„When a liberal is abused, he says, ‘Thank God they didn’t beat me.’ When he is beaten, he thanks God they didn’t kill him. When he is killed, he will thank God that his immortal soul has been delivered from its mortal clay.“

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„Speaking as a devout atheist, thank God in his Almighty wisdom that he made us mortal.“

—  Norman G. Finkelstein American political scientist and author 1953
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„I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama.“

—  Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
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„I thank God that in the bath of Pain
He purged my love.“

—  Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
Context: I thank God that in the bath of Pain He purged my love. What strong compulsion drew Me on I knew not, till I saw in you The treasure I had blindly sought in vain. I praise Him, who our love has lifted thus To noble rank by sorrow, — licensed us To a triumphal progress, bade us sweep Thro' fen and forest to our castle-keep, A noble pair, astride on Pegasus! Falk, Act III

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