Quotes and Sayings about Gods



"Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?"
- Aeschylus
(Related: Time, Gods, Pain)

"For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Gods, Man, Misfortune)

"Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?"
- Aeschylus
(Related: Gods, Pain)

"Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Death, Gods, Desire, Gifts)

"The gods help them that help themselves."
- Aesop
(Related: Gods, Help)

"When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods."
- Leon Battista Alberti
(Related: Gods, Living)

"Pizza Express has been a real godsend for me. I've been working there for several years, six weeks a year. You can go to work every night and play. It's a nice little club. It's just about the right size for me, about 150 people."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Work, People, Night, Play, Right, Years)

"In fact, it was the women in our house who were in the saddle. If men are the gods, women are not only the presidents but all the ministers of the government."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Government, Men, Women, Gods, Fact)

"He was a god, such as men might be, if men were gods."
- Maxwell Anderson
(Related: Men, God, Gods)

"From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us."
- David Antin
(Related: Gods, Entertainment, Language, May)

"Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?"
- Aristophanes
(Related: Gods, Argument, Proof)

"The gods too are fond of a joke."
- Aristotle
(Related: Gods)

"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
- Aristotle
(Related: God, Religion, Gods, Appearance, Devotion, Treatment)

"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Men, Gods)

"She saw the myriad gods, and beyond God his own ineffable eternity; she saw that there were ranges of life beyond our present life, ranges of mind beyond our present mind and above these she saw the splendors of the spirit."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Life, God, Gods, Eternity, Mind, Present, Spirit)

"It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical."
- Clive Barker
(Related: Health, Dreams, Gods, Desire, Want, World)

"All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
- Charles A. Beard
(Related: History, Power, God, Gods, First, Stars)

"I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him."
- Max Beerbohm
(Related: Genius, Gods, Affliction, Man, Spiritual)

"Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babes, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts."
- John Stuart Blackie
(Related: Women, Gods, Tea, Water, Wine)

"Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Men, Gods, Deed, Evil, Will)

"Plant diseases, drought, desolation, despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages - and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: Gods, Catastrophes, Despair, Spirits, Supernatural)

"The difference between Liberty and liberties is as great as God and gods."
- Ludwig Borne
(Related: God, Gods, Difference, Liberty)

"Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man."
- David Bowie
(Related: Life, Gods, Light, Man, Mind, State, World)

"All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Gods, Being, Fortune)

"Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power."
- Dan Brown
(Related: Power, Women, Gods, Spiritual, Today, World, Years)

"When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Men, Gods, Old, Will)

"And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: God, Gods, Past)

"Even the most malignant gods would not continue to inflict life upon humanity, time without end."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Life, Time, Gods, End, Humanity)

"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Computers, Gods, Mercy, Old, Rules)

"The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Thought, Gods, Labor, Punishment, Reason, Weight)

"Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Gods, First, Myths, Satisfaction, Silly, Woman)

"Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Gods, Want)

"Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Gods, Ritual, Will, Wine)

"Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Love, Gods, Humanity)

"He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

"We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Men, Gods, Universe)

"A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Civilization, Gods)

"All the gods are dead except the god of war."
- Eldridge Cleaver
(Related: War, God, Gods)

"Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Gods, Infinity, Mystery)

"You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Knowledge, Gods, Open)

"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods."
- Confucius
(Related: Art, Truth, Anger, Gods, Yield)

"Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Gods, First)

"The gods are watching, but idly, yawning."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Gods)

"The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Marriage, Heart, Gods, Memories)

"To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: Gods, Mankind)

"Well, I turn people into human beings by not making them into gods."
- Imogen Cunningham
(Related: People, Gods)

"I turn people into human beings by not making them into gods."
- Imogen Cunningham
(Related: People, Gods)

"Commercial jobs are pretty easily adjustable because they only take a few hours to complete, which is one of the reasons they are a Godsend to the actor."
- Thayer David
(Related: Actor, Jobs, Pretty)

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: God, Gods)

"Were there no women, men might live like gods."
- Thomas Dekker
(Related: Men, Women, Gods)

"Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly."
- Democritus
(Related: Men, Gods, Blindness, Folly, Gifts, Now, Old)

"No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods."
- Demosthenes
(Related: Gods, Friends, Help, Man, Right)

"I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be."
- Diogenes
(Related: Gods)

"It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little."
- Diogenes
(Related: Men, Gods, Nothing, Privilege, Want)

"I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Gods, Thoughts, Rest, Want)

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Truth, Knowledge, Gods, Laughter)

"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Gods, May)

"Happy is he who has gained the wealth of divine thoughts, wretched is he whose beliefs about the gods are dark."
- Empedocles
(Related: Gods, Thoughts, Wealth, Beliefs)

"It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself."
- Epicurus
(Related: Power, Gods, Folly, Man)

"A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Dream, Gods, Conscience, Gain, Man, Order, Right)

"Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Work, Genius, Gods, Play, Silly)

"I've been grateful enough, smart enough to take the work with Ian McKellen in Gods And Monsters."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Work, Gods)

"American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Gods, American, Words)

"Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Design, People, Gods, Computer, Day, Evolution, Mercy, Question, Software, Want, Will, World)

"Silver and gold the Gods have denied them, whether in mercy or in wrath, I am unable to determine."
- Germanicus
(Related: Gods, Gold, Mercy, Wrath)

"Things are forgotten and then perhaps picked up again, if we're lucky, it lasts... if not, then it's in the lap of the gods. The important thing was to do some work that I liked and hopefully that some others might also like, whether for a minute, a week, a month, a year."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Work, Gods)

"To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Gods, Lovers)

"You don't go after poetry, you take what comes. Maybe the gods do it through me but I certainly do a hell of a lot of the work."
- Phyllis Gotlieb
(Related: Work, Poetry, Gods, Hell)

"Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip."
- Robert Greene
(Related: Men, Gods)

"There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep."
- Meg Greenfield
(Related: Gods, Court, Disaster, Listening, Self, Sleep, Talking)

"Nearer the gods no mortal may approach."
- Edmund Halley
(Related: Gods, May)

"If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: Gods, Beginning, End, Man, Mercy, Problems, Tragedy, Will)

"THE GODS was my first professional band and I learned a lot during that time. It was very cool playing with so many great musicians as it helped me to learn."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Time, Gods, First, Musicians)

"The gods loves to punish whatever is greater than the rest."
- Herodotus
(Related: Gods, Rest)

"But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods."
- Herodotus
(Related: Success, Gods)

"Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it."
- Hesiod
(Related: Gods, Excellence, Lies, Quantity, Road)

"Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand."
- Hippocrates
(Related: Gods, Man, Prayer)

"Leave the rest to the gods."
- Horace
(Related: Gods, Rest)

"The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Gods, Being, Ecstasy, Envy, Joy)

"Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Gods)

"Gods always behave like the people who make them."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: People, Gods)

"Gods always love the people who make em."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Love, People, Gods)

"All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Power, Gods)

"My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin's most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: God, Mother, Father, Gods, Beginning, Communism, Earth, Heaven)

"Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: God, Gods, Heaven, Nations, Poor)

"Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window."
- Jeremy Irons
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: God, Gods, Injury)

"Mankind is like dogs, not gods - as long as you don't get mad they'll bite you - but stay mad and you'll never be bitten. Dogs don't respect humility and sorrow."
- Jack Kerouac
(Related: Gods, Dogs, Humility, Mankind, Respect, Sorrow)

"For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Gods, Years)

"Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Gods, Beginning, Boredom, Evil, Wonder, World)

"The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods."
- Maxine Hong Kingston
(Related: Work, Gods, Hard work)

"No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved."
- John Knox
(Related: Heart, Gods, Man, World)

"Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race."
- Stanley Kunitz
(Related: Wisdom, Gods, Heroes, Mind, Myths, Old, Race, Waiting)

"Cicero, in his treatise concerning the Nature of the Gods, having said that three Jupiters were enumerated by theologians, adds that the third was of Crete, the son of Saturn, and that his tomb is shown in that island."
- Lactantius
(Related: Nature, Son, Gods)

"For if God is a title of the highest power, He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering, and subject to no other being; therefore they are not gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God."
- Lactantius
(Related: God, Power, Gods, Being, Necessity, Suffering)

"Therefore, if the gods are immortal and eternal, what need is there of the other sex, when they themselves do not require succession, since they are always about to exist?"
- Lactantius
(Related: Sex, Gods)

"Therefore God is one, if that which admits of so great power can be nothing else: and yet those who deem that there are many gods, say that they have divided their functions among themselves; but we will discuss all these matters at their proper places."
- Lactantius
(Related: Power, God, Gods, Nothing, Will)

"The poets, therefore, however much they adorned the gods in their poems, and amplified their exploits with the highest praises, yet very frequently confess that all things are held together and governed by one spirit or mind."
- Lactantius
(Related: Gods, Mind, Poems, Poets, Spirit)

"The day of the absolute is over, and we're in for the strange gods once more."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Gods, Day)

"People are always the start for me... animals, when I can get into their heads, gods, supernatural beings, immortals, the dead... these are all people to me."
- Tanith Lee
(Related: People, Gods, Animals, Supernatural)

"The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life."
- Lucan
(Related: Happiness, Life, Men, Death, Gods, May)

"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Gods, Fathers, Man)

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: Gods, Vision, Creation, Devil, Man, May, Will)

"Whom the gods love dies young."
- Menander
(Related: Love, Gods)

"It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: God, Gods, Universe)

"You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: People, Gods)

"If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Men, Gods, Day, Will)

"Some gods may cross your path, but why should gods be beautiful? They could also be frightening."
- Jeanne Moreau
(Related: Gods, May)

"Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods."
- Iris Murdoch
(Related: Art, Soul, Gods, Cunning)

"The latest page I've been working is about the organization of the pantheon of the gods. Who's indebted to whom, how they are related, who screwed whose uncle or grandmother, all of that."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Gods)

"Men should be judged not by their tint of skin, the gods they serve, the vintage they drink, nor by the way they fight, or love, or sin, but by the quality of the thought they think."
- Adela Florence Nicolson
(Related: Men, Love, Quality, Thought, Gods, Fight, Sin, Skin)

"There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are - more humane."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Gods, Reason)

"Where no gods are, spectres rule."
- Novalis
(Related: Gods)

"Anyway, the title The War of the Insect Gods came before we had that ending, before we knew they had become gods. That we knew the evolutionary cycle they went through. Before we even knew anything about that. We had an ending."
- Michael O'Donoghue
(Related: War, Gods, Ending)

"I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act."
- Laurence Olivier
(Related: Gods, Act, Actor, Shakespeare)

"When men make gods, there is no God!"
- Eugene O'Neill
(Related: Men, Gods)

"It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction."
- John Boyd Orr
(Related: War, Fear, Gods, Destruction, First, Hatred, May, Neurosis, Propaganda)

"In the last fifty years science has advanced more than in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods."
- John Boyd Orr
(Related: Nature, Science, Gods, Mankind, Years)

"It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are."
- Ovid
(Related: Gods)

"The gods behold all righteous actions."
- Ovid
(Related: Gods, Actions)

"There may or may not be a God or gods; the Siblings do not concern themselves with proving or disproving such a thing. By definition, gods are more powerful than men, and thus quite able to fend for themselves without help."
- Steve Perry
(Related: God, Men, Gods, Concern, Help, May)

"Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man."
- Plato
(Related: Truth, Gods, Beginning, Man)

"The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable."
- Plato
(Related: Gods, Man, Service)

"Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods."
- Plato
(Related: Love, Gods, Joy, Wonder)

"He whom the gods love dies young, while he is in health, has his senses and his judgments sound."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Love, Health, Gods, Senses, Sound)

"Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts."
- Plotinus
(Related: Gods, Mankind)

"Since, therefore, individuals as well as the public are so indebted to these writers for the benefits they enjoy, I think them not only entitled to the honour of palms and crowns, but even to be numbered among the gods."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Gods, Benefits, Public, Writers)

"Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Men, Gods, Angels, Pride)

"Men would be angels, angels would be gods."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Men, Gods, Angels)

"The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Work, Gods, Artist, Artists, Violence)

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."
- Terry Pratchett
(Related: Gods, Cats)

"He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting "All the Gods are bastards.""
- Terry Pratchett
(Related: Gods)

"Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along."
- Terry Pratchett
(Related: Gods, Chess, Fate)

"As to gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like."
- Protagoras
(Related: Gods)

"Thank the Gods! My misery exceeds all my hopes!"
- Jean Racine
(Related: Misery)

"Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their relationship with the divine other, God or the gods, and with the human other, the stranger."
- Timothy Radcliffe
(Related: God, Gods)

"The lover is a monotheist who knows that other people worship different gods but cannot himself imagine that there could be other gods."
- Theodor Reik
(Related: People, Gods, Worship)

"Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Humor, Gods, Nothing)

"Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because trying to impress people just isn't worth the time and effort."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: Men, Time, People, Gods, Effort, Old, Trying, Worth)

"Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men."
- Jean Rostand
(Related: Men, Science, Gods, Being)

"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests."
- George Santayana
(Related: Men, Gods, Atheism, Piety, Universe)

"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject."
- George Santayana
(Related: Fear, Gods, First)

"With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Gods, Struggle, Stupidity)

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Gods, Stupidity)

"And the first commandment of feminism is: I am woman; thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that women have capabilities or often choose roles that are different from men's."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Women, Gods, Feminism, First, Woman)

"If there are signs that Americans bow to the gods of advertising, there are equally indications that people find the gods ridiculous. It is part of the popular culture that advertisements are silly."
- Michael Schudson
(Related: People, Gods, Advertising, Americans, Culture, Popular, Silly)

"It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology - the richest king who gets everything he wants, but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods."
- Martin Scorsese
(Related: Family, Gods, Mythology)

"We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Truth, Gods, Want)

"After months of want and hunger, we suddenly found ourselves able to have meals fit for the gods, and with appetites the gods might have envied."
- Ernest Shackleton
(Related: Gods, Hunger, Months, Want)

"Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Gods, Man)

"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Gods, Boys, Flies)

"The weather is perfect. The gods are shining on us."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Gods, Weather)

"We are making gods out of global celebrities."
- Elizabeth Joan Smith
(Related: Gods)

"Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men; and his religion... was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Society, Religion, Gods, Man)

"The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods."
- Socrates
(Related: Gods, Poets)

"The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest."
- Sophocles
(Related: Gods, Gifts, Mankind, Reason)

"To live without evil belongs only to the gods."
- Sophocles
(Related: Gods, Evil)

"If the timing's right and the gods are with you, something special happens."
- Rick Springfield
(Related: Gods, Right)

"Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can."
- Richard Stallman
(Related: Gods, Certainty, Ethics)

"Fear created the first gods in the world."
- Caecilius Statius
(Related: Fear, Gods, First, World)

"If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Success, Gods, Fame, Man, Question, Trade)

"Everytime someone ends a prayer in the Western world they say Amen - that is the name of an Egyptian god associated with completion. So we're still praying to their gods."
- Whitley Strieber
(Related: God, Gods, Completion, Name, Prayer, World)

"From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea."
- Algernon Charles Swinburne
(Related: Life, Love, Men, Fear, Gods, Hope, Living, May, Sea, Thanksgiving)

"The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
(Related: Gods, Gifts)

"I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion."
- Themistocles
(Related: Gods, Persuasion)

"Every people have gods to suit their circumstances."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: People, Gods, Circumstances)

"Each has its lesson; for our dreams in sooth, come they in shape of demons, gods, or elves, are allegories with deep hearts of truth that tell us solemn secrets of ourselves."
- Henry Timrod
(Related: Dreams, Truth, Gods, Deep, Secrets)

"I don't think so, but it's always in the back of my mind that many of the soldiers being wounded and killed in Iraq are about the same age as my kids. My godson is going over soon, so the war's about to get personal for me."
- Garry Trudeau
(Related: Age, War, Being, Iraq, Kids, Mind, Soldiers)

"I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Gods, Concern, Evil, Spirits)

"The art of Peace I practice has room for each of the world's eight million gods, and I cooperate with them all. The God of Peace is very great and enjoins all that is divine and enlightened in every land."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Art, Peace, God, Gods, Land, Practice, World)

"Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Fear, Gods, World)

"Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers."
- Virgil
(Related: Gods)

"From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods."
- Virgil
(Related: Gods, Example)

"We're entertainers, while people want us to be gods."
- Donnie Wahlberg
(Related: People, Gods, Want)

"During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come."
- Mika Waltari
(Related: Life, Gods, Hope, Immortality, Kings, Past, Writers)

"So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: Art, Gods, Being, Needs, Wind, World)

"Those whom the gods love grow young."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Love, Gods)

"When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Gods)

"The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Gods, Mind)

"There are gods, but there is no God; and all gods become devils eventually."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: God, Gods)

"Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!"
- Stevie Wonder
(Related: Life, Gods, Defeat, Meaning, Struggle)

"I saw my parents as gods whose every wish must be obeyed or I would suffer the penalty of anguish and guilt."
- Natalie Wood
(Related: Gods, Guilt, Parents)

"But if cattle and horses or lions had hands, or were able to draw with their hands and do the work that men can do, horses would draw the forms of the gods like horses, and cattle like cattle, and they would make their bodies such as they each had themselves."
- Xenophanes
(Related: Men, Work, Gods, Horses)

"God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought."
- Xenophanes
(Related: God, Men, Thought, Gods, Body)

"Men create the gods in their own image."
- Xenophanes
(Related: Men, Gods)

"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks."
- Lin Yutang
(Related: Gods)

"If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: People, Gods, Vote)

"Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: Gods, Deed, Fate)