„I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.“

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„I'm especially interested in the music of John Cage... I would like to do some experimenting with the relationship between his freeform sound and free-form art.“

—  Jasper Johns American artist 1930
Quote of Johns, from: John Adds Plaster Casts To Focus Target Paintings, Donald Key, Milwaukee Journal, 19 June 1960, pt. 5, p. 6

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„Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
As quoted in Think, Vol. 4-5 (1938), p. 32

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„I could feel my colour. I could feel racism...in the way people looked at you, and the way they talked to you. Now, though, because of the mixing of cultures, it seems like some kind of brilliant social experiment...In some ways it seems to me the city of the future.“

—  Jeet Thayil Indian writer 1959
Context: I could feel my colour. I could feel racism... in the way people looked at you, and the way they talked to you. Now, though, because of the mixing of cultures, it seems like some kind of brilliant social experiment... In some ways it seems to me the city of the future. In the cultural scene in London

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„From my youth you have taught me, O God, and now I would like to proclaim Your Wonders“

—  Carl Linnaeus Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist 1707 - 1778
Praise at the end of the index. In Systema Naturae (1758), from Psalm 71. Original in Latin: "Docuisti me Deus a juventute mea, & usque nunc pronunciabo Mirabilia Tua"

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„In prison, I found out who God really was, who He is, and that too took some time. I had seen God as an arbitrary rule maker. He made His rules the same way my parents did. The reason was "Because I said so!". But that was a false image of God.“

—  Sean Sellers American murderer 1969 - 1999
Context: In prison, I found out who God really was, who He is, and that too took some time. I had seen God as an arbitrary rule maker. He made His rules the same way my parents did. The reason was "Because I said so!". But that was a false image of God. The way Anton LaVey saw God also affected his view of Satan.

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