„God works in a mysterious way in grace as well as in nature, concealing His operations under an imperceptible succession of events, and thus keeps us always in the darkness of faith.“

—  Francois Fénelon, P. 280.
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„The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible.“

—  Richard Cecil (clergyman) British Evangelical Anglican priest and social reformer 1748 - 1810
Context: The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. The shallow brook babbles or. its passage, and is heard by every one; but the coming on of the seasons is silent and unseen. The storm rages and alarms; but its fury is soon exhausted, and its effects are partial and soon remedied; but the dew, though gentle and unheard, is immense in quantity, and the very life of large portions of the earth. And these are pictures of the operations of grace in the church and in the soul. p. 318.

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„Here then we see God’s way of success in our work, whatever it may be – a trinity of prayer, faith and patience.“

—  James O. Fraser missionary to China, inventor of Tibeto-Burman Nosu alphabet 1886 - 1938
16 January 1916 Source: Geraldine Taylor. Behind the Ranges: The Life-changing Story of J.O. Fraser. Singapore: OMF International (IHQ) Ltd., 1998, 151.

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„God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways.“

—  Penn Jillette American magician 1955
Context: It's fair to say that the Bible contains equal amounts of fact, history, and pizza. … God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways. This statement is a rebuke to the famous assertion by William Cowper: "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm."

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„Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.“

—  Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918
Context: The art of this poetry of love and hope which marked the mystics, lay of course in the background of shadows which marked the cloister. "Inter Vania nihil vanius est homine." [Among vain things nothing is more vain than man. ] Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God. If ever modern science achieves a definition of Energy, possibly it may borrow the figure:— Energy is the inherent effort of every multiplicity to become unity. Adam's poetry was an expression of the effort to reach absorption through love, not through fear, but to do this thoroughly he had to make real to himself his own nothingness; most of all to annihilate pride, for the loftiest soul can comprehend that an atom — say, of hydrogen,— which is proud of its personality, will never merge in a molecule of water.

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