„Thou shalt not submit thy god to market forces.“

Source: Small Gods

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English author 1948 - 2015

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„If I were to start as a God or a prophet I think I should take the line: "Thou shalt not believe in me. Thou shalt not have me for a God.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1912) self censored "d_____d" in original publication
Context: It is the manner of gods and prophets to begin: "Thou shalt have none other God or Prophet but me." If I were to start as a God or a prophet I think I should take the line: "Thou shalt not believe in me. Thou shalt not have me for a God. Thou shalt worship any d_____d thing thou likest except me." This should be my first and great commandment, and my second should be like unto it.

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„Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God.“

—  Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950

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„Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 BC

As quoted in Fragments of Reality: Daily Entries of Lived Life (2006) by Peter Cajander, p. 109

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„The Queen said, "Remember: when thou shalt see the lord thy brother in his own shape, that is no illusion. Mistrust all else. And the almighty Gods preserve and comfort thee."“

—  Eric Rücker Eddison, book The Worm Ouroboros

Therewith the hippogriff, as if maddened with the day-beams, plunged like a wild horse, spread wide its rainbow pinions, reared, and took wing. But the Lord Juss was sprung astride of it, and the grip of his knees on the ribs of it was like brazen clamps. The firm land seemed to rush away beneath him to the rear; the lake and the shore and islands thereof showed in a moment small and remote, and the figures of the Queen and his companions like toys, then dots, then shrunken to nothingness, and the vast silence of the upper air opened and received him into utter loneliness. In that silence earth and sky swirled like the wine in a shaken goblet as the wild steed rocketed higher and higher in great spirals. A cloud billowy-white shut in the sky before them; brighter and brighter it grew in its dazzling whiteness as they sped towards it, until they touched it and the glory was dissolved in a gray mist that grew still darker and colder as they flew till suddenly they emerged from the further side of the cloud into a radiance of blue and gold blinding in its glory.
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„"Thou shalt not get found out" is not one of God's commandments, and no man can be saved by trying to keep it.“

—  Leonard Bacon American Congregational preacher and writer. 1802 - 1881

Reported in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 511.

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„Since all things are God, in all things thou seest just so much of God as thy capacity affordeth thee.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Source: The Vision and the Voice: With Commentary and Other Papers

„Regardless of nationality, all men are brothers. God is "our Father who art in heaven." The commandment "Thou shalt not kill" is unconditional and inexorable.“

—  Ben Salmon American activist 1889 - 1932

Letter To President Wilson http://archive.org/details/LetterToWilson1917 (June 5, 1917) by Ben Salmon
Context: Regardless of nationality, all men are brothers. God is "our Father who art in heaven." The commandment "Thou shalt not kill" is unconditional and inexorable. … The lowly Nazarene taught us the doctrine of non-resistance, and so convinced was he of the soundness of that doctrine that he sealed his belief with death on the cross. … When human law conflicts with Divine law, my duty is clear. Conscience, my infallible guide, impels me to tell you that prison, death, or both, are infinitely preferable to joining any branch of the Army.

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„Make thine eyes wide and give God wondering thanks
That grace like ours is given thee — thou shalt bear
Part of our praise for ever.“

—  Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic 1837 - 1909

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Context: So be it the wind and sun
That reared thy limbs and lit thy veins with life
Have blown and shone upon thee not for nought—
If these have fed and fired thy spirit as mine
With love, with faith that casts out fear, with joy,
With trust in truth and pride in trust — if thou
Be theirs indeed as theirs am I, with me
Shalt thou take part and with my sea-folk — aye,
Make thine eyes wide and give God wondering thanks
That grace like ours is given thee — thou shalt bear
Part of our praise for ever.

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„Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident,
It is the very place God meant for thee;
And should'st thou there small room for action see,
Do not for this give room for discontent.“

—  Richard Chenevix Trench Irish bishop 1807 - 1886

Sonnet, The Story of Justin Martyr and Other Poems; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 190-92.

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„If thou art fighting against thy sins, so is God. On thy side is God who made all, and Christ who died for all and the Spirit who alone gives wisdom, purity, and nobleness.“

—  Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875

Source: Attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 263.

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„Great god of the Ants, thou hast granted victory to thy servants. I appoint thee honorary Colonel.“

—  Karel Čapek, Pictures from the Insects' Life

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