With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
But God really did bless me, you know? He really said, All right. Come on. I'm still waiting for you. Get over here. Get over here.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Do you see how the god always hurls his bolts at the greatest houses and the tallest trees. For he is wont to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.
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.
Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift.
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
Forgiveness is God's greatest gift
God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
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 ye despise the human race, and mortal arms, yet remember that there is a God who is mindful of right and wrong.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.
Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.
Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.
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.
We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.
The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His.
I certainly wasn't able to get it when I was a kid growing up on the Lower East Side; it was very hard at that time for me to balance what I really believed was the right way to live with the violence I saw all around me - I saw too much of it among the people I knew.
I'm trying to mix the cool, independent stuff with the big stuff, but it's been difficult finding the right roles. It's been an interesting ride as far as my career pendulum is concerned.
No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
Oh, my God, this amazing cool breeze is coming through my window and the sun is shining. I'm happy.