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Any fool can count the seeds in an apple.  Only God can count all the apples in one seed.  ~Robert H. Schuller

Every evening I turn my worries over to God.  He's going to be up all night anyway.  ~Mary C. Crowley

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  ~St. Augustine

Young man, young man, your arm's too short to box with God.  ~James Weldon Johnson

God understands our prayers even when we can't find the words to say them.  ~Author Unknown

What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.  ~Eleanor Powell

A man with God is always in the majority.  ~John Knox

Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.  ~Victor Hugo

You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list.  The longer your list, the smaller your God.  ~Author Unknown

Maybe the atheist cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.  ~Author Unknown

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.  ~Jules Renard

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.  ~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.  ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.  ~Teresa of Avila

God's last name is not "Dammit."  ~Author Unknown

Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?  ~Sylvia Plath, "Mystic"

As the poet said, "Only God can make a tree" - probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.  ~Woody Allen

Clearly, God is a Democrat.  ~Patrick Caddell

God:  The most popular scapegoat for our sins.  ~Mark Twain

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.  ~Vincent van Gogh, Dear Theo: An Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh, 1937

No matter how much I prove and prod,
I cannot quite believe in God;
But oh, I hope to God that He
Unswervingly believes in me.
~E.Y. Harburg, attributed

People see God every day, they just don't recognize him.  ~Pearl Bailey

How tired God must be of guilt and loneliness, for that is all we ever bring to Him.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

God's will is not an itinerary, but an attitude.  ~Andrew Dhuse

Let God's promises shine on your problems.  ~Corrie Ten Boom

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?  ~Woody Allen, "Selections from the Allen Notebooks," Without Feathers, 1975

I just hope God does not get bored of dreaming me.  ~Author Unknown

By night, an atheist half believes in God.  ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts

Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon's that "a little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."  At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage epigram... he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them.  ~George Santayana

You found God?  If nobody claims him in thirty days, he's yours!  ~Author Unknown

When I saw others straining toward God, I did not understand it, for though I may have had him less than they did, there was no one blocking the way between him and me, and I could reach his heart easily.  It is up to him, after all, to have us, our part consists of almost solely in letting him grasp us.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

We strive to be God's worthy audience.  ~Candea Core-Starke

I wear a coat of angels' breath and warm myself with His love.  ~Emme Woodhull-B鋍he

I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.  ~Quentin Crisp

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.  ~Diana Robinson

Weave in faith and God will find the thread.  ~Author Unknown

When we can't piece together the puzzle of our own lives, remember the best view of a puzzle is from above.  Let Him help put you together.  ~Amethyst Snow-Rivers

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.  ~Emily Dickinson

If you don't know what's meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him - you try too hard, friend - drop to your knees and listen to him, he'll hear you better that way.  ~Ever Garrison

God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.  ~E.M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born, 1973

It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him.  ~Joseph Joubert

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.  ~Garth Brooks

God is a sort of burglar.  As a young man you knock him down; as an old man you try to conciliate him, because he may knock you down.  ~H. Beerbohm-Tree

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.  ~Anatole France, Le jardin d'Epicure

How idle it is to call certain things God-sends! as if there was anything else in the world.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

God enters by a private door into each individual.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.  ~Leo Buscaglia

God is the perfect poet.  ~Robert Browning

God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand.  If you understand you have failed.  ~Saint Augustine

God is not the name of God, but an opinion about Him.  ~Pope Xystus I, The Ring

God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.  ~David Nicholas

"What do you think of God," the teacher asked.  After a pause, the young pupil replied, "He's not a think, he's a feel."  ~Paul Frost

I feel most ministers who claim they've heard God's voice are eating too much pizza before they go to bed at night, and it's really an intestinal disorder, not a revelation.  ~Rev. Jerry Falwell

God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.  ~Jean Paul Richter

All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
~Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, 1734

Perhaps history is a thing that would stop happening if God held His breath, or could be imagined as turning away to think of something else.  ~Herbert Butterfield, Christianity and History

Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance.  ~Alfred North Whitehead

We can never escape God's lovely essence.  ~Sonnett Branche

Remember this.  When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold.  When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness.  This is also the case when people withdraw from God.  ~Augustine

Why attack God?  He may be as miserable as we are.  ~Erik Satie

Are you wrinkled with burden?  Come to God for a faith lift.  ~Author Unknown

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."  ~C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 1943

We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter.  God is our eternal fallout shelter.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.  Really.  ~Lenny Bruce, "Religions Inc.," in The Essential Lenny Bruce, ed. John Cohen, 1967

Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank.  ~Christina Rossetti

Life is God's novel.  Let him write it.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

You are not obliged to put on evening clothes to meet God.  ~Austin O'Malley

When you knock, ask to see God - none of the servants.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Your mind works very simply:  you are either trying to find out what are God's laws in order to follow them; or you are trying to outsmart Him.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe in the God idea, not God himself.  ~Miguel de Unamuno

Most people wish to serve God - but only in an advisory capacity.  ~Author Unknown

I've been hiding from God, and I'm appalled to find how easy it is.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

The self-appointed spokesmen for God incline to shout; He, Himself, speaks only in whispers.  ~Martin H. Fischer

A lot of people are willing to give God credit, but so few ever give Him cash.  ~Robert E. Harris, Laugh with the Circuit Rider

It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that when we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation - of loneliness, of poverty and misery, the end of all things, or their extreme - then rises in our mind the thought of God.  ~Vincent van Gogh, Dear Theo: An Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh, 1937

To put one's trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.  ~Samuel Butler, Note-Books

So long as God reveals Himself, or doesn't, He is behaving like God.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.  ~Blaise Pascal

Don't look for God where He is needed most; if you didn't bring Him there, He isn't there.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man's hands.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916

I say to mankind, Be not curious about God.  For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God - I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.  ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.  ~Malcolm Muggeridge

We always keep God waiting while we admit more importunate suitors.  ~Malcolm de Chazal

'T is heaven alone that is given away,
'T is only God may be had for the asking;...
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848

We climb mountains because they are there, and worship God because He is not.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

How important the concept of God is, and how instead of valuing what has been given us, we with light hearts spurn it because of absurdities that have been attached to it.  ~Leo Tolstoy, Last Diaries, 1960

No pillow so soft as God's promise.  ~Author Unknown

The young do not need God, and the old cannot find Him.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.  ~Peace Pilgrim

Some people talk about finding God - as if He could get lost.  ~Author Unknown

I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk.  ~John Marcellus Huston

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.  The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?  ~Rebecca Harding Davis

I do not believe in God, for that implies an effort of the will - I see God everywhere!  ~Jean Favre

Is man one of God's blunders, or is God one of man's blunders?  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I believe in God; I just don't trust anyone who works for him.  ~Author Unknown

I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.  ~Voltaire

All that I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen.  ~Author Unknown

"I was six when I saw that everything was God, and my hair stood up, and all," Teddy said.  "It was on a Sunday, I remember.  My sister was a tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God.  I mean, all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean.  ~J.D. Salinger, "Teddy," 1954

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.  ~Author Unknown

Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.  ~Author Unknown

God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.  ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest, 1886

Hunting God is a great adventure.  ~Marie DeFloris

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.  ~Christopher Morley

God is a verb, not a noun proper or improper.  ~R. Buckminster Fuller, No More Secondhand God, 1963

Those who turn to God for comfort may find comfort but I do not think they will find God.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere.  ~Timaeus of Locris

Some people always sigh in thanking God.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

God, that dumping ground of our dreams.  ~Jean Rostand, Carnets d'un Biologiste, 1962

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?  ~Art Hoppe

If God asks that you bend, bend and do not complain.  He is making you more flexible, and for this be thankful.  ~Meriel Stelliger

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.  ~Julian Huxley

God - the John Doe of philosophy and religion.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927

When we lose God, it is not God who is lost.  ~Author Unknown

Life is a tapestry:  We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver.  Only the Weaver sees the whole design.  ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Those who never rebelled against God or at some point in their lives shaken their fists in the face of heaven, have never encountered God at all.  ~Catherine Marshall, Christy, 1967

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.  ~Voltaire

I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fled and didn't seem to matter.  ~Christopher Morley, Inward Ho!, 1923

Don't question God, for He may reply:  "If you're so anxious for answers, come up here."  ~Author Unknown

I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.  ~Mary Gardiner Brainard

Availability is better than ability for God.  ~Author Unknown

Seeing so much poverty everywhere makes me think that God is not rich.  He gives the appearance of it, but I suspect some financial difficulties.  ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862

God is a child who amuses himself, going from laughing to crying for no reason, each day reinventing the world to the chagrin of hair-splitters, pedants, and preachers, who try to teach God his job as Creator.  ~Elie Faure, L'Esprit des formes, 1927

Man is born broken.  He lives by mending.  The grace of God is glue.  ~Eugene O'Neill, The Great God Brown, 1926

Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God.  ~Author Unknown

If you are not as close to God as you used to be, who moved?  ~Author Unknown

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.  ~William Ralph Inge

When we put our cares in His hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.  ~Author Unknown

Before me, even as behind, God is, and all is well.  ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Exercise daily.  Walk with the Lord!  ~Author Unknown

Be God or let God.  ~Author Unknown

I could not say I believe.  I know!  I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.  ~Carl Jung

God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.  ~Alfred Jarry, Gestes et Opinions du Docteur Faustroll Pataphysicien, 1911

Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God; and so there's no room left for worry thoughts.  ~Howard Chandler Christy

I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining.  I believe in love even when I am alone.  I believe in God even when He is silent.  ~Author Unknown

God can never be a definition.  He is more than even the entirety of the dictionary.  ~Scarlett Bene

Darkness cannot put out the Light.  It can only make God brighter.  ~Author Unknown

No God, no peace.  Know God, know peace.  ~Author Unknown

You ask:  what is the meaning or purpose of life?  I can only answer with another question:  do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind?  ~Freeman Dyson, quoted in The Meaning of Life, compiled by Hugh S. Moorhead

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