„Rossini was gentle with her. "In one way or another, we all have to cope with the essential solitude of being human, whether we're celibate or married."
"If you're a good person, doesn't God fill your loneliness?"
"He fills it, I think, with a divine discontent."“
„As the French say, aimer est souffrir, to love is to suffer, and therefore, to say that love is essential to the Being of God is to say that in one way or another suffering is essential to his nature. That is to say something our forefathers would have declined to accept. They would have retorted that God, as Father, must be above or beyond suffering. If, however, we take seriously the declaration "God is love," how can we avoid the entailment that suffering is essential to the divine Being?“
— Geddes MacGregor
He Who Lets Us Be: A Theology of Love (1975), p. 4
„…you have to give them both credit for being good parents simply because of the way their kids turned out. We're happily married, successful, ethical, and we remained close as siblings. If your kids can say the same thing later in life, won't you think you did a good job as a parent?“
— Nicholas Sparks American writer and novelist 1965
2000s, Three Weeks with My Brother (2004), Dana Sparks, Chapter 14, p. 247
„Religion. Yes, that's behind all my books. What I am interested in is the relationship between the blundering human being and God. I belong to no church, but I have a religious faith; it's an attempt to express that, among other things, that I try to do. Whether he confesses to being religious or not, everyone has a religious faith of a kind. I myself am a blundering human being with a belief in God who made us and we got out of hand, a kind of Frankenstein monster. Everyone can make mistakes, including God. I believe God does intervene; I think there is a Divine Power, a Creator, who has an influence on human beings if they are willing to be open to him.“
— Patrick White English-born Australian writer 1912 - 1990
In The Making (1970)
„As far as I'm concerned we are all God
That's the difference
If you really think another guy is God he doesn't lock you up Funny about that.“
— Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931
Be Here Now (1971), Contrasting the attitude of those who believe that they are especially "divine" and thus believe other people "owe" them deference — and those who assert all are divine, and thus are respectful of others proper rights and dignity as both human and divine beings.
„If you go down a road that satisfies your personal predilections and relationships and sacrifices the common good of the country, including the elementary institution by which its civilization is sustained, then you're not only derelict in your public duty, you are abandoning your obligation as a human being. And frankly, people throw around words like "crime against humanity", I think that kind of disregard for the God-endowed natural rights of human being is the archetype of all crimes against humanity, and I think we have an entire elite faction that is now committed to committing such a crime against the American people.“
— Alan Keyes American politician 1950
2009, 2013-04-02 The Talk to Solomon Show Live, quoted in * 2013-04-02 Keyes: Marriage Equality is the 'Archetype of all Crimes Against Humanity' Brian Tashman Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/keyes-marriage-equality-archetype-all-crimes-against-humanity regarding Senator Rob Portman's support of same-sex marriage after learning that his son is gay.
— Erik Satie French composer and pianist 1866 - 1925
General quotes, about artist/model Suzanne Valadon at the end of their love affair
„You have to help another person. But it’s not right to play God with masses of people. To be God you have to know what you’re doing. And to do any good at all, just believing you're right and your motives are good isn’t enough. You have to…be in touch. He isn’t in touch. No one else, no thing even, has an existence of its own for him; he sees the world only as a means to his end. It doesn’t make any difference if his end is good; means are all we’ve got.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
The Lathe of Heaven (1971), Chapter 10 (Orr)
„Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another.“
— Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998
The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950), Context: Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. His nature – if that word can be used in reference to man, who has 'invented' himself by saying 'no' to nature – consists in his longing to realize himself in another. Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude.
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
Context: There are three kinds of devotees: superior, mediocre, and inferior. The inferior devotee says, "God is out there." According to him God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says: "God is the Antaryami, the Inner Guide. God dwells in everyone's heart." The mediocre devotee sees God in the heart. But the superior devotee sees that God alone has become everything; He alone has become the twenty-four cosmic principles. He finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God. p. 909