„Sometimes I doubt and sometimes I believe. And I like not making myself believe when I am doubting, and not making myself doubt when I am believing. Surely neither God nor Accident need my consistency.“

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American writer 1938 - 2010

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„I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt“

—  Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
The Freethinker (1970), G.W. Foote & Company, Volume 90, p. 147.

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„He feared neither God, nor devil, nor man, nor wind, nor sea, nor his own conscience. And I believe he hated everybody and everything. But I think he was afraid to die. I believe I am the only man who ever stood up to him.“

—  Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer 1857 - 1924
Referring to Mr. Burns. Compare to Heart of Darkness' manager: "He was becoming confidential now, but I fancy my unresponsive attitude must have exasperated him at last, for he judged it necessary to inform me he feared neither God nor devil, let alone any mere man. I said I could see that very well..."

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„Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe.“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
Context: Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of – maybe it’s ’cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone. And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices. Quoted by his biographer, Walter Isaacson http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/steve-jobs-in-the-end-he-didnt-like-the-off-switch/61586?tag=nl.e589

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„I am a Unitarian. I believe in God.“

—  William Howard Taft American politician, 27th President of the United States (in office from 1909 to 1913) 1857 - 1930
Context: I am a Unitarian. I believe in God. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. Letter to Yale University (1899), quoted in Henry F. Pringle, William Howard Taft: The Life and Times, vol. 1, p. 45 (1939).

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„I believe in God, and I trust myself in His hands.“

—  James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 595

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„Do I believe in God? Yes, when I am working. When I am submissive and modest, I feel myself to be greatly helped by someone who causes me to do things that exceed my capabilities. However, I cannot acknowledge him because it is as if I were to find myself before a conjuror whose sleight of hand eludes me.“

—  Henri Matisse French artist 1869 - 1954
Si je crois en Dieu? Oui, quand je travaille. Quand je suis soumis et modeste, je me sens tellement aidé par quelqu'un qui me fait faire des choses qui me surpassent. Pourtant je ne me sens envers lui aucune reconnaissance car c'est comme si je me trouvais devant un prestidigitateur dont je ne puis percer les tours.

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„I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Lecture III, Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered

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„When in doubt act like god.“

—  Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958
ABC 20/20 interview 2004 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2004/oct/31/usa.religion

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„I have studied at Barcelona, at Salamanca, at Alcala, at Paris; what have I learned? The language of doubt; but in me there was no harbor for doubt. Jesus came, and my trust in God has grown by the doubts of men.“

—  Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Saint, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) 1491 - 1556
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 599.

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„I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I'd be without you…“

—  Brian Wilson American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer 1942
God Only Knows (co-written with Tony Asher) ·  1966 Beach Boys performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpd4jzKA4SA · David Bowie performance (1984) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOadV_CPT_k&spfreload=1 · Brian Wilson and The Corrs at Buckingham Palace (2002) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEMGE9cPwmk · "The Impossible Orchestra" — BBC multi-star performance (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-jo · Brian Wilson and She & Him : "On The Island" + "God Only Knows" (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sruOAvMRjhs