„God save us from reading nothing but the best.“
Kontextus: Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.
— Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973
— Graham Greene, könyv The Quiet American
Pt. I, ch. 1, pg 15
Forrás: The Quiet American (1955)
„It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, könyv The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
Kontextus: We do not struggle for ourselves, nor for our race, not even for humanity.
We do not struggle for Earth, nor for ideas. All these are the precious yet provisional stairs of our ascending God, and they crumble away as soon as he steps upon them in his ascent.
In the smallest lightning flash of our lives, we feel all of God treading upon us, and suddenly we understand: if we all desire it intensely, if we organize all the visible and invisible powers of earth and fling them upward, if we all battle together like fellow combatants eternally vigilant — then the Universe might possibly be saved.
It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.
„God save us all from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.“
— Paddy Chayefsky American playwright, screenwriter and novelist 1923 - 1981
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison.
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Kontextus: You've done the morally right thing. God save us all from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.
— John Wesley Christian theologian 1703 - 1791
A statement among his final words, said to have been repeated two or three times, as quoted in The Living Wesley (1891) by James Harrison Rigg
Variants: The best of it is, God is with us.
Best of all, God is with us.
„What are books but tangible dreams? What is reading if it is not dreaming? The best books cause us to dream; the rest are not worth reading.“
— Rikki Ducornet American writer and artist 1949
Forrás: The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade
„Self-conscious rejection of the absolute is the best way to resist God; thus illusion, the substance of life, is saved.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Tears and Saints (1937)
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
„After his first training session in heaven, George Best, from his favourite right wing, turned the head of God who was filling in at left-back. I would love him to save me a place in his team - George Best that is, not God.“
— Eric Cantona French actor and association football player 1966
Quotes of the week, BBC News, 6 December 2005, 2007-04-18 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/funny_old_game/4498894.stm,
„God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. Even so, God cannot save them from fools.“
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
Változat: God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fool
Forrás: 1900s, Our National Parks (1901), chapter 10: The American Forests <!-- Terry Gifford, EWDB, pages 604-605 -->
Kontextus: Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much towards getting back anything like the noble primeval forests. … It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods — trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries … God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools — only Uncle Sam can do that.
„We therefore need to know the gifts given us by God, so that we may use them, for by these we shall be saved.“
— Walter Hilton English Augustinian mystic. 1340 - 1396
Book I, ch. 41 (p. 47)
The Ladder of Perfection (1494)