„For the only reason (I came to think) for God to inspire the Bible would be so that his people would have his actual words; but if he really wanted to have his actual words, surely he would have miraculously preserved those words, just as he had miraculously inspired them in the first place.“
— Aiden Wilson Tozer American missionary 1897 - 1963
„How does it help us to say that the Bible is the inerrant word of God if in fact we don't have the words that God inerrantly inspired, but only the words copied by the scribes—sometimes correctly but sometimes (many times!) incorrectly?“
— Bart D. Ehrman American academic 1955
„A doctor in rural South Africa describes his frustration. He says, "We have no medicines. Many hospitals tell people, you've got AIDS, we can't help you. Go home and die." In an age of miraculous medicines, no person should have to hear those words.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
State of the Union (28 January 2003) http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/texts/bush012003.html
„How proud he would have felt […] to have seen those seeds germinate into a Muslim nation, a Land of the Pure. How it would have broken his heart to see that Land of the Pure become a medieval theocracy and then rip itself apart in tribal factionalism. The Word of God prophecies from the barrel of an AK47.“
— Ian McDonald British science fiction novelist 1960
Ch. 37 (p. 411).
„… in such a matter he would never have been guided by his first thoughts (which would probably have been right) nor even by his twenty-first (which would have at least been explicable). Beyond doubt he would have prolonged deliberation till his hundred-and-first; and they would be infallibly and invincibly wrong. This is what always happens to the deliberations of a simple man who thinks he is a subtle one.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
„And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence. Bertrand Russell's Best: Silhouettes in Satire (1958), "On Religion".<!--originally taken from What is an Agnostic? (1953).-->
„If John Logie Baird had been born in 1971 would he have been a genius? The only thing we know with any certainty is that he wouldn't have invented the television. Some people believe he would have still established his genius; that he would have simply found another arena in which to work. I disagree. I think he would have been distracted from such brainy pursuits by all that television.“
— Dave Gorman English author, comedian, and television presenter 1971
"Dave Gorman: What makes a genius?," http://artsandentertainment.independentminds.livejournal.com/274381.html The Independent (2009-03-14)
„Some people will say that his bluster and bigotry is just over-heated campaign rhetoric – an outrageous person saying outrageous things for attention. But look at the policies Trump has proposed. They would put prejudice into practice. And don’t be distracted by his latest attempts to muddy the waters. He may have some new people putting new words in his mouth… but we know where he stands. He would form a deportation force to round up millions of immigrants and kick them out of the country.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
„So you must be silent.
Then God will be born in you,
utter his word in you and you shall hear it;
but be very sure that if
you speak the word will have to be silent.
If you go out, he will most surely come in;
as much as you go out for him
He will come in to you; no more, no less“
— Johannes Tauler German theologian 1300 - 1361
Context: So you must be silent. Then God will be born in you, utter his word in you and you shall hear it; but be very sure that if you speak the word will have to be silent. If you go out, he will most surely come in; as much as you go out for him He will come in to you; no more, no less….
„He didn't want to learn another thing. Motionless, he constantly stared at the same spot, unseeing. He breathed as if the air were loam…. he no longer wanted to be quick…. he wanted to slow down until he died…. Outside the passage of time… until they'd think him dead…. The alterations of day and night would finally become just a flickering… John sucked in the air and held his breath…. everything would be as it had been before his birth. He would have never been.“
— Sten Nadolny German novelist 1942
„I've studied Ulysses in depth and still think it's a great and ground-breaking book, a brave and sincere trail-blazer — but also massively self-indulgent, baggy, and irritating.
Joyce was a wonderful liberator, but his approach is dangerous for a writer to emulate, since he had a massive ego and was convinced that every word he wrote was sacred. Have you seen his annotated proofs? He scarcely ever deleted a word, just added screeds and screeds more stuff in the margins. He also believed that people should, and would, read novels with the same slow, studious pondering of every word and phrase that they bring to ancient scripture, which I think is a stupid thing for a storyteller to expect.“
— Michel Faber novelist 1960
Interview at Canongate http://www.canongate.net/MichelFaber