Galileo Galilei - "I am inclined to think that the authority of Holy Scripture is intended to convince men of those truths which are necessary for their salvation, which, being far above man's understanding, can not be made credible by any learning, or any other means than revelation by the Holy Spirit."
George Bancroft - "Puritanism had exalted the laity... For him the wonderful counsels of the Almighty had appointed a Saviour; for him the laws of nature had been compelled and consulted, the heavens had opened, the earth had quaked, the Sun had veiled his face, and Christ had died and risen again."
George Bernard Shaw - "This is the true joy of life; the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature, instead of a feverish selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
George Hanson - "The simple faith of the Christian who believes in the Resurrection is nothing compared to the credulity of the sceptic who will accept the wildest and most improbable romances rather than admit the plain witness of historical certainties. The difficulties of belief may be great; the absurdities of unbelief are greater."
George MacDonald - "Where did you come from, Baby dear?
Out of the everywhere into here.
Where did you get your eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.
What makes the light in them sparkle and spin?
Some of the starry spikes left in.
Where did you get that little tear?
I found it waiting when I got here.
What makes your forehead so smooth and high?
A soft hand stroked it as I went by.
What makes your cheek like a warm white rose?
I saw something better than anyone knows.
Whence that three-corner'd smile of bliss?
Three angels gave me at once a kiss.
Where did you get this pearly ear?
God spoke, and it came out to hear.
Where did you get those arms and hands?
Love made itself into hooks and bands.
Feet, whence did you come, you darling things?
From the same box as the cherub's wings.
How did they all come just to be you?
God thought of me, and so I grew.
But how did you come to us, you dear?
God thought of you, and so I am here."
George Santayana - "Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."
George Santayana - "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Washington - "... happily the Government of the United States... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."
George Washington - "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
George Washington - "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have been advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency
George Washington - "of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable support."
George Washington - "The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this (the course of the war) that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more wicked that has not gratitude to acknowledge his obligations; but it will be time enough for me to turn Preacher when my present appointment ceases"
George Washington - "We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself have ordained."
George Washington - "While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal instances of Providential goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good."
George Washington Carver - "Years ago I went into my laboratory and said, "Dear Mr. Creator, please tell me what the universe was made for?" The Great Creator answered, "You want to know too much for that little mind of yours. Ask for something more your size, little man." Then I asked. "Please Mr. Creator, tell me what man was made for?" Again the Great Creator replied, "You are still asking too much. Cut down on the extent and improve your intent." So then I asked, "Please, Mr. Creator, will you tell me why the peanut was made?" "That's better, but even then it's infinite. What do you want to know about the peanut?" "Mr. Creator, can I make milk out of the peanut?" "What kind of milk do you want? Good Jersey milk or just plain boarding house milk?" "Good Jersey milk." And then the Great Creator taught me to take the peanut apart and put it together again. And out of the process have come forth all these products!"
George Whitefield - "As God can send a nation or people no greater blessing, than to give them faithful, sincere, and upright ministers; so the greatest curse that God can possibly send upon a people in this world, is to give them over to blind, unregenerate, carnal, lukewarm, and unskillful guides."
George Whitefield - "Come away, my dear brethren, fly, fly, fly for your lives to Jesus Christ; fly to a bleeding God, fly to a throne of grace; and beg of God to break your heart; beg of God to convince you of your actual sins; beg of God to convince you of your original sin; beg of God to convince you of your self-righteousness; beg of God to give you faith, and to enable you to close with Jesus Christ."
George Whitefield - "If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation; how many hells, my friends, do every one of us deserve, whose lives have been one continual rebellion against God?"
George Whitefield - "Know, by sad experience, what it is to be lulled to sleep with a false peace. Long was I lulled asleep; long did I think myself a Christian, when I knew nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Gerard Rudolph Ford - "Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first - the most basic - expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be."
Gigi Graham Tchividjian - "A fish is free as long as it stays in the water. If it suddenly declares that it wants its freedom to fly in the air like a bird, disaster occurs. A train is free as long as it stays on the track. However, if it demands freedom to take off down a major highway, the result is destruction and devastation. We too can only experience true freedom in its fullest if we remain within the framework of freedom. Often this requires accepting responsibility and practicing discipline."
Gigi Graham Tchividjian - "Whether your gift is mighty or humble, whether you exercise it in the marketplace or at the podium, in the executive suite or in the schoolroom, in the office or at home, your main task or gift or ministry is to be a light in a dark world."
G. K. Chesterton - "All denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern [skeptic] doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it. Thus he writes one book complaining that imperial oppression insults the purity of women, and the writes another book... in which he insults it himself... As a politician, he will cry out that war is a waste of life, and then as a philosopher, that all life is waste of time. A Russian pessimist will denounce a policeman for killing a peasant, and then prove by the highest philosophical principles that the peasant ought to have killed himself. A man denounces marriage as a lie and then denounces aristocratic profligates for treating it as a lie... The man of this school goes first to a political meeting where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts; then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes to a scientific meeting, where he proves that they practically are beasts. In short, the modern revolutionist, being an infinite skeptic, is forever engaged in undermining his own mines. In his book on politics he attacks men for trampling on morality; in his book on ethics he attacks morality for trampling on men. Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt. By rebelling against everything he has lost his right to rebel against anything."
G. K. Chesterton - Courage is almost a contradictory term. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. 'He that will lose his life, the same shall take it.' is not a piece of mysticism
G. K. Chesterton - "Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
G. K. Chesterton - "I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that ,while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid."
G. K. Chesterton - "Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness come from being weary of pleasure."
G. K. Chesterton - "Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth is to shut it again on something solid."
G. K. Chesterton - "People havae fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There was never anything so perilous or exciting...It was sanity: and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad."
G. K. Chesterton - "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."
G. K. Chesterton - "The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful about those particular things which nobody can boast of without losing them."
G. K. Chesterton - "The triangle of truism, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it."
G. K. Chesterton - "When people stop believing in the truth, they don't believe in nothing, they believe in anything."
Gordon Dalbey - "As they prayed, [the pastor] on impulse invited the man to recall the dream, even in all its fear. Hesitantly, the man agreed , and soon reported that indeed, the lion was in sight and headed his way. [The Pastor] then instructed the man, 'When the lion comes close to you, try not to run away, but instead, stand there and ask him who or what he is, and what he is doing in your life...can you try that?' Shifting uneasily in his chair, the man agreed, then reported what was happening. 'The lion is snorting and shaking his head, standing right there in front of me... I ask him who he is... and - Oh! I can't believe what he's saying! He says, 'I'm your courage and your strength. Why are you running away from me?''"
Gouverneur Morris - "Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God."