscience, Gain, Man, Order, Right)

Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Work, Genius, Gods, Play, Silly)

American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.
- Neil Gaiman
(Keywords: Gods, American, Words)

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