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Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
- Ansel Adams
In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.
- Douglas Adams
Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
- Alfonso X ("The Wise") (Alphonso)
For we also are his offspring.
said to be the passage quoted by St. Paul in Acts (ch. XVII, v. 28)
A spontaneous production is against matter of fact; a thing without example, not only in man, but the vilest of weeds.
- Richard Bentley
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXXIX, v. 14)
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
- Bible, Psalms (ch. VIII, v. 3-4)
You own a watch the invention of the mind,
Though for a single motion 'tis designed,
As well as that which is with greater thought
With various springs, for various motions wrought.
- Sir Richard Blackmore, The Creation
God may rationally be supposed to have framed so great and admirable an automaton as the world for special ends and purposes.
- Robert Boyle
Are we a piece of machinery that, like the Aeolian harp, passive, takes the impression of the passing accident? Or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden cold?
- Robert Burns, Letter to Mrs. Dunlop,
New Year-Day Morning
Creation is great, and cannot be understood.
- Thomas Carlyle, Essays-Characteristics
[This saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, that] "it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice."
- Thomas Carlyle,
History of Frederick the Great
(bk. II, ch. VII)
And what if all of animated nature
Be but organic harps diversely framed,
That tremble into thought, as o'er them sweeps,
Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze,
At once the soul of each, and God of all?
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Eolian Harp
In the vast, and the minute, we see
The unambiguous footsteps of the God,
Who gives its lustre to an insect's wing
And wheels His throne upon the rolling worlds.
- William Cowper
From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
From harmony, to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in man.
- John Dryden, A Song for St. Cecilia's Day
The ever varying brilliancy and grandeur of the landscape, and the magnificence of the sky, sun, moon and stars, enter more extensively into the enjoyment of mankind than we, perhaps ever think, or can possibly apprehend, without frequent and extensive investigation. This beauty and splendour of the objects around us, it is ever to be remembered, is not necessary to their existence, nor to what we commonly intend by their usefulness. It is therefore to be regarded as a source of pleasure, gratuitously superinduced upon the general nature of the objects themselves, and in this light, a testimony of the divine goodness, peculiarly affecting.
- Timothy Dwight
On the big Bang theory: "For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained - and that's our present universe."
- Albert Einstein
Then tower'd the palace, then in awful state
The temple rear'd its everlasting gate.
No workman steel, no ponderous axes rung,
Like some tall palm the noiseless fabric sprung.
- Reginald Heber
Whoever considers the study of anatomy, I believe, will never be an atheist; the frame of man's body, and coherence of his parts, being so strange and paradoxical, that I hold it to be the greatest miracle of nature.
- Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury
Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood,
The source of evil one, and one of good.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
(bk. 24, l.663), (Pope's translation)
The wisdom and goodness of the Maker plainly appears in the parts of this stupendous fabric, and the several degrees and ranks of creatures in it.
- John Locke (1)
Nature, they say, doth dote,
And cannot make a man
Save on some worn-out plan
Repeating us by rote:
For him her Old World moulds aside she threw
And, choosing sweet clay from the breast
Of the unexhausted West,
With stuff untainted shaped a hero new.
- James Russell Lowell, A Hero New,
ode at the Harvard Commemoration, VI
For wonderful indeed are all His works,
Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all
Had in remembrance always with delight;
But what created mind can comprehend
Their number, or the wisdom infinite
That brought them forth, but hid their causes deep?
- John Milton
Though to recount almighty works
What words of tongue or seraph can suffice,
Or heart of man suffice to comprehend?
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VII, l. 112)
Open, ye heavens, your living doors; let in
The great Creator from his work return'd
Magnificient, his six days' work, a world!
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VII, l. 566)
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