„Sin which men account small brings God's great wrath on men.“

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, 1652

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English Puritan 1608 - 1680

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„A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.“

—  H. Richard Niebuhr American theologian 1894 - 1962

Source: The Kingdom of God in America

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„God, grant us men to see in a small thing principles which are common things both small and great.“
Deus, dona hominibus videre in parvo communes notitias rerum parvarum atque magnarum.[http://books.google.com/books?id=lM5PQRHMNFwC&q=%22Deus+dona+hominibus+videre+in+parvo+communes+notitias+rerum+parvarum+atque+magnarum%22&pg=PR19#v=onepage]

—  Aurelius Augustinus, book Confessions

Deus, dona hominibus videre in parvo communes notitias rerum parvarum atque magnarum.
XI, 23
Confessions (c. 397)

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„Sins against God's mercy will bring the greatest and sorest judgments upon men's heads and hearts. Mercy is God's Alpha, justice is His Omega.“

—  Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, 1652

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„Therefore be amazed, you great and small who fear God, and you men of God, eloquent speakers, listen and contemplate.“

—  Saint Patrick 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland 385 - 461

The Confession (c. 452?)
Context: Therefore be amazed, you great and small who fear God, and you men of God, eloquent speakers, listen and contemplate. Who was it summoned me, a fool, from the midst of those who appear wise and learned in the law and powerful in rhetoric and in all things? Me, truly wretched in this world, he inspired before others that I could be — if I would — such a one who, with fear and reverence, and faithfully, without complaint, would come to the people to whom the love of Christ brought me and gave me in my lifetime, if I should be worthy, to serve them truly and with humility.

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„To God, and not to man, are all men to account for their belief.“

—  Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809

1790s, Discourse to the Theophilanthropists (1798)
Context: It was the excess to which imaginary systems of religion had been carried, and the intolerance, persecutions, burnings, and massacres, they occasioned, that first induced certain persons to propagate infidelity; thinking, that upon the whole, that it was better not to believe at all, than to believe a multitude of things and complicated creeds, that occasioned so much mischief in the world. But those days are past, persecution has ceased, and the antidote then set up against it has no longer even the shadow of apology. We profess, and we proclaim in peace, the pure, unmixed, comfortable, and rational belief of a God, as manifested to us in the universe. We do this without any apprehension of that belief being made a cause of persecution as other beliefs have been, or of suffering persecution ourselves. To God, and not to man, are all men to account for their belief.

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„Science brings men nearer to God.“

—  Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895

As quoted in Letter to an Atheist (2007) by Michael Patrick Leahy, p. 61
Original: Le premier regard de l'homme jeté sur l'univers n'y découvre que variété, diversité, multiplicité des phénomènes. Que ce regard soit illuminé par la science, — par la science qui rapproche l'homme de Dieu, — et la simplicité et l'unité brillent de toutes parts.

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„Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, book Les Caractères

Ainsi les postes éminents rendent les grands hommes encore plus grands, et les petits beaucoup plus petits.
Aphorism 95
Les Caractères (1688), De l'Homme

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„Great men are sometimes so even in small things.“

—  Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues French writer, a moralist 1715 - 1747

Source: Reflections and Maxims (1746), p. 188.

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„It is not great men who change the world, but weak men in the hands of a great God.“

—  Brother Yun Chinese christian house church leader 1958

Source: The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun

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„There are sins that men commit for which they cannot receive forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, and if they had their eyes open to see their true condition, they would be perfectly willing to have their blood spilt upon the ground, that the smoke thereof might ascend to heaven as an offering for their sins, and the smoking incense would atone for their sins, whereas, if such is not the case, they will stick to them and remain upon them in the spirit world … I do know that there are sins committed, of such a nature that if the people did understand the doctrine of salvation, they would tremble because of their situation. And furthermore, I know that there are transgressors, who, if they knew themselves, and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness, would beg of their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke thereof might ascend to God as an offering to appease the wrath that is kindled against them, and that the law might have its course. I will say further; I have had men come to me and offer their lives to atone for their sins. It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it can never remit. As it was in ancient days, so it is in our day.“

—  Brigham Young Latter Day Saint movement leader 1801 - 1877

Journal of Discourses 4:53 (September. 21, 1856)
Brigham Young describes the doctrine of Blood Atonement

„Men are not in hell because God is angry with them. They are in wrath and darkness because they have done to the light, which infinitely flows forth from God, as that man does to the light who puts out his own eyes.“

—  William Law English cleric, nonjuror and theological writer 1686 - 1761

As quoted in Art and the Message of the Church (1961) by Walter Ludwig Nathan, p. 120.

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„Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.“

—  Algernon Sidney British politician and political theorist 1623 - 1683

:3 Fish: Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
:1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
:*William Shakespeare, Pericles, Act ii. Sc. 1.
Source: Discourses Concerning Government (1689), Ch. 2, Sect. 18; comparable to:

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„A great many men — some comparatively small men now — if put in the right position, would be Luthers and Columbuses.“

—  Edwin Hubbell Chapin American priest 1814 - 1880

Source: Living Words (1869), P. 165.

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„Your great employment is to bring the individual souls of men to Christ.“

—  Edward Norris Kirk American Christian missionary, pastor, teacher, evangelist and writer 1802 - 1874

Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 411.

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„God will call evil men to a strict account for all the outward good that they have enjoyed.“

—  Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680

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