— Blu American rapper and music producer 1983
The World Is (Below the Heavens)
Below the Heavens (2007)
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1950s, The Chance for Peace (1953)
Contexto: These proposals spring, without ulterior motive or political passion, from our calm conviction that the hunger for peace is in the hearts of all people -- those of Russia and of China no less than of our own country. They conform to our firm faith that God created man to enjoy, not destroy, the fruits of the earth and of their own toil.
„It is a significant fact and worth pondering upon that the Bible commences with the words: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth….", while the Dhammapada … opens with the words "Mind precedes things, dominates them, creates them".“
— Nyanaponika Thera German Buddhist monk 1901 - 1994
Fonte: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1965), p. 21
Contexto: It is a significant fact and worth pondering upon that the Bible commences with the words: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth....", while the Dhammapada … opens with the words "Mind precedes things, dominates them, creates them". These momentous words are the quiet and uncontending, but unshakeable reply of the Buddha to that biblical belief. Here the roads of these two religions part: the one leads far away into an imaginary Beyond, the other leads straight home, into man's very heart.
— Benvenuto Cellini Florentine sculptor and goldsmith 1500 - 1571
Tutte le opera, che si veggono fatte dallo Iddio della Natura in cielo ed in terra, sono tutte di Scultura.
Treatise on Sculpture (1564), opening words, cited from G. P. Carpani (ed.) Vita di Benvenuto Cellini (Milano: Nicolo Bettoni, 1821) vol. 3, p. 199; translation from Jean Paul Richter (ed.) The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci (London: Phaidon, 1970) vol. 1, p. 90.
„Every man creates his own private hell,… Brutal men believe they may challenge the mighty, and when they fall, they become embittered or befriend a shallow grave.“
— L. K. Samuels American writer 1951
Fonte: Ferret: The Reluctant King (2020), p. 138
„Change is inevitable, and it is up to humankind to create a brave new world of utopia instead of dystopia, a heaven on earth instead of a living hell.“
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
The Transhumanism Handbook, 2019
„It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Fonte: Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
„In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Then he said, “Let there be light.” Which means he made the entire universe in the dark!“
— Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
— Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All
Variante: To concentrate on heaven is to create hell.
Fonte: Skinny Legs and All (1990)
„Thus God is a common light and a common splendour, enlightening heaven and earth, and every man, each according to his need and worth“
— John Ruysbroeck Flemish mystic 1293 - 1381
Quoted in The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage (1916) by C. A. Wynschenk Dom, p. 6
Contexto: God being a common good, and His boundless love being common to all, He gives His grace... to all men, Pagan and Jew, good or evil... Thus God is a common light and a common splendour, enlightening heaven and earth, and every man, each according to his need and worth.
„I believe in the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth, and God did it that way on purpose just to make the Big Bang theory look stupid.“
— Kent Hovind American young Earth creationist 1953
100 Reasons Evolution is So Stupid! (2001)
„God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.“
— Michael Crichton, livro Jurassic Park
Fonte: Jurassic Park
— Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Polish rabbi 1787 - 1859
As quoted in Leaping Souls : Rabbi Menachem Mendel And The Spirit Of Kotzk (1993) by Chaim Feinberg
Variant translation: Man must "guard himself and his uniqueness, and not imitate his fellow … for initially man was created in his own image, and only afterwards in the image of God.
„Satan tried to control the world with power but created hell. That power cannot create the ideal world. God has to create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth by true love, even to liberate hell. Based on true love, not politics or economy, scholars can change their concepts. So far, scholars have supported political authority, but that must change. Economy has supported the reigning political power, which makes for division. Now unity will come by parental love.“
— Sun Myung Moon Korean religious leader 1920 - 2012
„And how high is Christ's cross? As high as the highest heaven, and the throne of God, and the bosom of the Father — that bosom out of which forever proceed all created things. Ay, as high as the highest heaven! for — if you will receive it — when Christ hung upon the cross, heaven came down on earth, and earth ascended into heaven.“
— Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875
Fonte: Attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 171.
„True it is that we can only create a heaven for ourselves and others "by the merits of Another," since it is only by working in accordance with God's Laws that we can do anything. But there is nothing at all in these prayers as if God's anger had to be bought off, as if He had to be bribed into giving us heaven by sufferings merely "to satisfy God's justice."“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Notes from Devotional Authors of the Middle Ages (1873-1874)
Contexto: These old Mystics whom we call superstitious were far before us in their ideas of God and of prayer (that is of our communion with God). "Prayer," says a mystic of the 16th century, "is to ask not what we wish of God, but what God wishes of us." "Master who hast made and formed the vessel of the body of Thy creature, and hast put within so great a treasure, the Soul, which bears the image of Thee": so begins a dying prayer of the 14th century. In it and in the other prayers of the Mystics there is scarcely a petition. There is never a word of the theory that God's dealings with us are to show His "power"; still less of the theory that "of His own good pleasure" He has " predestined" any souls to eternal damnation. There is little mention of heaven for self; of desire of happiness for self, none. It is singular how little mention there is either of "intercession " or of " Atonement by Another's merits." True it is that we can only create a heaven for ourselves and others "by the merits of Another," since it is only by working in accordance with God's Laws that we can do anything. But there is nothing at all in these prayers as if God's anger had to be bought off, as if He had to be bribed into giving us heaven by sufferings merely "to satisfy God's justice." In the dying prayers, there is nothing of the "egotism of death." It is the reformation of God's church—that is, God's children, for whom the self would give itself, that occupies the dying thoughts. There is not often a desire to be released from trouble and suffering. On the contrary, there is often a desire to suffer the greatest suffering, and to offer the greatest offering, with even greater pain, if so any work can be done. And still, this, and all, is ascribed to God's goodness. The offering is not to buy anything by suffering, but — If only the suppliant can do anything for God's children!
These suppliants did not live to see the " reformation" of God's children. No more will any who now offer these prayers. But at least we can all work towards such practical " reformation." The way to live with God is to live with Ideas — not merely to think about ideals, but to do and suffer for them. Those who have to work on men and women must above all things have their Spiritual Ideal, their purpose, ever present. The "mystical " state is the essence of common sense.
— Harold Pinter playwright from England 1930 - 2008
Pinter on Pinter in The Observer (1980)