Quotations About / On:
We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what they call their gods, we name otherwise.
(Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Gods," no. 299, Adam (1962).)
Power makes gods. Virtue makes martyrs.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
The gods attend to great matters, they neglect small ones.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. II, 167.)
The gods help them that help themselves.
(Aesop (6th century B.C.), Greek fabulist. Fables, "Hercules and the Wagoner.")
More quotations from:
The saying goes that the gods leave a town once it is captured.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 217.)
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).)
Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never.
(Hans Richter (1843-1916), German conductor. Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 12, Leon Harris (1964).
spoken to the second flute in the Covent Garden orchestra; quoted by British MP J.E.S. Simon in the House of Commons, Feb. 13, 1958.)
Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Amram, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 2, J.B. Lippincott (1939).)