„Christian — One who is willing to serve three Gods, but draws the line at one wife.“

1940s–present, A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)

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American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

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„The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

See the Positive Atheism http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/jeffphony.htm site on the extreme unlikelihood of this quote being authentic. It actually contains some known phrases of Jefferson's, but they are compounded with almost certainly false statements into a highly misrepresentative whole. Jefferson's own opinions on Jesus, God, Christianity and general opinions about them were far more complex than is indicated in this statement.
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„One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth.“

—  Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902

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„The Father willed that these two, the God Christ and the Church, should be one man.“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430

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Context: What is the Church? She is the body of Christ. Join to it the Head, and you have one man: The Head and the body make up one man. Who is the head? He who was born of the Virgin Mary. … And what is His body? It is His Spouse, that is, the Church.... The Father willed that these two, the God Christ and the Church, should be one man. All men are one man in Christ, and the unity of the Christians constitutes but one man. And this man is all men, all men are this man; for all are one, since Christ is one.

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„At the words “his philosophy, my philosophy,” one is always reminded of that line in Nathan: … “What kind of God is it who belongs to a man?”“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Bei den Ausdrücken, „Seine Philosophie”, „Meine Philosophie”, erinnert man sich immer an die Worte im Nathan: „Wem eignet Gott? Was ist das für ein Gott, der einem Menschen eignet?”
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„He who serves our Führer, Adolf Hitler, serves Germany, and he who serves Germany, serves God.“

—  Baldur von Schirach German Nazi leader convicted of crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg trial 1907 - 1974

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„Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

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„Lines should not be drawn simply for the sake of drawing lines“

—  Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965

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„The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills.“

—  Meister Eckhart German theologian 1260 - 1328

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Context: The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills. If he were ill he would not wish to be well. If he really abides in God's will, all pain is to him a joy, all complication, simple: yea, even the pains of hell would be a joy to him. He is free and gone out from himself, and from all that he receives, he must be free. If my eye is to discern colour, it must itself be free from all colour. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.

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„Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.“

—  Herman Melville, book Billy Budd, Sailor

Source: Billy Budd, the Sailor (1891), Ch. 21
Source: Billy Budd, Sailor
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