Quotes: gods

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    'Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises.
  • Cato the Elder
    Cato the Elder
    Roman senator and historian 234-149 BC
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    I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
  • Herman Melville
    Herman Melville
    American author 1819-1891
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    In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    'Are the gods not just?'
    'Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?'
    Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual & The Fox
  • 'Frankenstein' was all about the idea that, through electricity and the destruction of night, man creating light and darkness, we took on god-like powers and then abused them like gods, and we are only men. That's a story about man making a man in his own image. The inversion of natural order.
  • Don Marquis
    Don Marquis
    American writer 1878-1937
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    A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.
  • William Faulkner
    William Faulkner
    American writer 1897-1962
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    A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
  • Carlos Fuentes
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    A tradition without intelligence is not worth having. T. S. Eliot, After Strange Gods (1934) There is no creation without tradition. No one creates from nothing.
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    Greek philosopher 384 BC - 322 BC
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    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    German poet and philosopher 1844-1900
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    Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.
  • Carl Jung
    Carl Jung
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    All ages before ours believed in gods in some form or other. Only an unparalleled impoverishment in symbolism could enable us to rediscover the gods as psychic factors, which is to say, as archetypes of the unconscious. No doubt this discovery is hardly credible as yet.
    Source: The Integration of the Personality (1939)
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
  • Anita Brookner
    Anita Brookner
    British Writer 1938-
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    All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
  • Eldridge Cleaver
    Eldridge Cleaver
    American afro-amerikan leader, writer 1935-
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    All the gods are dead except the god of war.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
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    And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
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