God at Easter

Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008 – God at Easter


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


When you want something really bad and you close your eyes and wish for it – God’s the guy who ignores you. ~ Caspian Tredwell-Owen, and Alex Kurtzman, The Island, 2005


All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters, 1999


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


I could prove God statistically. ~ George Gallup


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action. ~ Bono


Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money. ~ Steve Wynn


Could somebody please explain to me why it is that if you believe Elvis is still alive, you belong in an asylum; whereas if you believe Jesus is still alive, you belong in our halls of power? ~ Lawrence Boyce


It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. ~ Arthur C. Clarke


Man can try to name love, showering upon it all the names at his command, and still he will involve himself in endless self deceptions. If he possesses a grain of wisdom he will lay down his arms and name the unknown by the more unknown – ignotum per ignotius – that is by the name of God. ~ Carl Jung


Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the Universe, reveal Him to us as an illogical and unbalanced Being. They declare He is benevolent because they are afraid of Him, but they are forced to admit the truth that His ways are vicious and beyond understanding. They attribute a malignity to Him seldom to be found in any human being. And that is how they get human beings to worship Him. For our miserable species would never lavish worship on a just and benevolent God from whom they had nothing to fear. ~ Anatole France, The Gods Will Have Blood


At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father. ~ Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo


God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. ~ Paul Valery


If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God? ~ George Deacon


God is love, but get it in writing. ~ Gypsy Rose Lee


I dislike blasphemy on purely rational grounds. If there is no God, blasphemy is stupid and unnecessary; if there is, then it’s damned dangerous. ~ Flan O’Brien


Be careful how you talk about God. He’s the only God we have. If you let him go he won’t come back. He won’t even look back over his shoulder. And then what will you do? ~ Harold Pinter, Ashes to Ashes