„Father of all! in every age,
In every clime adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!“
— Alexander Pope eighteenth century English poet 1688 - 1744
The Universal Prayer (1738)
„Death, we are told, should be left to God. We do not leave birth to God. We space births. We prevent births. We arrange births. Man should learn to become the lord of death as well as the master of birth.“
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
Source: The Christian Agnostic (1965), p.269
„Oh Lord deliver us from the elements
We at your mercy and your reverence
Oh Lord deliver us from the elements
We've no defence we are impotent“
— Colin Moulding English bassist, songwriter and vocalist 1955
"Deliver Us From The Elements"
„Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.“
— James Montgomery British editor, hymn writer, and poet 1771 - 1854
At Home in Heaven.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„A really free mind is scarcely attached to its opinions. If the mind cannot help giving birth to … emotions and affections which at first appear to be inseparable from them, it reacts against these intimate phenomena it experiences against its will.“
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
Source: Regards sur le monde actuel [Reflections on the World Today] (1931), p. 55
„Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 avant J.-C.
Original: (zh) 故三军之事，莫亲于间，赏莫厚于间，事莫密于间，
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XIII · Intelligence and Espionage
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
On FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, as quoted in The New York Times (31 October 1971).
„The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1961, Address to ANPA
Contexte: The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
„The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
As quoted in Hugs for Girlfriends : Stories, Sayings, and Scriptures to Encourage and Inspire (2001) by Philis Boultinghouse and LeAnn Weiss, p. 7; there seem to be no published sources available for this statement prior to 2001.
„There is no such thing as slow freedom. Freedom is like a birth. Till we are fully free we are slaves.“
— Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Young India (15 December 1921)
— Francois Rabelais, livre Gargantua et Pantagruel
Source: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Fourth Book (1548, 1552), Chapter 19.
„Our Lord God shewed two manner of secret things. One is this great Secret with all the privy points that belong thereto: and these secret things He willeth we should know hid until the time that He will clearly shew them to us.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The Thirteenth Revelation, Chapter 34
Contexte: Our Lord God shewed two manner of secret things. One is this great Secret with all the privy points that belong thereto: and these secret things He willeth we should know hid until the time that He will clearly shew them to us. The other are the secret things that He willeth to make open and known to us; for He would have us understand that it is His will that we should know them. They are secrets to us not only for that He willeth that they be secrets to us, but they are secrets to us for our blindness and our ignorance; and thereof He hath great ruth, and therefore He will Himself make them more open to us, whereby we may know Him and love Him and cleave to Him. For all that is speedful for us to learn and to know, full courteously will our Lord shew us.
„A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Source: On Christian Liberty
— Kim Edwards, livre The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Source: The Memory Keeper's Daughter
„Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
And we'll all stay free.
Praise the Lord and swing into position
Can't afford to sit around a-wishin'
Praise the Lord, we're all between perdition
And the deep blue sea.“
— Frank Loesser American songwriter 1910 - 1969
Song Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
„BLESSED BE ALL THOSE WHO HEAR AND RUSH TO FREE YOU, LORD, AND WHO SAY: "ONLY YOU AND I EXIST."
BLESSED BE ALL THOSE WHO FREE YOU AND BECOME UNITED WITH YOU, LORD, AND WHO SAY: "YOU AND I ARE ONE."
AND THRICE BLESSED BE THOSE WHO BEAR ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND DO NOT BUCKLE UNDER THIS GREAT, SUBLIME, AND TERRIFYING SECRET:
THAT EVEN THIS ONE
DOES NOT EXIST!“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, livre The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
— Edward R. Murrow Television journalist 1908 - 1965
As quoted by Bill Moyers CBS TV (10 September 1986)
— Thomas Müntzer early Reformation-era German pastor who was a rebel leader during the German Peasants' War 1489 - 1525
Letter to the Princes as cited in The German Peasants' War and Anabaptist Community of Goods, p. 109 https://books.google.com/books?id=MeFSqubf6VAC&pg=PA107