„The astonishing thing about Einstein's equations is that they appear to have come out of nothing.“

—  Ernest Barnes, As quoted by Gerald James Whitrow, The Structure of the Universe: An Introduction to Cosmology (1949)
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—  Slavoj Žižek Slovene philosopher 1949
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Context: Faith is not a thing that comes into being out of nothing. It originates in an event. In the spiritual vacancy of life something may suddenly occur that is like the lifting of a veil at the horizon of knowledge. A simple episode may open sight of the eternal. A shift of conceptions, boisterous like a tempest of soft as a breeze may swerve a mind for an instant or forever. For God is not wholly silent and man is not always deaf. God's willingness to call men to His service and man's responsiveness to the divine indications in things and events are for faith what sun and soil are for the plant. "The Holy Dimension", p. 333

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„Out of nothing to have come on major weather,“

—  Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
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„You know, there’s one thing about you that always astonishes me. The longer you talk, the wronger you get.“

—  M. K. Hobson American writer 1969
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