Quotations on the subject of God organized by date
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
"Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. "
“Heaven means to be one with God.”
“There are three things which the wise man holds in reverence: the Will of Heaven, those in authority, and the words of the sages. The fool knows not the Will of Heaven and holds it not in reverence: he is disrespectful to those in authority; he ridicules the words of the sages.
"How great is God,
The ruler of men below!
How arrayed in terrors is God!
Yet His will is often disregarded.
God created the myriad people,
Yet His ordinances are not relied upon.
All men are good at birth,
But not many remain so to the end."
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”
The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
Not one of them who took up in his youth with this opinion that there are no gods ever continued until old age faithful to his conviction.
Are we assured that there are two things which lead men to believe in the Gods, as we have already stated?
What are they?
One is the argument about the soul, which has been already mentioned — that it is the eldest and most divine of all things, to which motion attaining generation gives perpetual existence; the other was an argument from the order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of the mind which ordered the universe. If a man look upon the world not lightly or ignorantly, there was never any one so godless who did not experience an effect opposite to that which the many imagine. For they think that those who handle these matters by the help of astronomy, and the accompanying arts of demonstration, may become godless, because they see, as far as they can see, things happening by necessity, and not by an intelligent will accomplishing good.
If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God's self-dependent actuality is life most good and eterna
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."
"We say therefore that God is a living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God"
"But the primary essence (to ti ên einai) has not matter; for it is complete reality (to prôton). So the unmovable first mover (to prôton kinoun akinêton on) is one both in definition and in number; so too, therefore, is that which is moved always and continuously; therefore there is one heaven alone"
"He used to teach that God is incorporeal, as Plato also asserted, and that his providence extends over all the heavenly bodies."[Diogenes Laërtius Aristotle. xiii]
"Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world. "
Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything.
One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees.
"Nihil est, quod deus efficere non possit - there is nothing god cannot do "
"What else is nature but God?"
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
"The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart"
“God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse”
"It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt."
"To them that ask, where have you seen the gods, or how do you know for certain there are gods, that you are so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it."
God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.
"God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change."
"How then can a relation be represented between Him and what is other than He when there is no notion comprising in any respect both of the two, inasmuch as existence is, in our opinion, affirmed of Him, may He be exalted, and of what is other than He merely by way of absolute equivocation. There is, in truth, no relation in any respect between Him and any of His creatures."
""There is a Being, perfect in every possible way, who is the ultimate cause of all existence. All existence depends on God and is derived from God."
“We should know, in this regard, that God and nature create nothing in vain, and that whatever is created serves some purpose.”
“The whole heaven is governed in all its parts , motions, and movers by a single motion, the Primum Mobile,and by a single mover, God.”
You think that the body is a wonderful work. In reality this is nothing compared to the soul that inhabits in that structure...It is the work of God.
"It is true that impatience, the mother of stupidity, praises brevity, as if such persons had not life long enough to serve them to acquire a complete knowledge of one single subject, such as the human body; and then they want to comprehend the mind of God in which the universe is included, weighing it minutely and mincing it into infinite parts, as if they had to dissect it!"
"The works of God are appreciated best by other creators."
"Every beauty which is seen here below by persons
of perception resemble more than anything else that celestial
source from which we all are come...."
“To me the works of nature and of God are miraculous.”
“As to the truth, of which mathematical demonstrations give us the knowledge, it is the same which the Divine Wisdom knoweth; but . . . the manner whereby God knoweth the infinite propositions, whereof we understand some few, is highly more excellent than ours, which proceedeth by ratiocination, and passeth from conclusion to conclusion, whereas His is done at a single thought or intuition. Now the inferences which our intellect apprehendeth with time and a gradual motion the Divine Wisdom, like light, penetrateth in an instant, which is the same as to say, hath them always present.”
“God could have made birds with bones of massive gold, with veins full of molten silver, with flesh heavier than lead and with tiny wings . . . He could have made fish heavier than lead, and thus twelve times heavier than water, but He has wished to make the former of bone, flesh, and feathers that are light enough, and the latter as heavier than water, to teach us that He rejoices in simplicity and facility.”
“When I reflect on so many profoundly marvelous things that persons have grasped, sought, and done I recognize even more clearly that human intelligence is a work of God, and one of the most excellent.”
“I trust the infinite goodness of God may direct toward the purity of my mind a small amount of His grace that I may understand the meaning of His words.”
“One must not doubt the possibility that the Divine Goodness at times may choose to inspire a ray of His immense knowledge in low and high intellects, when they are adorned with sincere and holy zeal.”
“I render infinite thanks to God, for being so kind as to make me alone the first observer of marvels kept hidden in obscurity for all previous centuries.”
“Whatever the course of our lives, we should receive them as the highest gift from the hand of God, in which equally reposed the power to do nothing whatever for us. Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love of Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine.”
[God] is the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing."
I had the intention of becoming a theologian...but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy, for 'the heavens declare the glory of God.'
"The Creator, the fountain of all wisdom, the approver of perpetual order, the eternal and superessential spring of geometry and harmonics."
“The World of Nature, the World of Man, the World of God - all three fit together. We see how God, like a human architect approached the founding of the world according to order and rule, and measured everything in such a manner.”
“Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.”
“We acknowledge God, the Supreme and Omnipotent Creator, to be present in the production of all animals, and to point, as it were, with a finger to His existence in His works, the parents being in every case but the instruments in His hands. In the generation of the Pullet from the egg all things are indeed contrived and ordered with singular providence, divine wisdom, and most admirable and incomprehensible skill. And to none can these attributes be referred save to the Almighty, first cause of all things . . . the Creator and Father of all that is in heaven and earth, on whom animals depend for their being, and at whose will and pleasure all things are and were engendered.”
“The examination of the bodies of animals has always been my delight, and I have thought that we might thence not only obtain an insight into the lighter mysteries of nature, but there perceive a kind of image or reflection of the omnipotent Creator Himself.”
I have concluded the evident existence of God, and that my existence depends entirely on God in all the moments of my life, that I do not think that the human spirit may know anything with greater evidence and certitude.”
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
“All things have sprung from nothing and are borne forward to infinity. Who can follow out such an astonishing career? The Author of these wonders, and He alone, can comprehend them.”
"The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him."