— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
„The wisdom of God oft times appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when god speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.“
„Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.“
— Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
Context: Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
„There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;
No wisdom but in submission to the gods.
Big words are always punished,
And proud men in old age learn to be wise.“
— Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 a.C.
Context: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise. Line 1347, closing lines
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
1:14 http://books.google.com/books?id=9dJGZkTAqJsC&q="we+were+ensnared+by+the+wisdom+of+the+serpent+we+are+set+free+by+the+foolishness+of+god"&pg=PA10#v=onepage Latin: Serpentis sapientia decepti sumus, Dei stultitia liberamur.
„Not a single right is indestructible: a new might can at any time abolish it, hence, man possesses not a single permanent right.
God is Might (and He is shifty, malicious, and uncertain).“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„We have no more thought of using our own powers to escape the arm of authorities than had the Apostles of old. No more are we ready to keep silent at man's behest when God commands us to speak. For it is, and must remain, the case that we must obey God rather than man.“
— Martin Niemöller German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor 1892 - 1984
Last sermon before being imprisoned by the Nazi regime of Germany (27 June 1937), as quoted in Religion in the Reich (1939) by Michael Power, p. 142
„There is one god, greatest among gods and men, similar to mortals neither in shape nor in thought.“
— Xenophanes Presocratic philosopher -570 - -475 a.C.
Fragment 23, as quoted in Notes on Greek Philosophy by Anthony Preus (Global Academic Publishing, 1996), p. 10
„When commanded by the officials to cease their Christian activity, they replied, "We must obey God rather than man."“
— Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
Context: The third reference is to Matthew 22:21 and to the 13th chapter of Romans. It is said that Jesus and St. Paul accepted the authority of the state, and since the state rests upon force and war, the Christian must likewise accept these. It is quite true that Jesus recognized the sphere of the state, in the statement, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar." He paid taxes and never renounced the authority of the state. But this is only a half-truth. He likewise said, "Give God what belongs to God," and "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." St. Paul also upholds the state, especially in the thirteenth chapter of Romans. Upon close inspection of the teaching of St. Paul, however, the most that can be said in this connection is that the authority of the state is to be recognized and obeyed in so far as it does not conflict with the higher law of God.... The New Testament is filled with instances where the disciples refused to obey the government authorities, and many times they were imprisoned for disobedience. When commanded by the officials to cease their Christian activity, they replied, "We must obey God rather than man." Ch.4 p. 65-69
— Norman G. Finkelstein American political scientist and author 1953
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
I. 218 (tr. Richmond Lattimore).
— William Wordsworth, The Excursion 1814
„Men always talk about the most important things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image of God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of the wisdom of a moustache.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
The Club of Queer Trades http://books.google.com/books?id=mjcdk4InFzoC&q="Men+always+talk+about+the+most+important+things+to+total+strangers+it+is+because+in+the+total+stranger+we+perceive+man+himself+the+image+of+God+is+not+disguised+by+resemblances+to+an+uncle+or+doubts+of+the+wisdom+of+a+moustache"&pg=PT93#v=onepage (1905) Ch. 5 "The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd"