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Nihil ita sublime est, supraque pericula tendit Non sit ut inferius suppositumque deo.
Nothing is so high and above all danger that is not below and in the power of God. OVID—Tristium. IV. 8. 47.
2 Fear God. Honour the King.
I Peter. II. 17.
I fear God, dear Abner, and I have no other fear.
RACINE-Athalie. Act I. Sc. 1. (See also FORDYCE, SMYTH, also BISMARCK under
There is no respect of persons
with God. Romans. II. 11. Acts X. 34.
19 Fear of God before their eyes.
Romans. III. 18.
20 If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans. VIII. 31.
21 Give us a God-a living God,
One to wake the sleeping soul, One to cleanse the tainted blood
Whose pulses in our bosoms roll.
C. G. ROSENBERG—The Winged Horn. St. 7. We may scavenge the dross of the nation, we may
shudder past bloody sod, But we thrill to the new revelation that we are
parts of God. ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER-New Gods for
Est profecto deus, qui, quæ nos gerimus, auditque et videt.
There is indeed a God that hears and sees whate'er we do. PLAUTUS—Captivi. II. 2. 63.
7 Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 15.
(See also MILTON) Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 99.
To Him no high, no low, no great, no small; He fills, He bounds, connects and equals all!
Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 277.
He mounts the storm, and walks upon the wind. POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 110.
(See also COWPER)
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through nature up to nature's God.
POPE—Essay on Man. Ėp. IV. L. 330.
12 He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, And on the sightless eyeball pour the day.
Es lebt ein Gott zu strafen und zu rächen.
Nihil ab illo [i.e. a Deo) vacat; opus suum ipse implet.
Nothing is void of God; He Himself fills His work. SENECA-De Beneficiis. IV. 8.
Deum non immolationibus et sanguine multo colendum: quæ enim ex trucidatione immerentium voluptas est? sed mente pura, bono honestoque proposito. Non templa illi, congestis in altitudinem saxis, struenda sunt; in suo cuique consecrandus est pectore.
God is not to be worshipped with sacrifices and blood; for what pleasure can He have in the slaughter of the innocent? but with a pure mind, a good and honest purpose. Temples are not to be built for Him with stones piled on high; God is to be consecrated in the breast of each.
SENECA-Fragment. V. 204. God is our fortress, in whose conquering name Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 26.
(See also LUTHER)
God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 24.
And to add greater honours to his age Than man could give him, he died fearing God.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 67.
29 God helps those who help themselves. ALGERNON SIDNEY-Discourse Concerning Gov
ernment. Ch. II. OVID-Metamorphoses. X. 586. PLINY THE ELDER, viewing the Eruption of Vesuvius, Aug., 79. SCHILLER
Thou Great First Cause, least understood.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Psalms. XIX. 1. 15 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms. XXIII. 2.
The divine essence itself is love and wisdom. SWEDENBORG-Divine Love and Wisdom. Par.
God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single lane.
I believe that there is no God, but that matter is God and God is matter; and that it is no matter whether there is any God or no. The Unbeliever's Creed. Connoisseur No. LX, March 28, 1754.
(See also BYRON under MIND) Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma, At sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi.
If ye despise the human race, and mortal arms, yet remember that there is a God who is mindful of right and wrong. VERGIL-Æneid. I. 542.
Ha sotto i piedi il Fato e la Natura.
Under whose feet (subjected to His grace),
At last I heard a voice upon the slope
TENNYSON-Vision of Sin. V.
I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. FRANCIS THOMPSON—The Hound of Heaven.
But I lose Myself in Him, in Light ineffable! Come then, expressive Silence, muse His praise. These, as they change, Almighty Father, these Are but the varied God. The rolling Year Is full of Thee. THOMSON-Hymn. L. 116.
What, but God? Inspiring God! who boundless Spirit all, And unremitting Energy, pervades, Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole.
THOMSON—The Seasons. Spring. L. 849.
Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. VOLTAIRE - Epitre à l'Auteur du Livre des
Trois Imposteurs. CXI. See Euvres Com-
(See also EURIPIDES, TILLOTSON) Je voudrais que vous écrasassiez l'infâme.
I wish that you would crush this infamy. VOLTAIRE to D'ALEMBERT June 23, 1760.
Attributed to VOLTAIRE by ABBÉ BARRUCH -Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacob inism. Generally quoted "Écrasez l'infâme.” A. DE MORGAN contends that the popular idea that it refers to God is incorrect. It refers probably to the Roman Catholic Church, or the traditions in the church.
God on His throne is eldest of poets:
Unto His measures moveth the Whole. WILLIAM WATSON—England my Mother. Pt. II.
The being of God is so comfortable, so convenient, so necessary to the felicity of Mankind, that, (as Tully admirably says) Dii immortales ad usum hominum fabricati pene videantur, if God were not a necessary being of himself, he might almost seem to be made on purpose for the use and benefit of men. ARCHBISHOP TILLOTSON-Works. Sermon 93.
Vol. I. P. 696. (Ed. 1712) Probable
origin of Voltaire's phrase. (See also VOLTAIRE, also MILLAUD under DEATH
and Ovid under Gods.)
The God I know of, I shall ne'er
Know, though he dwells exceeding nigh. Raise thou the stone and find me there,
Cleave thou the wood and there am I. Yea, in my flesh his spirit doth flow, Too near, too far, for me to know. WILLIAM WATSON—The Unknown God. Third
and fourth lines are from "newly discovered sayings of Jesus.” Probably an ancient
Oriental proverb. 20 The Somewhat which we name but cannot know.
Ev'n as we name a star and only see
Its quenchless flashings forth, which ever show
And ever hide him, and which are not he. WILLIAM WATSON–Wordsworth's Grave. I.
God is and all is well.
(See also BROWNING)
Their fronded palms in air;
Beyond His love and care.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night IV. L. 234. By night an atheist half believes a God.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night V. L. 177. A Deity believed, is joy begun; A Deity adored, is joy advanced; A Deity beloved, is joy matured. Each branch of piety delight inspires. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L.
The Graces, three erewhile, are three no more;
Swift's rendering. See MELEAGER OF GADARA, in Anthologia Græca. IX. 16. Vol. II. P. 62. (Ed. 1672)
(See also GREEK ANTHOLOGY) Omnia fanda, nefanda, malo permista furore, Justificam nobis mentem avertere deorum.
The confounding of all right and wrong, in wild fury, has averted from us the gracious favor of the gods. CATULLUS—Carmina. LXIV. 406.
O dii immortales! ubinam gentium sumus?
Ye immortal gods! where in the world are we? CICERO In Catilinam. 1. 4.
Never, believe me,
A God alone can comprehend a God.
Thou, my all!
world! My light in darkness! and my life in death! My boast through time! bliss through eternity! Eternity, too short to speak thy praise! Or fathom thy profound of love to man!
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IV. L. 586.
Though man sits still, and takes his ease,
God is at work on man;
To bless him, if he can.
Creator Venus, genial power of love,
Cupid is a casuist, a mystic, and a cabalist,
All things wait for and divine him,-
And that dismal cry rose slowly
And sank slowly through the air, Full of spirit's melancholy
And eternity's despair!
Pan, Pan is dead!
Nec deus intersit nisi dignus vindice nodus.
Nor let a god come in, unless the difficulty be worthy of such an intervention. HORACE-Ars Poetica. CXCI.
Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
(See also CALLIMACHUS)
(See also LANGLAND under God) There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of
Khatmandu, There's a little marble cross below the town, There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave
of Mad Carew, And the yellow god forever gazes down. J. MILTON HAYES—The Green Eye of the Yellow
Junctæque Nymphis Gratiæ decentes.
And joined with the Nymphs the lovely Graces. HORACE_Carmina. I. 4. 6.
The gods my protectors.
Neque semper arcum
Nor does Apollo keep his bow continually drawn. HORACE_Carmina. II. 10.
The heathen in his blindness
REGINALD HEBER—Missionary Hymn.
Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit,
The more we deny ourselves, the more the gods supply our wants. HORACE—Carmina. III. 16. 21.
Scire, deos quoniam propius contingis, oportet.
Thou oughtest to know, since thou livest near the gods. HORACE-Satires. XXI. 6. 52.
Who hearkens to the gods, the gods give ear. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. I. L. 280. BRYANT'S trans.
The son of Saturn gave The nod with his dark brows. The ambrosial
curls Upon the Sovereign One's immortal head Were shaken, and with them the mighty mount, Olympus trembled. HOMER—Iliad. Bk. I. L. 666. BRYANT'S
Of Pan we sing, the best of leaders Pan,
That leads the Naiads and the Dryads forth; And to their dances more than Hermes can, Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his
worth. BEN JONSON-Pan's Anniversary Hymn.
Shakes his ambrosial curls, and gives the nod, The stamp of fate, and sanction of the god.
HOMER—Iliad. Bk. I. L. 684. POPE's trans.
10 The ox-eyed awful Juno. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. III. L. 144, also Bk. VII.
L. 10; Bk. XVIII. L. 40.
Nam pro jucundis aptissima quæque dabunt di, Carior est illis homo quam sibi.
For the gods, instead of what is most pleasing, will give what is most proper. Man is dearer to them than he is to himself. JUVENALSatires. X. 349.
Yet verily these issues lie on the lap of the gods. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XVII. 514. Odyssey. I.
267. BUTCHER and LANG's trans. That lies in the laps of the gods. (Nearest to the original, which is “in” not "on.") Other
translations are: But these things in the God's Knees are repos’d. And yet the period of these designes, lye in the
Knees of Gods. It lies in the lap of the Norns. (Fates.] From
To that large utterance of the early gods!
KEATS—Hyperion. Bk. I. High in the home of the summers, the seats of
the happy immortals, Shrouded in knee deep blaze, unapproachable;
there ever youthful Hebé, Harmonié, and the daughter of Jove,
Aphrodité, Whirled in the white-linked dance, with the gold
crowned Hours and Graces. CHARLES KINGSLEY--Andromeda. Le trident de Neptune est le sceptre du monde.
The trident of Neptune is the sceptre of the world. LEMIERRE.
Le seigneur Jupiter sait dorer la pilule.
My lord Jupiter knows how to gild the pill.
Hoeder, the blind old god
LONGFELLOW-Tegner's Drapa. St. 6.
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. MONTAIGNE-Apology for Raimond Sebond.
Bk. II. Ch. XII.
To be a god
We are what we create.
In War and Laughter.
Estne Dei sedes nisi terra, et pontus, et aer, Expedit esse deos: et, ut expedit, esse putemus. Et ccelum, et virtus? Superos quid quærimus It is expedient there should be gods, and as ultra?
it is expedient, let us believe them to exist. Jupiter est, quodcunque vides, quodcunque mo
OVID-Ars Amatoria. Bk. I. L. 637. Acveris.
cording to TERTULLIAN-Ad Nationes. Bk. Has God any habitation except earth, and II. Ch. 2, DIOGENES said, “I do not know, sea, and air, and heaven, and virtue? Why do
only there ought to be gods.” we seek the highest beyond these? Jupiter is
(See also TILLOTSON under God) wheresoever you look, wheresoever you move. LUCANUS-Pharsalia. Bk. IX. 578.
Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo 4 4
Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua. A boy of five years old serene and gay,
Let the crowd delight in things of no value; Unpitying Hades hurried me away.
to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister Yet weep not for Callimachus: if few
full cups from the Castalian spring (the founThe days I lived, few were my sorrows too.
tain of Parnassus). LUCIAN—In Greek Anthology.
OVID—Amorum. Bk. I. 15. 35.
Motto on title-page of Shakespeare's "Venus Apparet divom numen, sedesque quietæ;
and Adonis." Another reading: "Castaliæ Quas neque concutiunt ventei, nec nubila nim
aquæ,” of the Castalian spring. beis. Aspergunt, neque nix acri concreta pruina The god we now behold with opened eyes, Cana cadens violat; semper sine nubibus æther A herd of spotted panthers round him lies Integer, et large diffuso lumine ridet.
In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread The gods and their tranquil abodes appear,
On his fair brows, and dangle on his head. which no winds disturb, nor clouds bedew with
OVID-Metamorphoses. Bk. III. L. 789. ADshowers, nor does the white snow, hardened by
Even the gods love jokes.
No wonder Cupid is a murderous boy;
MELEAGER—In Greek Anthology.
The Graces sought some holy ground,
Whose sight should ever please;
Deus ex machina.
A god from a machine (artificial or mechan-
LUCAN —Hermo. PLATO — Bratylus. 425.
Who knows not Circe,
MOTON—Comus. L. 50.
Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.
The gods play games with men as balls.
(See also KING LEAR)
The gods give that man some profit to whom
In wondrous ways do the gods make sport
Act II. (See also KING LEAR)
That moly That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.
MILTON—Comus. L. 637.