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Moved the Creator in his holy rest
Through all eternity so late to build
In chaos, and, the work begun, how soon
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VII, l. 90)
It became Him who created it to set it in order; and if he did so, it is unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of Nature.
- Sir Isaac Newton
From nature's constant or eccentric laws,
The thoughtful soul this general inference draws,
That an effect must pre-suppose a cause;
And, while she does her upward flight sustain,
Touching each link of the continued chain,
At length she is oblig'd and forc'd to see
A first, a source, a life, a Deity;
Which has forever been and must forever be.
- Matthew Prior
A wonder it must be, that there should be any man found so stupid as to persuade himself that this most beautiful world could be produced by the fortuitous concourse of atoms.
- John Ray (Wray)
As Thou has created me out of mingled air and glitter, I thank Thee for it.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)
As thou hast created me out of mingled air and glitter, I thank thee for it.
[Ger., Wie aus Duft und Glanz gemischt
Du mich schufst, dir dank ich's heut.]
- Friedrich Ruckert, Die Sterbende Blume
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
- Carl Sagan
No man saw the building of the New Jerusalem, the workmen crowded together, the unfinished walls and unpaved streets; no man heard the clink of trowel and pickaxe; it descended out of heaven from God.
- Sir John Robert Seeley, Ecce Homo
When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and checked even by the selfsame sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory:
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
And, all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I ingraft you new.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XV
God is a worker: He has thickly strewn
Infinity with grandeur: God is love:
He shall wipe away creation's tears,
And all the worlds shall summer in His smile.
- Alexander Smith
Through knowledge we behold the world's creation,
How in his cradle first he fostered was;
And judge of Nature's cunning operation,
How things she formed of a formless mass.
- Edmund Spenser, Tears of the Muses--Urania
Each shell, each drawling insect, holds a rank
Important in the plan of Him who fram'd
This scale of beings; holds a rack which, lost
Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap
Which Nature's self would rue.
- Benjamin Stillingfleet,
Miscellaneous Tracts relating to Natural History
One God, one law, one element,
And one far-off divine event,
To which the whole creation moves.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
(conclusion, last stanza)
As if some lesser God had made the world,
And had not-force to shape it as he would.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
The Passing of Arthur (l. 14)
Let no presuming impious railer tax
Creative wisdom as if aught was form'd
In vain, or not for admirable ends.
Shall little haughty ignorance pronounce
His works unwise of which the smallest part
Exceeds the narrow vision of his mind?
- James Thomson (1)
How often might a man, after he had jumbled a set of letters in a bag, fling them out upon the ground before they would fall into an exact poem,--yea, or so much as make a good discourse in prose? And may not a little book be as easily made by chance as this great volume of the world?
- John Tillotson
God only opened His hand to give flight to a thought that He had held imprisoned from eternity.
- Timothy Titcomb (pseudonym of Josiah Gilbert Holland)
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream
That this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
[Fr., Le monde m'embarrasse, et je ne puis pas songer
Que cette horloge existe et n'a pas d'Horloger.]
- Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)
The chain that's fixed to the throne of Jove,
On which the fabric of our world depends,
One link dissolved, the whole creation ends.
- Edmund Waller,
Of the Danger His Majesty Escaped
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