Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
Therefore must we pray to God, and believe that He has granted the favour we have been praying for, even when in appearance it seems the reverse.
Every man is as God made him, ay, and often worse.
I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
The threshold has its guardians - gods and spirits who forbid entrance both to human enemies and to demons and the powers of pestilence.
I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly.
Man proposes, but God disposes.
Within the sacred precints the profane is transcended. On the most archaic levels of culture this posibility of transcendence is expressed by various "images of an opening"; here, in the sacred enclosure, communication with gods is made possible; hence there must be a door to the world above, by which the gods cand descend to earth and man can symbolically ascend to heaven.
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life - he first individualizes.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man's slavery.
God made man in his own image, and man returned the favour.