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One should only question gods where none but gods can reply.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 208, selection 5, number 193, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.)
Man invented the gods. Then the gods went off on their own, but not far.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men.
(Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1922," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "Trompettes de Jericho," Comedia (Paris, Jan. 19, 1922).)
Love, the fairest among the undying gods, who loosens the limbs of all gods and men,
conquers resolve and prudent counsel within the breast.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 120.)
There is a moment when god honors falsehood.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 273.)
Whom the gods love dies young.
(Menander (c. 342-c. 291 B.C.), Greek playwright. The Double Deceiver, fragment 25, Menandri Reliquiae Selectae, ed. F.H. Sandbach (1990).)
The gods help them that help themselves.
(Aesop (6th century B.C.), Greek fabulist. Fables, "Hercules and the Wagoner.")
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The gods thought otherwise.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneid, bk. 2, l. 428 (19 B.C.).)
God and nature do nothing in vain.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics, bk. 1, ch. 2. De Caelo, book 1, chapter 4.
One expression of the author's thoroughgoing teleological outlook.)
People invent gods to explain their suffering.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)