„God's hand is strange to us. He cares nothing for the moment, nothing for the feeble ambitions of men and women. He sees the road that flows onward forever.“

—  Orson Scott Card, livro Stone Tables, Stone Tables (1997)

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„See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly.“

—  Homér, The Odyssey (Cowper)
Odyssey (c. 725 BC), ὢ πόποι, οἷον δή νυ θεοὺς βροτοὶ αἰτιόωνται. ἐξ ἡμέων γάρ φασι κάκ' ἔμμεναι· οἱ δὲ καὶ αὐτοὶ σφῇσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὑπὲρ μόρον ἄλγε' ἔχουσιν. I. 32–34 (tr. Samuel Butler).

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„Among the strange things of this world, nothing seems more strange than that men pursuing happiness should knowingly quit the right and take a wrong road, and frequently do what their judgments neither approve nor prefer.“

—  John Jay American politician and a founding father of the United States 1745 - 1829
1770s, Letter to Lindley Murray (1774), Context: Among the strange things of this world, nothing seems more strange than that men pursuing happiness should knowingly quit the right and take a wrong road, and frequently do what their judgments neither approve nor prefer. Yet so is the fact; and this fact points strongly to the necessity of our being healed, or restored, or regenerated by a power more energetic than any of those which properly belong to the human mind. We perceive that a great breach has been made in the moral and physical systems by the introduction of moral and physical evil; how or why, we know not; so, however, it is, and it certainly seems proper that this breach should be closed and order restored. For this purpose only one adequate plan has ever appeared in the world, and that is the Christian dispensation. In this plan I have full faith. Man, in his present state, appears to be a degraded creature; his best gold is mixed with dross, and his best motives are very far from being pure and free from earth and impurity. Letter to (22 August 1774), as published in The Life of John Jay (1833) by William Jay, Vol. 2, p. 345.

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„But his ambition is limitless. He dares to do what men and women don't even dare to think.“

—  Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
His Dark Materials, The Subtle Knife (1997), Context: Lord Asriel is just a man, with human power, no more than that. But his ambition is limitless. He dares to do what men and women don't even dare to think. Thorold, in Ch. 2 : The Witches

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„"God for men — religions for women," he muttered sometimes.“

—  Joseph Conrad, livro Nostromo
Nostromo (1904), Part First: The Silver of the Mine, Ch. 4

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„He preaches no religious superficialities whatsoever, nothing at all of worship, nothing of God; he is truly godless.“

—  Constantin Brunner German philosopher 1862 - 1937
Our Christ : The Revolt of the Mystical Genius (1921), Context: The difference between Christ and the other prophets is threefold: 1. Unlike the other prophets, he has no connection with politics and is not a people's tribune. In the Gospels, we find temporal circumstances only as background, Christ having no relationship to them at all. He kept his thoughts unmuddled by the world — "Get thee behind me, Satan!" — he was and remained truly free of the world. 2. He preaches no religious superficialities whatsoever, nothing at all of worship, nothing of God; he is truly godless. 3. Neither for earth nor heaven does he preach any coming kingdom. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" ( Mt. 6:33 http://bible.cc/matthew/6-33.htm). The kingdom, however, is nothing that is to come; it is here, it is within you ( Lk. 17:21 http://bible.cc/luke/17-21.htm). It is the Spirit of innerness as it is alive in him, the truly blessed man; it is the essence, ever being and never changing. It is also the essence of this our life, not merely an appendix granted it by some other essence, for which we would have to fulfill certain conditions. pp. 165-166

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„To the eye of God there are no numbers: seeing all things at one time, he counts nothing.“

—  Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1714 - 1780
As quoted in Physically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Physics and Astronomy (1997), p. 101.

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„There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Undated, Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 261

„Either God is a Mystery or He is nothing at all.“

—  Walter Terence Stace British civil servant, educator and philosopher. 1886 - 1967
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„Nothing becomes some women more than the prick of ambition. Love, on the contrary, may make them very dull.“

—  Françoise Sagan, livro Dans un mois, dans un an
Dans un mois, dans un an (1957, Those Without Shadows, translated 1957)

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„A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.“

—  John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
Context: War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other. "The Contest in America," Fraser’s Magazine (February 1862); later published in Dissertations and Discussions (1868), vol.1 p. 26

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„Men will not commonly steal women that are nothing worth.“

—  Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet English politician 1554 - 1625
Bruton v. Morris (1614), Lord Hobart's Rep. 182.

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„The text of the Bible is but a feeble symbol of the Revelation held in the text of Men and Women.“

—  H. Havelock Ellis British physician, writer, and social reformer 1859 - 1939
Impressions and Comments http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/8ells10.txt (1914)

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