— Angus Wilson british author 1913 - 1991
The Wild Garden (London: Secker & Warburg, 1963) p. 149.
— Karl Barth, libro Church Dogmatics
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Paraphrased variant: Man can certainly flee from God... but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God … but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate.
Quoted in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1998) by James Beasley Simpson.
Church Dogmatics (1932–1968)
Contexto: Man can certainly keep on lying (and he does so); but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel (he does so); but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God. He can certainly flee from God (he does so); but he cannot escape Him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God (he does and is so); but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in His hate. He can certainly give himself to isolation (he does so — he thinks, wills and behaves godlessly, and is godless); but even in his isolation he must demonstrate that which he wishes to controvert — the impossibility of playing the "individual" over against God. He may let go of God, but God does not let go of him.
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
This expression originates with a statement of Kotzker Rebbe, who, when he was five years old asked his father "Where is God?" to which his father answered: "God is everywhere!" Rebbe then responded "No, I think God is only where you let Him in." As quoted in Innerspace : Introduction to Kabbalah, Meditation and Prophecy (1990), by Aryeh Kaplan, p. 160.
— George Sand, libro Métella
La vie ressemble plus souvent à un roman qu'un roman ne ressemble à la vie.
Metella, ch. 1 (1833); Robert J. Ackerman Perfect Daughters (Deerfield Beach, Fla.: HCI, 2002) p. 31
„All I ask for the negro is that if you not like him, let him alone. If God gave him but little let him enjoy.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Speech in Springfield, Illinois https://cwcrossroads.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/race-and-slavery-north-and-south-some-logical-fallacies/#comment-47553 (17 July 1858)
„Jesus has given me eternal life in Him. Let them take my life here, but God holds me in the palm of His hand and no one can take Him from me.“
— Francine Rivers, libro An Echo in the Darkness
Fuente: An Echo in the Darkness
— Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Polish rabbi 1787 - 1859
As quoted in Innerspace : Introduction to Kabbalah, Meditation and Prophecy (1990), by Aryeh Kaplan, p. 160; This expression is said to have originated when he was five years old and asked his father "Where is God?" to which his father answered: "God is everywhere!" Rebbe then responded "No, I think God is only where you let Him in."
Where is God to be found? In the place where He is given entry.
As quoted in The Sayings of Menahem Mendel of Kotsk (1995) by Simcha Raz and Edward Levin, p. 10
God is where you let Him in.
As quoted in Everyday Kabbalah: A Practical Guide to Jewish Meditation, Healing, and Personal Growth (1998)
„One of the pleasures of writing novels is that my characters usually do something. But in real life we often stay locked in a situation that we know is painful or wrong.“
— John Twelve Hawks American writer
Against Authority: Freedom and the Rise of Surveillance States (2014)
„The whole idea of interviews is in itself absurd – one cannot answer deep questions about what one's life was like – one writes novels about it.“
— Anthony Powell English novelist 1905 - 2000
The Times, May 15, 1986.
„Some must be great. Great offices will have
Great talents. And God gives to every man
The virtue, temper, understanding, taste,
That lifts him into life, and lets him fall
Just in the niche he was ordain'd to fill.“
— William Cowper, The Task
Fuente: The Task (1785), Book IV, The Winter Evening, Line 788.
„On the whole, ought I not to rejoice that God was pleased to give me such a father; that from earliest years I had the example of a real man of God's own making continually before me? Let me learn of him. Let me write my books as he built his houses, and walk as blamelessly through this shadow world; if God so will, to rejoin him at last. Amen.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1880s, Reminiscences (1881)
„The novel is the one bright book of life. Books are not life. They are only tremulations on the ether. But the novel as a tremulation can make the whole man alive tremble.“
— D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930
„Life is sometimes novel-shaped, mocking the efforts of those authors who, in an effort to make their novels life-shaped, spurn the easy symmetry and cheap resonance of reality.“
— Stephen Fry, libro Moab Is My Washpot
Fuente: Moab Is My Washpot
„I have tried to write Paradise
Do not move
Let the wind speak.
that is paradise.
Let the Gods forgive what I
Let those I love try to forgive
what I have made.“
— Ezra Pound, The Cantos
Canto CXX (the concluding Canto of the 1975 edition of The Cantos')
— Julian Barnes, libro Flaubert's Parrot
Fuente: Flaubert's Parrot
„Moral philosophy is very largely a branch of fiction. Despite this, a philosopher has yet to write a great novel. The fact should not be surprising. In philosophy the truth about human life is of no interest.“
— John Gray, libro Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
The Vices of Morality: Immoral Amorality (p. 109)
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (2002)