„In order to attain perfect union, we must divest ourselves of God…The common belief about God, that He is a great Taskmaster, whose function is to reward or punish, is cast out by perfect love; and in this sense the spiritual man does divest himself of God as conceived of by most people.“

—  Henrique Suso, The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant
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„No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.“

—  John the Evangelist author of the Gospel of John; traditionally identified with John the Apostle of Jesus, John of Patmos (author of Revela… 10 - 98
First Letter of John, in [1, John, 4:12, KJV]

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„We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2008, A More Perfect Union (March 2008), Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.

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„It is the perfection of God's works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity. He is the God of order and not of confusion.“

—  Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
Context: It is the perfection of God's works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity. He is the God of order and not of confusion. And therefore as they would understand the frame of the world must endeavor to reduce their knowledge to all possible simplicity, so must it be in seeking to understand these visions. Cited in Rules for methodizing the Apocalypse, Rule 9, from a manuscript published in The Religion of Isaac Newton (1974) by Frank E. Manuel, <!-- Oxford University Press -->p. 120, quoted in Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton (1983) by Richard S. Westfall, p. 326, in Fables of Mind: An Inquiry Into Poe's Fiction (1987) by Joan Dayan, p. 240, and in Everything Connects: In Conference with Richard H. Popkin (1999) by Richard H. Popkin, James E. Force, and David S. Katz, p. 124

Thomas Aquinas photo

„Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship.“

—  Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274
Quaestiones disputatae: De caritate (ca. 1270) http://dhspriory.org/thomas/QDdeVirtutibus2.htm#4

Reinhold Niebuhr photo

„If the man of power were to take a message of absolute honesty and absolute love seriously he would lose his power, or would divest himself of it.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971
Christianity and Power Politics (1936), Context: In the simple and decadent individualism of the Oxford group movement there is no understanding of the fact that the man of power is always to a certain degree an anti-Christ. "All power," said Lord Acton with cynical realism, "corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely." If the man of power were to take a message of absolute honesty and absolute love seriously he would lose his power, or would divest himself of it. This is not to imply that the world can get along without power and that it is not preferable that men of conscience should wield it rather than scoundrels. But if men of power had not only conscience but also something of the gospel's insight into the intricacies of social sin in the world, they would know that they could never extricate themselves completely from the sinfulness of power, even while they were wielding it ostensibly for the common good. (Chapter 29: "Hitler and Buchman")

Anton Chekhov photo

„People understand God as the expression of the most lofty morality. Maybe He needs only perfect people.“

—  Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Letters, Letter to E.M. Shavrova (April 6, 1892)

John Green photo

„God will punish the wicked. And before He does, we will.“

—  John Green, livro Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska (2005), Chip "the Colonel" Martin, p. 71

Martin Luther photo

„Man is by nature unable to want God to be God. Indeed, he himself wants to be God, and does not want God to be God.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517), Thesis 17

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Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„Self-reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
The Fugitive Slave Law http://www.rwe.org/comm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=75&Itemid=254, a lecture in New York City (7 March 1854), The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)

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„Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors of the World, both Ancient and Modern (1908) by Tyron Edwards, p. 592

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