„A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I'm not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.“
— Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
„When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.“
— Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace
The Art of Peace (1992)
— Laxmi Prasad Devkota Nepali poet 1909 - 1959
सुस्तरी श्वास फेर
„We bow our heads before Thee, and we laud
And magnify thy name Almighty God!
But man is thy most awful instrument
In working out a pure intent.“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Ode. Imagination before Content.
„Thus far woman has struggled through life with bandaged eyes, accepting the dogma of her weakness and inability to take care of herself not only physically but intellectually. She has held out a trembling hand and received gratefully the proffered aid. She has foregone her right to study, to know the laws and purposes of government to which she is subject. But there is now awakened in her a consciousness that she is defrauded of her legitimate Rights and that she never can fulfill her mission until she is placed in that position to which she feels herself called by the divinity within. Hitherto she has surrendered her person and her individuality to man, but she can no longer do this and not feel that she is outraging her nature and her God.“
— Sarah Grimké American abolitionist 1792 - 1873
The Female Experience (1977), Written in 1857, as quoted in ch. 87.
„Sin, without strong restraints, would pull God from His throne, make the world the minion of its lusts, and all beings bow down and worship.“
— Richard Cecil (clergyman) British Evangelical Anglican priest and social reformer 1748 - 1810
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 549.
„If there is a God, I don't think He would demand that anybody bow down or stand up to Him. I have often a suspicion God is still trying to work things out and hasn't finished.“
— Rebecca West British feminist and author 1892 - 1983
The Paris Review interview (1981), This has also appeared in paraphrased form as: "If there is a God, I don't think He would demand that anyone bow down or stand up to Him. I often have a suspicion that God is still trying to work things out and hasn't finished."
„There is a beautiful tale among the Australian aborigines which says that the bow and arrow were not man's invention, but an ancestor God turned himself into a bow and his wife became the bowstring, for she constantly has her hands around his neck, as the bowstring embraces the bow. So the couple came down to earth and appeared to a man, revealing themselves as bow and bowstring, and from that the man understood how to construct a bow. The bow ancestor and his wife then disappeared again into a hole in the earth. So man, like an ape, only copied, but did not invent, the bow and arrow. And so the smiths originally, or so it seems from Eliade's rather plausible argument, did not feel that they had invented metallurgy; rather, they learned how to transform metals on the basis of understanding how God made the world.“
— Marie-Louise von Franz Swiss psychologist and scholar 1915 - 1998
Creation Myths (1972), Deus Faber
„I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.“
— Quentin Crisp writer, Actor 1908 - 1999
„If the Church would have her face shine, she must go up into the mount, and be alone with God. If she would have her courts of worship resound with eucharistic praises, she must open her eyes, and see humanity lying lame at the temple gates, and heal it in the miraculous name of Jesus.“
— Frederic Dan Huntington American bishop 1819 - 1904
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 145.