— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
"I create gods all the time - now I think one might exist" (2008)
Contexto: So what shall I make of the voice that spoke to me recently as I was scuttling around getting ready for yet another spell on a chat-show sofa?
More accurately, it was a memory of a voice in my head, and it told me that everything was OK and things were happening as they should. For a moment, the world had felt at peace. Where did it come from?
Me, actually — the part of all of us that, in my case, caused me to stand in awe the first time I heard Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium, and the elation I felt on a walk one day last February, when the light of the setting sun turned a ploughed field into shocking pink; I believe it's what Abraham felt on the mountain and Einstein did when it turned out that E=mc2.
It's that moment, that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something, and in that instant we get just a sense of an order greater than Heaven and, as yet at least, beyond the grasp of Stephen Hawking. It doesn't require worship, but, I think, rewards intelligence, observation and enquiring minds.
I don't think I've found God, but I may have seen where gods come from.
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, The Sensual World (1989)
— Watchman Nee, libro The Normal Christian Life
Fuente: The Normal Christian Life
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
From interview with Amrita Mulchandani
— 50 Cent American rapper, actor, businessman, investor and television producer 1975
Don't Push Me
Song lyrics, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)
— André Bessette Canadian Catholic brother and saint 1845 - 1937
Saint André Bessette: Montreal’s Miracle Worker https://catholicism.org/br-andre.html
„I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that "all that I am," I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.“
— Saint Patrick 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland 385 - 461
Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus (c.450?)
Contexto: I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that "all that I am," I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God. He himself testifies that this is so. I never would have wanted these harsh words to spill from my mouth; I am not in the habit of speaking so sharply. Yet now I am driven by the zeal of God, Christ's truth has aroused me. I speak out too for love of my neighbors who are my only sons; for them I gave up my home country, my parents and even pushing my own life to the brink of death. If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.
— Derek Landy Irish children's writer 1974
Fuente: Death Bringer
„I am somebody.
I am a somebody.
I am a child of God.
I may not be educated but I am somebody.
I may not have any money but I am somebody.
I may not eat steak every day but I am somebody.
I may not look the way you look but I am somebody.“
— Jesse Jackson African-American civil rights activist and politician 1941
Prayer during the Poor People's Campaign march in Washington, DC (21 May 1968)
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Letter to Edmund Jenings, 27 September 1782 http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/06-13-02-0217, also quoted in John Adams (2008) by David McCullough, p. 272
— Peace Pilgrim American non-denominational spiritual teacher 1908 - 1981
Fuente: Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words (1982), Ch. 7 : Living the Spiritual Life
Contexto: I am constantly thankful. The world is so beautiful, I am thankful. I have endless energy, I am thankful. I am plugged into the source of Universal Supply, I am thankful. I am plugged into the source of Universal Truth, I am thankful. I have this constant feeling of thankfulness, which is a prayer.
„Anything I cannot thank God for for the sake of Christ, I may not thank God for at all; to do so would be sin…. We cannot rightly acknowledge the gifts of God unless we acknowledge the Mediator for whose sake alone they are given to us.“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, libro The Cost of Discipleship
Fuente: The Cost of Discipleship
„As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I IT AM. That is to say, I IT AM, the Might and the Goodness of the Fatherhood; I IT AM, the Wisdom of the Motherhood; I IT AM, the Light and the Grace that is all blessed Love: I IT AM, the Trinity, I IT AM, the Unity: I am the sovereign Goodness of all manner of things. I am that maketh thee to love: I am that maketh thee to long: I IT AM, the endless fulfilling of all true desires.
For there the soul is highest, noblest, and worthiest, where it is lowest, meekest, and mildest: and of this Substantial Ground we have all our virtues in our Sense-part by gift of Nature, by helping and speeding of Mercy and Grace: without the which we may not profit.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Summations, Chapter 59
„I noticed that my problems occur when I try to dominate the text, when I try to ask it to be something, or to ask it to fit into some sort of structure, or when I ask it to compliment my ego, or all of these things. That's really where all my problems start from. Where it's going very well, is where I have sort of surrendered to it, you know, where I am behind the text, and I am watching, like a dancer who's following another dancer, and just watching where it might go next. All I want to be is, I want to be as ready and as available as possible for it. That seems to me all I really need to do.“
— Hisham Matar American writer 1970
Blue Metropolis Festival (2013)
— Hans Frank German war criminal 1900 - 1946
Last words, 10/16/46, quoted in "The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War II" - Page 565 - by Jon E. Lewis - History - 2002
„Are you mad? (Artemis)
Yes, I am. Mad at this world where we are nothing to the gods. Mad at the Fates who put us here for no purpose except to toy with us for their petty amusement. I wish all of the gods were dead and gone. (Acheron)“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965