ᐅ143+ God Quotes to Help You Learn About God

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises

"God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good,

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ― C.S. Lewis

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” ― Anonymous

“God has no religion.”

“God has no religion.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ― C.S. Lewis

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ― Nicolas Chamfort

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.” ― C.S. Lewis

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC” ― kurt vonnegut

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” ― Dorothy Parker

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made,

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple,

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: "Go down again - I dwell among the people.” ― John Henry Newman

“I talk to God but the sky is empty.”

“I talk to God but the sky is empty.” ― Sylvia Plath

“Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to

“Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ― Epicurus

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” ― Augustine of Hippo

“God save us from people who mean well.”

“God save us from people who mean well.” ― Vikram Seth

“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”

“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.” ― Stephen King

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God

“You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott

“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!”

“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn't in submission to God!” ― T D Jakes

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” ― Joni Eareckson Tada

“He – and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could

“He - and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would ever fuck things up this badly.” ― George Carlin

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” ― alice walker

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” ― Erma Bombeck

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.”

“I don't stand for black man's side, I don't stand for white man's side, I stand for God's side.” ― Bob Marley

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” ― Woody Allen

“Above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything else you do.”

“Above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything else you do.” ― Anonymous

“God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.”

“God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.” ― Woody Allen

“I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.”

“I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.” ― Albert Camus

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Greed is your god, Kaz.”

“Greed is your god, Kaz." He almost laughed at that. "No, Inej. Greed bows to me. It is my servant and my lever.” ― Leigh Bardugo

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” ― Will Smith

“Look for God, suggests my Guru. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.”

“Look for God, suggests my Guru. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“All that you touch You Change.

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.” ― Octavia E. Butler

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.”

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” ― Voltaire

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell

“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.”

“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but

“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” ― Criss Jami

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ― Galileo Galilei

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you?

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. Lewis

“If there were such a thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood.”

“If there were such a thing as terminal literalism, you'd have died in childhood.” ― Cassandra Clare

“God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is ‘no’.”

“God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is 'no'.” ― Dan Brown

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“God’s Final Message to His Creation:

“God's Final Message to His Creation: 'We apologize for the inconvenience.” ― Douglas Adams

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” ― A.W. Tozer

“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.”

“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” ― Voltaire

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” ― thomas paine

“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil;

“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg

“25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying ‘Where

“25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying 'Where is the flaming sword that was given unto thee?' 26 And the Angel said, 'I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.' 27 And the Lord did not ask him again.” ― Neil Gaiman

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” ― Meister Eckhart

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” ― C.S. Lewis

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” ― Salman Rushdie

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else.

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?” ― Paulo Coelho

The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue

“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.” ― Sam Harris

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” ― C.S. Lewis

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” ― C.S. Lewis

“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer

“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” ― Rob Bell

“Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most

“Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most those we love best?” ― Jacqueline Carey

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” ― Albert Einstein

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” ― John Lennon

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.” ― David Hume

“If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it.” ― Haruki Murakami

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.” ― Victor Hugo

“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately

“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.” ― Francis Chan

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes

“For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” ― C.S. Lewis

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

“We almost made it to thirty seconds without an insult. I think we set a new record.”

“We almost made it to thirty seconds without an insult. I think we set a new record.” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon

“You can get a thousand no’s from people, and only one “yes” from God.”

“You can get a thousand no's from people, and only one "yes" from God.” ― Tyler Perry

“Men trust God by risking rejection. Women trust God by waiting.”

“Men trust God by risking rejection. Women trust God by waiting.” ― Carolyn McCulley

“It doesn’t matter if a million people tell you what you can’t do, or if ten million tell you no.

“It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that's all you need.” ― Tyler Perry

“Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the

“Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.” ― Jodi Picoult

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright

“Lift your hips for me, love.”

“Lift your hips for me, love.” ― Tahereh Mafi

“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.”

“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.” ― Francine Rivers

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ― Corrie Ten Boom

“A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man”

“A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Anything under God’s control is never out of control.”

“Anything under God's control is never out of control.” ― Charles Swindoll

“He knew only that his child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God

“He knew only that his child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke.” ― Cormac McCarthy

“If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?”

“If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?” ― Chuck Palahniuk

“Hobbes: Do you think there's a God? Calvin: Well, somebody's out to get me!” ― Bill Watterson

“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life.

“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.” ― Joyce Meyer

“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”

“Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.” ― John Lennon

“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation

“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it's whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.” ― J.K. Rowling

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.” ― William Blake

“There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

“There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” ― Anonymous

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature.

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.” ― Hubert Reeves

“We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another.

“We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man's terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“If a woman sleeps alone it puts a shame on all men. God has a very big heart, but there is one sin He will not forgive. If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis

“The best things are never arrived at in haste. God is in no hurry; His plans are never rushed.”

“The best things are never arrived at in haste. God is in no hurry; His plans are never rushed.” ― Michael Phillips

“When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.”

“When your will is God's will, you will have your will.” ― Charles Spurgeon

“And when I saw him[my father] lying dead in a pool of his own blood, I knew then that I hadn't stopped believing in God. I'd just stopped believing God cared. There might be a God, Clary, and there might be not. Either way, we're on our own.” ― Cassandra Clare

“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.”

“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.” ― Andrew Murray

“If there was a God. I would spit in his face for subjecting me to this. If there was a Devil, I would sell my sould to make it end. If there was something Higher that controlled out f***ing fates, I would tell it to take my fate and shove it up its fucking ass. Shove it hard and far, you motherf***er. Please end. Please end. Please end.” ― James Frey

“All sacrifice and suffering is redemptive. It is used to either teach the individual or to help others. Nothing is by chance.” ― A.J. RUSSELL

“But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.” ― francis chan

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” ― Brennan Manning

“Do your best and let God do the rest.” ― Ben Carson

“The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.” ― Soren A. Kierkegaard

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (Psalms 116:1-2 NIV)” ― Anonymous

“Crap. It's all crap. Living is crap. Life has no meaning. None. Nowhere to be found. Crap. Why doesn't anybody realize this?” ― K-Ske Hasegawa

“He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)” ― C. S. Lewis

“How can He be perfect? Everything He ever makes...dies.” ― George Carlin

“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” ― James Baldwin

“I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.” ― Julie Delpy

“I have found God, but he is insufficient.” ― Henry Miller

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.” ― Ansel Adams

“People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil... Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” ― Anne Rice

“I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” ― Ravi Zacharias

“In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there's no danger that we will confuse God's work with our own, or God's glory with our own.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

“I hate you, God. I hate you as though you actually exist.” ― Graham Greene

“I once listened to an Indian on television say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze.” ― Donald Miller

“Religion is still useful among the herd - that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be. Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else...” ― H.P. Lovecraft

“When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise. We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created our universe,and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.” ― Stephen Hawking

“To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase 'terrible beauty.' Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else's body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.” ― Christopher Hitchens

“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
” ― Dark Jar Tin Zoo

“Sometimes I go to God and say, "God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.” ― A.W. Tozer

“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and

“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.” ― Pablo Picasso

“Garcia wondered why people with JESUS stickers on their bumper always drove twenty miles per hour under the speed limit. If God was my co-pilot, he thought, I'd be doing a hundred and twenty.” ― Carl Hiaasen

“My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” ― Anonymous

“Just because you can explain it doesn't mean it's not still a miracle.” ― Terry Pratchett

“I try not to make plans. God always laughs at your plans. I’m going to keep the door open, and keep the page blank, and see what gets painted upon it.” ― Tom Hiddleston

“إلى البكائين على مافات٫ المتحيّرين وراء تحقيق المعجزات٫ الدائرين حول محور من أنفسهم يصارعون المنى وتصارعهم دون الانتهاء إلى قرار.. ألى هؤلاء نوجّه كلمة ( وليم جيمس ) : "ان بيننا وبين الله رابطة لاتنفصم٫ فإذا نحن أخضعنا أنفسنا لإشرافه-سبحانه وتعالى- تحققت أمنياتنا وآمالنا كلها” ― محمد الغزالي, جدد حياتك

“Without God all things are permitted.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.” ― Carl Sagan

“Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!” ― Joel Osteen

“I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

“When I was a little girl, everything in the world fell into either of these two categories: wrong or right. Black or white. Now that I am an adult, I have put childish things aside and now I know that some things fall into wrong and some things fall into right. Some things are categorized as black and some things are categorized as white. But most things in the world aren't either! Most things in the world aren't black, aren't white, aren't wrong, aren't right, but most of everything is just different. And now I know that there's nothing wrong with different, and that we can let things be different, we don't have to try and make them black or white, we can just let them be grey. And when I was a child, I thought that God was the God who only saw black and white. Now that I am no longer a child, I can see, that God is the God who can see the black and the white and the grey, too, and He dances on the grey! Grey is okay.” ― C. JoyBell C.

“When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility. ” ― Anne Lamott

“Almighty God, I am sorry I am now an atheist, but have You read Nietzsche?” ― John Fante

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” ― Joel Osteen

“The reality of loving God is loving him like he's a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff.” ― Criss Jami

“Our tendency in the midst of suffering is to turn on God. To get angry and bitter and shake our fist at the sky and say, "God, you don't know what it's like! You don't understand! You have no idea what I'm going through. You don't have a clue how much this hurts." The cross is God's way of taking away all of our accusations, excuses, and arguments. The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, "Me too.” ― Rob Bell

“When every hope is gone, 'when helpers fail and comforts flee,' I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“I am stronger than your god and older than your devil. I am the darkness between stars, and the roots beneath the earth. I am promise, and potential, and when it comes to playing games, i divine the rules, I set the pieces, and I choose when to play.” ― V.E. Schwab

“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.” ― Desmond Tutu

“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.” ― Stuart Chase

“We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” ― Anonymous

“It's good to let God pick a man for you. We don't do so well when we pick them ourselves. They end up lipsticks in a drawer, all those wrong colors you thought looked so good in the package.” ― Deb Caletti

“I used to wonder if it was God's plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.” ― Lana Del Rey

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.” ― Joseph Smith

“Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.” ― Martin Luther

“We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen, we practiced believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast, for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible. Instead of rejoicing in this glorious "impossible" which gives meaning and dignity to our lives, we try to domesticate God, to make his might actions comprehensible to our finite minds.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows, Help us to see That without the dust the rainbow Would not be.” ― Langston Hughes

“never's the word God listens for when he needs a laugh.” ― Stephen King

“God is love," she said. "And he respects love, whether it's between a parents, and child, a man and woman, or friends. I don't think he cares about religion one little bit. Live your life right. Love with all your heart. Don't hurt others, and help those in need. That is all you need to know. And don't worry about heaven. If it exists, you'll be welcome.” ― Ellen Hopkins

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” ― Anonymous

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.” ― A.W. Tozer

“Deep in each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something knows, and cannot be fled nor hid from.” ― Cormac McCarthy

“And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth he sleep! The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God,' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.” ― Carl Sagan

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention.” ― Donald Miller

“It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved. That is sin.” ― John Piper

“God will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I have good idea, for if you meet some person from different religion and he want to make argument about God. My idea is, you listen to everything this man say about God. Never argue about God with him. Best thing to say is, 'I agree with you.' Then you go home, pray what you want. This is my idea for people to have peace about religion.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“Give me the Love that leads the way The Faith that nothing can dismay The Hope no disappointments tire The Passion that'll burn like fire Let me not sink to be a clod Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God” ― Amy Carmichael

“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” ― Joyce Kilmer

“Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”

“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.” ― Lenny Bruce

“In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison-you do not know God at all. ” ― C.S. Lewis

“When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes.” ― Thomas S. Monson

“We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.” ― Anatole France

“It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed.” ― DH Lawrence

“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.”

“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” ― C.S. Lewis

“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.” ― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

“Life is suffering Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated Truth is the handmaiden of love Dialogue is the pathway to truth Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small So speech must be untrammeled So that dialogue can take place So that we can all humbly learn So that truth can serve love So that suffering can be ameliorated So that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God” ― Jordan B. Peterson

“Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The devil made me do it.' I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.” ― Neil Gaiman

“When everything gets answered, it's fake.” ― Sean Penn

“That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre

“God is the Cure, Love is the Answer” ― Aimee Cabo Nikolov

“But where was God now, with heaven full of astronauts, and the Lord overthrown? I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don't think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my friend. I don't even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it. I have an idea that one day it might be possible, I thought once it had become possible, and that glimpse has set me wandering, trying to find the balance between earth and sky. If the servants hadn't rushed in and parted us, I might have been disappointed, might have snatched off the white samite to find a bowl of soup. As it is, I can't settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my side for ever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me. There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other's names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name. Romantic love has been diluted into paperback form and has sold thousands and millions of copies. Somewhere it is still in the original, written on tablets of stone. I would cross seas and suffer sunstroke and give away all I have, but not for a man, because they want to be the destroyer and never the destroyed.” ― Jeanette Winterson

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.” ― Frederick Buechner

“You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.” ― Graham Greene

“And people who believe in God think God has put human beings on earth because they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo. Or human beings will all catch a disease and die out or they will make too much pollution and kill themselves, and then there will only be insects in the world and they will be the best animal.” ― Mark Haddon

“Every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the definition of faith―acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday school. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors. Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that we have proof the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? Or that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.” ― Dan Brown

“Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?” ― Annie Dillard

“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. 'They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.' 'What are you complaining about?' said God. 'They won't let Me in either.” ― Brennan Manning

“I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.” ― Albert Einstein

“There are powers far beyond us, plans far beyond what we could have ever thought of, visions far more vast than what we can ever see on our own with our own eyes, there are horizons long gone beyond our own horizons. This is courage- to throw away what is our own that is limited and to thrust ourselves into the hands of these higher powers- God and Destiny.To do this is to abide in the realm of the eternal, to walk in the path of the everlasting to follow in the footprints of God and demi-gods. The hardest part for man is the letting go. For some reason, he thinks himself big enough to know and to see what's good for him. But in the letting go........is found freedom. In the letting go........ is found the flight!” ― C. JoyBell C.

“I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast

“I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands the complexity of me” ― Donald Miller

“Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” ― Padre Pio

“My arms are too short to box with God.” ― Johnny Cash

“God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.”

“God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.” ― Suzy Kassem

“I think, well, I've had a shit of a life, all things considered. It wasn't fair. Everyone I've ever loved is dead, and my leg hurts all the bloody time... But I think, any God that can do sunsets like that, a different one every night... 'Strewth, well, you've got to respect the old bastard, haven't you?” ― Neil Gaiman

“Yahweh: You've been unhappy because you've desired things that cannot be. Lucifer: That's what desire IS. The need for what we can't have. The need for what's readily available is called greed.” ― Mike Carey

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.”

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.” ― A.W. Tozer

“Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.” ― Criss Jami

“God is the same everywhere.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.” ― Thomas Merton

“You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.”

“You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon

“Woman is the light of God.” ― Rumi

“Personally, I do not want to make you a man. Men are so very frail. Men break. Men die. No, I’ve always wished to make a god.” ― Pierce Brown

“How come when mortals want things, their only option is to make a deal with Hell and sell their soul? Why can’t they make deals with God in exchange for good behavior?" It was another of those rare moments when I’d surprised Carter. I waited for the glib answer I’d mentioned to Seth, something along the lines of goodness being its own reward. The angel considered for several seconds. "Humans make those deals all the time," he said finally. "They just don’t make them with God." "Then who are they making them with?" I exclaimed. "Themselves.” ― Richelle Mead

“If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God?” ― George Deacon

“If money’s the god people worship, I’d rather go worship the devil instead.” ― Jess C Scott, Rockstar

“God dwells within you, as you.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.”

“People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being... This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont, to be called Lord God παντοκρατωρ or Universal Ruler.” ― Isaac Newton

“In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.” ― C.S. Lewis

“There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.” ― Neil Gaiman

“The Anatomy of Conflict: If there is no communication then there is no respect. If there is no respect then there is no caring. If there is no caring then there is no understanding. If there is no understanding then there is no compassion. If there is no compassion then there is no empathy. If there is no empathy then there is no forgiveness. If there is no forgiveness then there is no kindness. If there is no kindness then there is no honesty. If there is no honesty then there is no love. If there is no love then God doesn't reside there. If God doesn't reside there then there is no peace. If there is no peace then there is no happiness. If there is no happiness ----then there IS CONFLICT BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION!” ― Shannon L. Alder

“Harper: In your experience of the world. How do people change? Mormon Mother: Well it has something to do with God so it's not very nice. God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and then plunges a huge filthy hand in, he grabs hold of your bloody tubes and they slip to evade his grasp but he squeezes hard, he insists, he pulls and pulls till all your innards are yanked out and the pain! We can't even talk about that. And then he stuffs them back, dirty, tangled and torn. It's up to you to do the stitching. Harper: And then up you get. And walk around. Mormon Mother: Just mangled guts pretending. Harper: That's how people change.” ― Tony Kushner

“These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy...walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, 'Business as usual.' But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.” ― Yann Martel

“God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves. You were speaking of the Last Judgement. Allow me to laugh respectfully. I shall wait for it resolutely, for I have known what is worse, the judgement of men. For them, no extenuating circumstances; even the good intention is ascribed to crime. Have you at least heard of the spitting cell, which a nation recently thought up to prove itself the greatest on earth? A walled-up box in which the prisoner can stand without moving. The solid door that locks him in the cement shell stops at chin level. Hence only his face is visible, and every passing jailer spits copiously on it. The prisoner, wedged into his cell, cannot wipe his face, though he is allowed, it is true. to close his eyes. Well, that, mon cher, is a human invention. They didn't need God for that little masterpiece.” ― Albert Camus

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Don't believe in God. Love the world just the way it is. ” ― Melina Marchetta

“But there’s a Sufi story that challenges the notion that people believe only because they need an opiate. Rabe’a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seen running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, ‘I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.” ― John Green

“Once upon a time there was a young prince who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not believe in islands, he did not believe in God. His father, the king, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father's domains, and no sign of God, the young prince believed his father. But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace. He came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore. Are those real islands?' asked the young prince. Of course they are real islands,' said the man in evening dress. And those strange and troubling creatures?' They are all genuine and authentic princesses.' Then God must exist!' cried the prince. I am God,' replied the man in full evening dress, with a bow. The young prince returned home as quickly as he could. So you are back,' said the father, the king. I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God,' said the prince reproachfully. The king was unmoved. Neither real islands, nor real princesses, I have seen God,' said the prince reproachfully. The king was unmoved. Neither real islands, nor real princesses, nor a real God exist.' I saw them!' Tell me how God was dressed.' God was in full evening dress.' Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?' The prince remembered that they had been. The king smiled. That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived.' At this, the prince returned to the next land, and went to the same shore, where once again he came upon the man in full evening dress. My father the king has told me who you are,' said the young prince indignantly. 'You deceived me last time, but not again. Now I know that those are not real islands and real princesses, because you are a magician.' The man on the shore smiled. It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father's kingdom there are many islands and many princesses. But you are under your father's spell, so you cannot see them.' The prince pensively returned home. When he saw his father, he looked him in the eyes. Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but only a magician?' The king smiled, and rolled back his sleeves. Yes, my son, I am only a magician.' Then the man on the shore was God.' The man on the shore was another magician.' I must know the real truth, the truth beyond magic.' There is no truth beyond magic,' said the king. The prince was full of sadness. He said, 'I will kill myself.' The king by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the door and beckoned to the prince. The prince shuddered. He remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but beautiful princesses. Very well,' he said. 'I can bear it.' You see, my son,' said the king, 'you too now begin to be a magician.” ― John Fowles

“At the trial of God, we will ask: why did you allow all this? And the answer will be an echo: why did you allow all this?” ― Ilya Kaminsky

“But for me the sweetest contact with God has no form. I close my eyes, look within, and enter a deep soft silence. The infinity of God's creation embraces me.” ― Michael Jackson

“A lonely day is God's way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” ― C.S. Lewis

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ― Anonymous

“Now we cannot...discover our failure to keep God's law except by trying our very hardest (and then failing). Unless we really try, whatever we say there will always be at the back of our minds the idea that if we try harder next time we shall succeed in being completely good. Thus, in one sense, the road back to God is a road of moral effort, of trying harder and harder. But in another sense it is not trying that is ever going to bring us home. All this trying leads up to the vital moment at which you turn to God and say, "You must do this. I can't.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I seemed to hear God saying, "Put down your gun and we'll talk.” ― C.S. Lewis

“If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you.” ― Pope Benedict XVI

“If our testimonies are strong onthis point and if we feel the absolute assurance that God loves us, we will change our questons. We won't ask, 'Why did this happen?' or 'Why doesn't God care about me?' Instead, our questions will become, 'What can I learn from this experience?' or 'How does the Lord want me to handle this?” ― John Bytheway

“I need a father. I need a mother. I need some older, wiser being to cry to. I talk to God, but the sky is empty.” ― Sylvia Plath

“What the soul hardly realizes is that, unbeliever or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.” ― Hubert Van Zeller

“Love is the only future God offers.” ― Victor Hugo

“And when your soul, the flame, the spark, meets with the divine fuel that is so pure and so strong, it results in immense enlightenment: the enlightenment of God. Light upon light, Noorun Alaa Noor.” ― Zain Hashmi

“Someday I will understand Auschwitz. This was a brave statement but innocently absurd. No one will ever understand Auschwitz. What I might have set down with more accuracy would have been: Someday I will write about Sophie's life and death, and thereby help demonstrate how absolute evil is never extinguished from the world. Auschwitz itself remains inexplicable. The most profound statement yet made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but a response. The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?" And the answer: "Where was man?” ― William Styron

“Suppose neutral angels were able to talk, Yahweh and Lucifer – God and Satan, to use their popular titles – into settling out of court. What would be the terms of the compromise? Specifically, how would they divide the assets of their early kingdom? Would God be satisfied the loaves and fishes and itty-bitty thimbles of Communion wine, while Satan to have the red-eye gravy, eighteen-ounce New York Stakes, and buckets of chilled champagne? Would God really accept twice-a-month lovemaking for procreative purposes and give Satan the all night, no-holds-barred, nasty “can’t-get-enough-of-you” hot-as-hell-fucks? Think about it. Would Satan get New Orleans, Bangkok, and the French Riviera and God get Salt Lake City? Satan get ice hockey, God get horseshoes? God get bingo, Satan get stud poker? Satan get LSD; God, Prozac? God get Neil Simon; Satan Oscar Wilde?” ― Tom Robbins

“God might work on mysterious ways, but hell worked on efficient ones.” ― Richelle Mead

“God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears.” ― Amit Ray

“I don’t know [why we're here]. People sometimes say to me, ‘Why don’t you admit that the humming bird, the butterfly, the Bird of Paradise are proof of the wonderful things produced by Creation?’ And I always say, well, when you say that, you’ve also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that’s got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and is slowly turning him blind. The Creator God that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm. Now I personally find that difficult to accommodate…” ― David Attenborough

“I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.” ― Martin Luther

“I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.” ― Henry Miller

“I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.” ― Christopher Hitchens

“To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.” ― Marquis de Sade

“To see evil and call it good, mocks God. Worse, it makes goodness meaningless. A word without meaning is an abomination, for when the word passes beyond understanding the very thing the word stands for passes out of the world and cannot be recalled.” ― Stephen R. Lawhead

“– But here is a question that is troubling me: if there is no God, then, one may ask, who governs human life and, in general, the whole order of things on earth? – Man governs it himself, – Homeless angrily hastened to reply to this admittedly none-too-clear question. – Pardon me, – the stranger responded gently, – but in order to govern, one needs, after all, to have a precise plan for a certain, at least somewhat decent, length of time. Allow me to ask you, then, how can man govern, if he is not only deprived of the opportunity of making a plan for at least some ridiculously short period, well, say, a thousand years , but cannot even vouch for his own tomorrow? And in fact, – here the stranger turned to Berlioz, – imagine that you, for instance, start governing, giving orders to others and yourself, generally, so to speak, acquire a taste for it, and suddenly you get ...hem ... hem ... lung cancer ... – here the foreigner smiled sweetly, and if the thought of lung cancer gave him pleasure — yes, cancer — narrowing his eyes like a cat, he repeated the sonorous word —and so your governing is over! You are no longer interested in anyone’s fate but your own. Your family starts lying to you. Feeling that something is wrong, you rush to learned doctors, then to quacks, and sometimes to fortune-tellers as well. Like the first, so the second and third are completely senseless, as you understand. And it all ends tragically: a man who still recently thought he was governing something, suddenly winds up lying motionless in a wooden box, and the people around him, seeing that the man lying there is no longer good for anything, burn him in an oven. And sometimes it’s worse still: the man has just decided to go to Kislovodsk – here the foreigner squinted at Berlioz – a trifling matter, it seems, but even this he cannot accomplish, because suddenly, no one knows why, he slips and falls under a tram-car! Are you going to say it was he who governed himself that way? Would it not be more correct to think that he was governed by someone else entirely?” ― Mikhail Bulgakov

“So India’s problem turns out to be the world’s problem. What happened in India has happened in God’s name. The problem’s name is God.” ― Salman Rushdie

“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri

“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing - or should we say "seeing"? there are no tenses in God - the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated incipient suffocation as the body droops, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath's sake, hitched up. If I may dare the biological image, God is a "host" who deliberately creates His own parasites; causes us to be that we may exploit and "take advantage of" Him. Herein is love. This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.” ― C.S. Lewis

“In the heartfelt mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will visit us, to shine on those sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death, to guide our feet to the way of peace.” ― Anonymous

“We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.” ― Christopher Hitchens

“It was too perfect to last,' so I am tempted to say of our marriage. But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic - as if God no sooner saw two of His creatures happy than He stopped it ('None of that here!'). As if He were like the Hostess at the sherry-party who separates two guests the moment they show signs of having got into a real conversation. But it could also mean 'This had reached its proper perfection. This had become what it had in it to be. Therefore of course it would not be prolonged.' As if God said, 'Good; you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it. And now you are ready to go on to the next.” ― C.S. Lewis

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night.” ― John Piper

“Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed.” ― Bono

“I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?” ― Criss Jami

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone one who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” ― Anonymous

“Though I obviously have no proof of this, the one aspect of life that seems clear to me is that good people do whatever they believe is the right thing to do. Being virtuous is hard, not easy. The idea of doing good things simply because you're good seems like a zero-sum game; I'm not even sure those actions would still qualify as 'good,' since they'd merely be a function of normal behavior. Regardless of what kind of god you believe in--a loving god, a vengeful god, a capricious god, a snooty beret-wearing French god, or whatever--one has to assume that you can't be penalized for doing the things you believe to be truly righteous and just. Certainly, this creates some pretty glaring problems: Hitler may have thought he was serving God. Stalin may have thought he was serving God (or something vaguely similar). I'm certain Osama bin Laden was positive he was serving God. It's not hard to fathom that all of those maniacs were certain that what they were doing was right. Meanwhile, I constantly do things that I know are wrong; they're not on the same scale as incinerating Jews or blowing up skyscrapers, but my motivations might be worse. I have looked directly into the eyes of a woman I loved and told her lies for no reason, except that those lies would allow me to continue having sex with another woman I cared about less. This act did not kill 20 million Russian peasants, but it might be more 'diabolical' in a literal sense. If I died and found out I was going to hell and Stalin was in heaven, I would note the irony, but I couldn't complain. I don't make the fucking rules.” ― Chuck Klosterman

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“God put us here, on this carnival ride. We close our eyes never knowing where it'll take us next.” ― Carrie Underwood

“You're gonna have to serve somebody; well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody...” ― Bob Dylan

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.” ― John Henry Newman

“I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.”

“I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.” ― José Rizal

“We're called to be faithful, to take those first difficult steps--and to leave the results up to God.” ― Alex Harris

“For Sayonara, literally translated, 'Since it must be so,' of all the good-bys I have heard is the most beautiful. Unlike the Auf Wiedershens and Au revoirs, it does not try to cheat itself by any bravado 'Till we meet again,' any sedative to postpone the pain of separation. It does not evade the issue like the sturdy blinking Farewell. Farewell is a father's good-by. It is - 'Go out in the world and do well, my son.' It is encouragement and admonition. It is hope and faith. But it passes over the significance of the moment; of parting it says nothing. It hides its emotion. It says too little. While Good-by ('God be with you') and Adios say too much. They try to bridge the distance, almost to deny it. Good-by is a prayer, a ringing cry. 'You must not go - I cannot bear to have you go! But you shall not go alone, unwatched. God will be with you. God's hand will over you' and even - underneath, hidden, but it is there, incorrigible - 'I will be with you; I will watch you - always.' It is a mother's good-by. But Sayonara says neither too much nor too little. It is a simple acceptance of fact. All understanding of life lies in its limits. All emotion, smoldering, is banked up behind it. But it says nothing. It is really the unspoken good-by, the pressure of a hand, 'Sayonara.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Man corrupt everything, say Shug. He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't. Whenever you trying to pray, and man plop himself on the other end of it, tell him to git lost, say Shug. Conjure up the flowers, wind, water, a big rock.” ― Alice Walker

“The hypothesis of God, for instance, gives an incomparably absolute opportunity to understand everything and know absolutely nothing. Give man an extremely simplified system of the world and explain every phenomenon away on the basis of that system. An approach like that doesn't require any knowledge. Just a few memorized formulas plus so-called intuition and so-called common sense.” ― Arkady Strugatsky

“I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark” ― Stephen Hawking

“Your prayer for someone may or may not change them, but it always changes YOU.” ― Craig Groeschel

“I could not believe in a God that would challenge faith like this.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

“Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power.” ― Amit Ray

“Did God ever cry over his lost angel, I wonder?” ― Libba Bray

“The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does.” ― Thomas à Kempis

“Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!” ― Swami Vivekananda

“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.” ― A.W. Tozer

“We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.” ― A. W. Tozer

“If you understood him, it would not be God.” ― St. Augustine of Hippo

“The common man prays, 'I want a cookie right now!' And God responds, 'If you'd listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.” ― Criss Jami

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.” ― Rick Warren

“We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.” ― A. W. Tozer

“When you are happy, so happy you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and praise, you will be — or so it feels— welcomed with open arms. But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.” ― Jules Renard

“In the year 2006, a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get seventy-two virgins in Paradise.” ― Sam HArris

“God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.” ― Andre Gide

“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.” ― Santa Teresa de Jesús

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, “This is love.” God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, “This is love.” ― Joshua Harris

“I tell of hearts and souls and dances... Butterflies and second chances; Desperate ones and dreamers bound, Seeking life from barren ground, Who suffer on in earthly fate The bitter pain of agony hate, Might but they stop and here forgive Would break the bonds to breathe and live And find that God in goodness brings A chance for change, the hope of wings To rest in Him, and self to die And so become a butterfly.” ― Karen Kingsbury

“Your God person puts an apple tree in the middle of a garden and says, do what you like, guys, oh, but don't eat the apple. Surprise surprise, they eat it and he leaps out from behind a bush shouting "Gotcha". It wouldn't have made any difference if they hadn't eaten it.' 'Why not?' 'Because if you're dealing with somebody who has the sort of mentality which likes leaving hats on the pavement with bricks under them you know perfectly well they won't give up. They'll get you in the end.” ― Douglas Adams

“All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.” ― Marcel Duchamp

“Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason there of until all of the events transpire.” ― Joseph Smith

“You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. (Matthew 5:14, The Message)” ― Anonymous

“Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God's right hand.' Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. 'In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.' 'Pride is all I have.” ― Mark Lawrence

“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” ― Anonymous

“Men will allow God to be everywhere but on his throne. They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow his bounties. they will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends Hes throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon