— Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934
The Humanist interview (2012)
Kontext: If it were up to me, I would not define myself by the absence of something; "theist" is a believer, so with "atheist" you’re defining yourself by the absence of something. I think human beings work on yes, not on no. … humanist is a great term. …except that humanism sometimes is not seen as inclusive of spirituality. To me, spirituality is the opposite of religion. It’s the belief that all living things share some value. So I would include the word spiritual just because it feels more inclusive to me. Native Americans do this when they offer thanks to Mother Earth and praise the interconnectedness of “the two-legged and the four, the feathered and the clawed,” and so on. It’s lovely. … because it’s not about not believing. It’s about rejecting a god who looks like the ruling class.
„For me, in those days, the great question was: Does God exist? Or doesn't God exist? Can we, by an attitude of faith, attain to a sense of community and a better world? Or, if God doesn't exist, what do we do then? What does our world look like then? In none of this was there the least political colour.“
— Ingmar Bergman Swedish filmmaker 1918 - 2007
Stig Bjorkman interview <!-- pages 12-14 -->
Kontext: That I wasn't interested in politics or social matters, that's dead right. I was utterly indifferent. After the war and the discovery of the concentration camps, and with the collapse of political collaborations between the Russians and the Americans, I just contracted out. My involvement became religious. I went in for a psychological, religious line... the salvation-damnation issue, for me, was never political. It was religious. For me, in those days, the great question was: Does God exist? Or doesn't God exist? Can we, by an attitude of faith, attain to a sense of community and a better world? Or, if God doesn't exist, what do we do then? What does our world look like then? In none of this was there the least political colour. My revolt against bourgeois society was a revolt-against-the-father. I was a peripheral fellow, regarded with deep suspicion from every quarter... When I arrived in Gothenburg after the war, the actors at the Municipal Theatre fell into distinct groups: old ex-Nazis, Jews, and anti-Nazis. Politically speaking, there was dynamite in that company: but Torsten Hammaren, the head of the theatre, held it together in his iron grasp.
— Stephen Colbert, buch I Am America (And So Can You!)
Quelle: I Am America
„To love life and men as God loves them —
for the sake of
their infinite possibilities,
to wait like Him,
to judge like Him,
without passing judgment,
to obey the order when it is given
and never look back.“
— Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
„On seeing an ultrasound picture- It was an awkward situation because she was happy with it. I was like 'Oh God'. It was an odd looking thing. I couldn't say 'Oh, it looks like you' because that would be a dis.“
— Karl Pilkington English television personality, social commentator, actor, author and former radio producer 1972
Podcast Series 2 Episode 2
— John Steinbeck, buch The Grapes of Wrath
Quelle: The Grapes of Wrath
— Clive Staples Lewis, buch The Problem of Pain
The Problem of Pain (1940)
„[Jason's] body was bare, so that he looked like Apollo of the golden sword as much as Ares god of war.“
— Apollonius of Rhodes, buch Argonautica
Original: (el) Γυμνὸς δέμας, ἄλλα μὲν Ἄρει
εἴκελος, ἄλλα δέ που χρυσαόρῳ Ἀπόλλωνι.
Quelle: Argonautica (3rd century BC), Book III. Jason and Medea, Lines 1282–1283
— Paul Bowles, buch Let It Come Down
Quelle: Let It Come Down (1952), p. 231
— Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Speech (July 1987), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
— Maud Hart Lovelace, buch Betsy-Tacy and Tib
Quelle: Betsy-Tacy and Tib
— Yuri Gagarin Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, the first human in space 1934 - 1968
As quoted in To Rise from Earth (1996) by Wayne Lee; some websites quote him as saying "I looked and looked and looked but I didn't see God." on 14 April 1961, a couple days after his historic flight, but the authenticity of such statements have been disputed; Colonel Valentin Petrov stated in 2006 http://www.interfax-religion.ru/orthodoxy/?act=interview&div=73&domain=1 that the cosmonaut never said such words, and that the quote originated from Nikita Khrushchev's speech at the plenum of the Central Committee of the CPSU about the state's anti-religion campaign, saying "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any god there." Gagarin himself was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.
As quoted in What's Missing Inside You? (2006) by Paul Schlieker, p. 17
Variante: No I didn't see God. I looked and looked but I didn't see God.
„If Attolia could look like a queen, Eugenides was like a god revealed, transformed into something wholly unfamiliar, surrounded by the cloth-of-gold bedcover like a deity on an altar, passionless and calculating.“
— Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia
Quelle: The King of Attolia
„At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
— Thomas Nagel, buch The Last Word
The Last Word, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 130-131.
Kontext: In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper—namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.
„The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the Treasure he is.“
— John Piper American writer 1946
Quelle: Don't Waste Your Life