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GOD
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Nothing is more ancient than God, for He was never created; nothing more beautiful than the world, it is the work of that same God; nothing more active than thought, for it flies over the whole universe; nothing stronger than necessity, for all must submit to it.
      - Thales of Miletus

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
  I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
    I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
      Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
        I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
      - Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven

The rolling year is full of Thee.
      - James Thomson (1)

But I lose
  Myself in Him, in Light ineffable!
    Come then, expressive Silence, muse His praise.
      These, as they change, Almighty Father, these
        Are but the varied God. The rolling Year
          Is full of Thee.
      - James Thomson (1), Hymn (l. 116)

What, but God?
  Inspiring God! who boundless Spirit all,
    And unremitting Energy, pervades,
      Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 849)

It is not when I am going to meet him, but when I am just turning away and leaving him alone, that I discover what God is. I say, God. I am not sure that that is the name. You will know what I mean.
      - Henry David Thoreau,
        in a letter found in H.G.O. Blake's "Thoreau's Thoughts," p. 49

If God were not a necessary being of Himself, He might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
      - John Tillotson

Men sunk in the greatest darkness imaginable retain some sense and awe of the Deity.
      - John Tillotson

The being of God is so comfortable, so convenient, so necessary to the felicity of Mankind, that, (as Tully admirably says) Dii immortales ad usum hominum fabricati pene videantur, if God were not a necessary being of himself, he might almost seem to be made on purpose for the use and benefit of men.
      - John Tillotson, Works--Sermon 93
         (vol. I, p. 696),
        (ed. 1712), probable origin of Voltaire's phrase

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
  Let me hide myself in thee.
      - Augustus Montague Toplady,
        Living and Dying Prayer

None but God can satisfy the longings of an immortal soul; that as the heart was made for Him, so He only can fill it.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench,
        Notes on the Parables--Prodigal Son

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper, Of Immortality

There is a beauty in the name appropriated by the Saxon nations to the Deity, unequalled, except by His most venerated Hebrew appellation. They call him "God," which is literally "The Good." The same word thus signifying the Deity, and His most endearing quality.
      - Turner

God sendeth and giveth both mouth and meat.
      - Thomas Tusser

Amid so much war and contest and variety of opinion, you will find one consenting conviction in every land, that there is one God, the King and Father of all.
      - Cassius Maximus Tyrius (Maximus of Tyre)

Where God is, all agree.
      - Bill Vaughan

If ye despise the human race, and mortal arms, yet remember that there is a God who is mindful of right and wrong.
  [Lat., Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma,
    At sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 542)

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

I wish that you would crush this infamy.
  [Fr., Je voudrais que vous ecrasassiez l'infame.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        said to D'Alembert, attributed to Voltaire by Abbe Barruch, perhaps about the R.C. Church

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
  [Fr., Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Epitre a l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs
         (CXI)

God knows no distance.
      - Charleszetta Waddles

God on his throne is
  Eldest of Poets,
    Unto His measures
      Moveth the Whole.
      - Sir William Watson (2), England, My Mother
         (pt. II)

The God I know of, I shall ne'er
  Know, though he dwells exceeding nigh.
    Raise thou the stone and find me there,
      Cleave thou the wood and there am I.
        Yea, in my flesh his spirit doth flow,
          Too near, too far, for me to know.
      - Sir William Watson (2), The Unknown God

The Somewhat which we name but cannot know.
  Ev'n as we name a star and only see
    Its quenchless flashings forth, which ever show
      And ever hide him, and which are not he.
      - Sir William Watson (2), Wordworth's Grave
         (I, st. 6)


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