„Yet the ivory gods, And the ebony gods, And the gods of diamond-jade, Are only silly puppet gods That people themselves Have made.“

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—  Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955

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„A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque.“

—  Arthur Koestler Hungarian-British author and journalist 1905 - 1983

Epilogue
The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe (1959)
Contexto: The uomo universale of the Renaissance, who was artist and craftsman, philosopher and inventor, humanist and scientist, astronomer and monk, all in one, split up into his component parts. Art lost its mythical, science its mystical inspiration; man became again deaf to the harmony of the spheres. The Philosophy of Nature became ethically neutral, and "blind" became the favourite adjective for the working of natural law. The space-spirit hierarchy was replaced by the space-time continuum.... man's destiny was no longer determined from "above" by a super-human wisdom and will, but from "below" by the sub-human agencies of glands, genes, atoms, or waves of probability.... they could determine his fate, but could provide him with no moral guidance, no values and meaning. A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque.

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„Christ was a Jew, and God, he is supposed to have made the universe. That's a little far-fetched because if God made the world, who made God?“

—  Julius Streicher German politician 1885 - 1946

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„I would be willing to live and be farther serviceable to God and his people; but my work is done. Yet God will be with his people.“

—  Oliver Cromwell English military and political leader 1599 - 1658

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„If God wanted us to bend over he would put diamonds on the floor.“

—  Joan Rivers American comedian, actress, and television host 1933 - 2014

„I'm Jewish. I don't work out.."


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Variante: I'm Jewish. I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.

„Human beings are made to have a connection with the Gods and yet we have separated ourselves from them.“

—  Patxi Xabier Lezama Perier sculptor and writer 1967

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„Each people has its gods, or the spirits in which they believe. It may be their god is the same as ours, only clothed in different stories, different ideas, but a god can only be strong, Hannes, if he is worshiped, and the gods of those ancient people are lonesome gods now.“

—  Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988

Fonte: The Lonesome Gods (1983), Ch. 8
Contexto: Long ago, before the Indians who live here now, there were other people.  Perhaps they went away, or maybe they died or were driven out by these Indians’ ancestors, but they are gone. Yet sometimes I am not sure they are gone. I think sometimes their spirits are still around, in the land they loved.
Each people has its gods, or the spirits in which they believe. It may be their god is the same as ours, only clothed in different stories, different ideas, but a god can only be strong, Hannes, if he is worshiped, and the gods of those ancient people are lonesome gods now.
They are out there in the desert and mountains, and perhaps their strength has waned because nobody lights fires on their altars anymore. But they are there, Hannes, and sometimes I think they know me and remember me.

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„And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made“

—  Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer 1941

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Contexto: And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence"

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„My God, my God, have mercy on me, and on my poor people!“

—  William the Silent stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht, leader of the Dutch Revolt 1533 - 1584

Last words, as quoted in De Vader des Vaderlands (1941) by W. Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, p. 29
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O my God, have mercy on this poor people.
My God, have pity on my soul; my God, have pity on this poor people.
My God, have mercy on my soul and on these poor people.
My God, have pity on my soul; I am badly wounded. My God, have pity on my soul and on this poor people!

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