„Even god doesn't propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?“

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„Man proposes, but God disposes.“

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„I shall not have it judged by any man, not even by any angel. For since I am certain of it, I shall be your judge and even the angels’ judge through this teaching (as St. Paul says [1 Cor. 6:3]) so that whoever does not accept my teaching may not be saved - for it is God’s teaching and not mine.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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Luther's Works, Church and Ministry I, Eric W. Gritsch, Helmut T. Lehman eds., Concordia Publishing House, 1986, ISBN 0800603397, ISBN 9780800603397, vol. 39, p. 249. http://books.google.com/books?id=2YnYAAAAMAAJ&q=%22so+that+whoever+does+not+accept+my+teaching+may+not+be+saved%22&dq=%22so+that+whoever+does+not+accept+my+teaching+may+not+be+saved%22&hl=en&ei=9ow_TOntFoL78AbVqMW_Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAA

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„With his head in his hands,
God thought and thought,
Till he thought: I'll make me a man!“

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„Man proposes, God disposes. (translated by Thornton)“

—  Plautus, Bacchides

Bacchides Act I, scene 2, line 36.
Variant translation: The mind is hopeful : success is in God’s hands. (translator unknown)
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Original: (la) Sperat quidem animus : quo eveniat, diis in manu est

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„I am not even prepared to meet Professor Einstein or Bertrand Russell; why should I vaingloriously assume that God would find me interesting?“

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„To regard man, the most ephemeral and rapidly evolving of all species, as the final and unsurpassable achievement of creation, especially at his present-day particularly dangerous and disagreeable stage of development, is certainly the most arrogant and dangerous of all untenable doctrines. If I thought of man as the final image of God, I should not know what to think of God.“

—  Konrad Lorenz, book On Aggression

Source: On Aggression (1963), Ch. XII : On the Virtue of Scientific Humility
Context: We are the highest achievement reached so far by the great constructors of evolution. We are their "latest" but certainly not their last word. The scientist must not regard anything as absolute, not even the laws of pure reason. He must remain aware of the great fact, discovered by Heraclitus, that nothing whatever really remains the same even for one moment, but that everything is perpetually changing. To regard man, the most ephemeral and rapidly evolving of all species, as the final and unsurpassable achievement of creation, especially at his present-day particularly dangerous and disagreeable stage of development, is certainly the most arrogant and dangerous of all untenable doctrines. If I thought of man as the final image of God, I should not know what to think of God. But when I consider that our ancestors, at a time fairly recent in relation to the earth's history, were perfectly ordinary apes, closely related to chimpanzees, I see a glimmer of hope. It does not require very great optimism to assume that from us human beings something better and higher may evolve. Far from seeing in man the irrevocable and unsurpassable image of God, I assert – more modestly and, I believe, in greater awe of the Creation and its infinite possibilities – that the long-sought missing link between animals and the really humane being is ourselves!

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„No one should question the faith of others, for no human can judge the ways of God.“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975

Not reliably sourced, as this has thus far been found only in a Rastafarian publication http://www.himchurch.org/index.html on the internet which conflates several different statements by Haile Selassie made between 1948 and 1966 with some made by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan which were merely quoted by Selassie in 1965.
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