— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
„You have been allowing challenges to destroy you instead of you to destroy challenges. When challenges come – my God has the final say, not my ability or knowledge.“
On handling challenges - "TB Joshua Lambasts Money-Hungry Pastors, Politicians" http://vibeghana.com/2015/01/20/t-b-joshua-lambasts-money-hungry-pastors-politicians/ Vibe Ghana (January 20 2015)
„Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.“
— Carlos Castaneda Peruvian-American author 1925 - 1998
„If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created. If you're not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is 4 600 000 000 years old. It could end in an afternoon.“
— Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961
The End of Imagination August, 1998 http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1516/15160040.htm.
„Anything you don’t understand, Mr. Rankin, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say God did it.“
— Carl Sagan, Contact
Fonte: Contact (1985), Chapter 10 (p. 166)
„Don’t ever be lazy enough, defeatist enough, cowardly enough to say “I don't understand it so it must be a miracle - it must be supernatural - God did it”. Say instead, that it’s a puzzle, it’s strange, it’s a challenge that we should rise to. Whether we rise to the challenge by questioning the truth of the observation, or by expanding our science in new and exciting directions - the proper and brave response to any such challenge is to tackle it head-on. And until we've found a proper answer to the mystery, it's perfectly ok simply to say “this is something we don't yet understand - but we're working on it.”“
— Richard Dawkins, livro The Magic of Reality
It's the only honest thing to do. Miracles, magic and myths, they can be fun. Everybody likes a good story. Myths are fun, as long as you don't confuse them with the truth. The real truth has a magic of its own. The truth is more magical, in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic - the magic of reality.
Duke University, 01/03/2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcOoqxuroI&t=54m51s
The Magic Of Reality (2012)
— James Patterson American author 1947
Fonte: The Angel Experiment
„The twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”“
— John of Patmos Christian saint and author of the Book of Revelation
Apocalypse of John
„The major challenges of climate change, the major challenge of the economy and manufacturing, the major challenges in education, and how do we turbo-charge our national education system to create the knowledge base for the future of the Australian economy. These are the sorts of areas that you're going to see detailed policy plans from us in the weeks and months ahead…“
— Kevin Rudd Australian politician, 26th Prime Minister of Australia 1957
Rudd's new vision for the nation, 5 December 2006, 13 February 2008, ABC Local Radio http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2006/s1804299.htm,
„I challenge you, instead of asking with an attitude of doubt, “If the Universe or God loved me, why would this bad thing have happened or be happening?” ask with an attitude of curiosity “Assuming the Universe or God loves me, why did this thing happen or why is it happening?”“
— Teal Swan American spiritual teacher 1984
„Prisoner, God has given you good abilities, instead of which you go about the country stealing ducks.“
— William Arabin 1773 - 1841
Notes and Queries, clxx.310
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Everything Is Illuminated
Fonte: Everything Is Illuminated
„I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world; to interrogate the "laws" of man and of "God"!“
— Anton LaVey, livro The Satanic Bible
Book I, Section I
The Satanic Bible (1969)
Contexto: In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!
Open your eyes that you may see, Oh men of mildewed minds, and listen to me ye bewildered millions!
For I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world; to interrogate the "laws" of man and of "God"!
I request reason for your golden rule and ask the why and wherefore of your ten commandments.
Before none of your printed idols do I bend in acquiescence, and he who saith "thou shalt" to me is my mortal foe!
I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad redeemer, and write over his thorn-torn brow: The TRUE prince of evil — the king of slaves!
No hoary falsehood shall be a truth to me; no stifling dogma shall encramp my pen!
I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.
I raise up in stern invasion the standard of the strong!
I gaze into the glassy eye of your fearsome Jehovah, and pluck him by the beard; I uplift a broad-axe, and split open his worm-eaten skull!
I blast out the ghastly contents of philosophically whited sepulchers and laugh with sardonic wrath!
„If you are with God in truth and faith, whatever comes as a blessing or trial will be what God allows. If you are called by God, from beginning to the end, your journey has been documented. Nothing outside your documentary will happen without God’s knowledge.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
Answering a question on challenges via Facebook - "TB Joshua Answers Questions On Marriage, Deliverance And Anointing Through Facebook" http://www.nigeriadailynews.news/news/89320-t-b-joshua-answers-questions-on-marriage-deliverance-anointing-through-facebook.html Nigeria Daily News (January 13 2014)
„God is my mentor. He has given me all that I have … the passion, perseverance and patience to endure the challenges set before me. I know as long as I keep the faith, He will look out for my best interests.“
— Iris Kyle American bodybuilder 1974
Iris Kyle, Ms. Olympia
Sourced quotes, 2008
„You shall do as God of Origin wills and comply with My demand. I shall save all humankind if you will listen to Me; but if you should object to it, I shall destroy this house so completely that not a trace of it will remain.“
— Nakayama Miki Founder of Tenrikyo 1798 - 1887
The Life of Oyasama, Foundress of Tenrikyo, p. 6
The Life of Oyasama
„I've been worrying about God a little bit lately. It seems as if he's been lashing out, you know, destroying cities, annihilating places. It seems like he's been in a bad mood. And I think it has to do with the quality of lovers he's been getting. If you look at the people who love God now, you know, if I was God, I'd need to destroy something.“
— Salman Rushdie British Indian novelist and essayist 1947
Real Time with Bill Maher TV show (7 October 2005)
„Transhumanists are building the Tower of Babel not to challenge God but to better understand the universe and human beings created in God’s image.“
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
Google It: Total Information Awareness, 2016
„Mr. Speaker, you have no idea how great this feels to be great back here at work in people’s House. As you can imagine, these last 3 1/2 months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family. But, if you look at the outpouring of love — my gosh Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring — It’s given us the strength to get through all of this. And get to this point today; it starts with God. When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and couldn’t move anymore, I started to pray. And tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing at that point it’s in God’s hands. I prayed for specific things, and I’ll tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. They were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hands, but he really did deliver for me and my family. And it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something you cannot under estimate. So I’m a living example that miracles really do happen.“
— Steve Scalise American politician 1965
„The foremost challenge is that of the knowledge revolution. Economic power will depend on creativity and innovation. Creation of wealth will move from traditional resources to the one asset: knowledge.“
— Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Jordanian businesspeople 1938
June 27, 1999, Crans Montana Forum, Switzerland.
— Philip K. Dick, livro The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle (1962)