„One might say: art shows us the miracles of nature. It is based on the concept of the miracles of nature.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (1980)
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„If we define a miracle as an effect of which the cause is unknown to us, then we make our ignorance the source of miracles! and the universe itself would be a standing miracle. A miracle might be perhaps defined more exactly as an effect which is not the consequence or effect of any known laws of nature.“

—  Charles Babbage mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer 1791 - 1871
Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864), "Passages from the life of a philosopher", Appendix, p. 489

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„Miracles are not the intercession of an external, divine agency in violoation of the laws of nature. A miracles is something impossible from an old understanding of reality, and possible from a new one.“

—  Charles Eisenstein American writer 1967
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„This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World (1994), Context: A modern philosopher once said: "Only a God can save us now." Yes, the only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our certainty that we are rooted in the earth and, at the same time, in the cosmos. This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well.

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„Miracle is simply the religious name for event. Every event, even the most natural and usual, becomes a miracle, as soon as the religious view of it can be the dominant. To me all is miracle.“

—  Friedrich Schleiermacher German theologian, philosopher, and biblical scholar 1768 - 1834
On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (1799), [On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, 1893, London, Paul, Trench, Trubner, 23, Second Speech: The Nature of Religion]

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„To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature.“

—  Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784
Pensées Philosophiques (1746), As quoted in The Anchor Book of French Quotations with English Translations (1963) by Norbert Gutermam

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„Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
Introduction to The Ethics of Spinoza (1910)

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„Faith is indeed one of the miracles of human nature which science is as ready to accept as it is to study its marvellous effects.“

—  William Osler Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital 1849 - 1919
The Faith that Heals (1910), Context: Faith is indeed one of the miracles of human nature which science is as ready to accept as it is to study its marvellous effects. When we realise what a vast asset it has been in history, the part which it has played in the healing art seems insignificant, and yet there is no department of knowledge more favourable to an impartial study of its effects, and this brings me to my subject — the faith that heals.

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