— J. Gresham Machen American theologian 1881 - 1937
„Love, who is most beautiful among the immortal gods, the melter of limbs, overwhelms in their hearts the intelligence and wise counsel of all gods and all men.“
Ἠδ᾽ Ἔρος, ὃς κάλλιστος ἐν ἀθανάτοισι θεοῖσι, λυσιμελής, πάντων δὲ θεῶν πάντων τ᾽ ἀνθρώπων δάμναται ἐν στήθεσσι νόον καὶ ἐπίφρονα βουλήν.
„Behold the sons of men.
whose hearts are divine!
In selfishness they heap misery on one another;
yet for love they die. (...)
Scatter gold among them, and they are beasts;
show them God, and they are sons of God“
— Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
„God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Belovèd over all.“
— Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
Sussex http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/verse/p1/sussex.html, Stanza 1 (1902).
„All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.“
— Cecil Frances Alexander British hymn-writer and poet 1818 - 1895
„This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.“
— Isaac Newton, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Context: This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. And if the fixed Stars are the centers of other like systems, these being form'd by the like wise counsel, must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially, since the light of the fixed Stars is of the same nature with the light of the Sun, and from every system light passes into all the other systems. And lest the systems of the fixed Stars should, by their gravity, fall on each other mutually, he hath placed those Systems at immense distances one from another.
„I say more, the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —
Christ — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.“
— Gerard Manley Hopkins English poet 1844 - 1889
Context: I say more, the just man justices; Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces; Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is — Christ — for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men's faces. "As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame" (undated poem, c. March - April 1877)
„And among his hearers were a few good men,
Many who were evil,
And most who were neither,
Like all men in all places.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Context: There came one who spoke of the shame of Jerusalem And the holy places defiled; Peter the Hermit, scourging with words. And among his hearers were a few good men, Many who were evil, And most who were neither, Like all men in all places.
„A life in any sphere that is the expression and outflow of an honest, earnest, loving heart, taking counsel only of God and itself, will be certain to be a life of beneficence in the best possible direction.“
— Josiah Gilbert Holland Novelist, poet, editor 1819 - 1881
„I pray you all for God’s sake, and counsel you for your own profit, that ye leave the beholding of a poor creature that it was shewed to, and mightily, wisely, and meekly behold God that of His courteous love and endless goodness would shew it generally, in comfort of us all. For it is God’s will that ye take it with great joy and pleasance, as if Jesus had shewed it to you all.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
„It is true that all I have ever desired most deeply and what I still most ardently wish is that the great precept of the love of God above all things and of the neighbour as oneself be written in every heart.“
— Marguerite Bourgeoys French colonist and foundress 1620 - 1700
The Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys, p. 187
— Andrés Bonifacio Filipino nationalist and revolutionary 1863 - 1897
Inscription, UST Library, Manila, Philippines, 1 September 2013.