„I felt the power of God as I'd never felt it before.“
„I've always felt the need to pray... I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Trump's interview with David Brody http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2017/january/worship-artist-credits-psalms-91-for-miraculous-cancer-healing, CBN News (29 January 2017)
„I have never passed a more anxious or trying month in my life, but I never felt God so present with me.“
— James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(A.J. Broomhall. Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Two: Over the Treaty Wall. London: Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1982, 192).
„I cannot express what I felt, but I knew at that moment that God's presence had never left me, that He had been with me there in solitary.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: One cannot be in my position, looked to by some for guidance, without being constantly reminded of the awesomeness of its responsibility. I live with one deep concern: Am I making the right decisions? Sometimes I am uncertain, and I must look to God for guidance. There was one morning I recall, when I was in the Birmingham jail, in solitary, with not even my lawyers permitted to visit, and I was in a nightmare of despair. The very future of our movement hung in the balance, depending upon capricious turns of events over which I could have no control there, incommunicado, in an utterly dark dungeon. This was about ten days after our Birmingham demonstrations began. Over 400 of our followers had gone to jail; some had been bailed out, but we had used up all of our money for bail, and about 300 remained in jail, and I felt personally responsible. It was then that President Kennedy telephoned my wife, Coretta. After that, my jail conditions were relaxed, and the following Sunday afternoon -- it was Easter Sunday -- two S. C. L. C. attorneys were permitted to visit me. The next day, word came to me from New York that Harry Belafonte had raised $50,000 that was available immediately for bail bonds, and if more was needed, he would raise that. I cannot express what I felt, but I knew at that moment that God's presence had never left me, that He had been with me there in solitary. Interview in Playboy (January 1965) https://web.archive.org/web/20080706183244/http://www.playboy.com/arts-entertainment/features/mlk/04.html
„At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
„I was once in a rig which was inducing considerable pain, and I finally just said... God, you've got it. I can't take it any more. I can't handle it. I'm just putting it entirely in your hands, and from the instant I phrased that... I felt absolutely no pain. In fact, I felt the greatest sense of comfort, not only physical comfort, but psychological warmth and comfort that I have ever felt in my life, before or since.“
— Jeremiah Denton American Vietnam War POW and politician 1924 - 2014
Jeremiah http://www.pbs.org/video/alabama-public-television-documentaries-jeremiah/ (2015) 34:07.
— Mark Heard American musician and record producer 1951 - 1992
„I heard the hiss and felt the blessed numbness spreading. If there is a God, I thought, it’s a painkiller.“
— Dan Simmons American novelist 1948
Chapter 34 (p. 350)
— Sam Walter Foss American writer 1858 - 1911
The volunteer Organist, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„But now, I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to lament. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was nothing but ashes no, but I felt myself to be stronger than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound for so long. In the midst of these men assembled for prayer, I felt like an observer, a stranger.“
— Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
„I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom.“
— Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life
Ch. 4 "Called To The Bar"
„Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802, l. 11 (1802).