gods, God, god Quotes

god is to everything what music is to sound.

pk quotes are in this blue.

Note throughout pk’s “god” references his distinction between “God,” the proprietary brandname, and god, a personalizing symbol of order.
The universe of the conventional religious and the universe of the atheist is not the same universe: pk’s universe and the literalist’s universe are no less dissimilar.

What a fake God is doing doesn’t limit what a real god can do.

Men hate the gods. The only reason we worship any of them is because we fear worse.

Philip of Macedon (Alexander)

God is dead: long live god.

Why did you choose to love a god? I think you’ll find the romance one sided.

Achilles (to an abducted priestess)

Christians have no right to be pragmatic.

Without a god, life is only a matter of opinion.

Douglas Adams

God is dead: And we killed him.

To make God laugh, tell him your plans.

Amores Perros

god is always a meta-reference.

If God existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.

Mikhail Bakunin

I know that God doesn’t exist
(not in the form the churches worship)
because he himself told me so!

I won’t ask God for anything; except reckoning.


In the inevitable long-run “fight” between God, the-Magician-Creator, the jealous and vengeful owner of the universe, and god the-truth, god-the-way-of-things, who will win? Why god-the-way-of-things of course.

If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it’s taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about His power. His fairness. His very existence.

Brin, Glory Season

Can a false church get you into a true heaven?

God doesn’t need to be spoken to… he needs to be heard.


God can communicate with humans only where what God has to say coincides with what humans are willing to hear.

I think God is always talking, but we’re never or rarely listening.


God would weep if he had any tears.

Love is a two edged sword … I think Jesus was saying that we should use it defensively, and not offensively.


Satan is God’s prophylactic glove: so God doesn’t have to touch diseased souls with his bare hands.

The difference between theism and non-theism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us … From this point of view, theism is an addiction. We’re all addicted to hope … Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves … In a non-theistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning.

Pema Chodron

God isn’t allowed to learn anything from experience.

There is no greater joy than knowing there is no help coming. The decision is ours to make alone.

Lords of the Bow

Are promises made to God binding? once you no longer mean the same thing by God? They are if you really made them to yourself (so long as your self is bred from the actual universe).

If he is being led, then what god is doing the leading?

JM Coetzee

The Band of Brothers look up to their fake God, and look down on the real god.

May the best God win.


Could God have sent Jesus to a society that didn’t have capital punishment? We owe salvation to being unworthy of it.

I was dreaming about God. … Perhaps he’s our dream, and we’re his.

Empire of the Sun

Even if the universe were created (and certain irreducible complexities certainly seem to have been designed), it does not follow that the creation cannot be wiser than the creator (except in the old simple-minded models).

But in public who shall express the unseen adequately? It is private life that hold out the mirror to infinity.

Forster, Howards End

God’s messages come from the stable, not the cathedral.

I like gods. I like them very much. I know exactly how they feel.

Godard, Contempt

god is whatever’s what about whatever is.
What we can conceive of god is
whatever is just slightly over the horizon.

Now it’s no longer the presence of God, but the absence of God, that reassures man.

Godard, Contempt

God is the scarecrow wielded by the kleptocrat. Therefore, there is no God. Therefore, there is no god. Therefore, there is no truth. Therefore, there is no environmental check on inefficiency, stupidity, dishonesty …

It seemed to him for a moment that God was too accessible. There was no difficulty in approaching Him. Like a popular demagogue He was open to the least of his followers at any hour. Looking up at the cross he though, He even suffers in public.

Graham Greene

god is a symbol (a black box) for what we have no satisfactory explanation for.
God, capital G, is a synecdoche (a misdirection too)
for the culture at largeCapital G God is an inversion: the culture says that God controls it but of course the truth is the reverse: if God doesn’t precisely reflect the culture, it will take a revolution for one divine word to get in edgewise.

I believe in the bitch-goddess Irony. She crosses all time. She rules man and gods and God alike.


God may be infinite: there could still be even greater infinities that God is deaf, blind, and dumb to.
The greatest genius is stupid about more things than she’s smart about.
god now, god spans all infinities.

Deep in the foundations of wrong [God] buries the small despised cry of justice.


Picture Jesus showing Rachel the crown of thorns: but heaven help him if he drips any blood onto her cashmere.

God is not in a hurry, … man is.


god is a principle more than a principal.

Note that I’m alternating quotes by others with pk quotes in pk blue. When I quote a particular author a few times in a row, say Catfarmer or Kazantzakis, it may seem to a newcomer that I’m alternating Kazantzakis in black with Kazantzakis in blue. No: that blue denotes pk, without ambiguity.

God replies every time we question him, but our flesh is bemired and almost deaf: we do not hear.


god doesn’t owe me any reward. god has already paid me. god paid me in advance.

Beware of men to take their orders from the gods.

The Last Kingdom

God is worshipped indoors, with the windows shut, so the monos won’t heard the host of gods laughing.

God dropped a church roof on thirty-five of his worshipers in Texas Wednesday night — just as they were groveling through a hymn. Don’t you think that felt good?

Hannibal Lecter

To know ourselves, we must study to know god.

If he’s not perfect, neither are we.

Malamud, The Fixer

God’s revenge on man is to put s’him in hell
Man’s revenge on God is not to notice.

Do you think God will forgive us for what we’ve done?
Me neither.

Washington & Walken in Man on Fire

God (uppercase) is the god who agrees to be fooled by the particular culture of the symbol user.

(Adam, Eve … Rebekah, Jacob … can fool God; Ra, Mithras, Odin … can’t.
And pk doesn’t want to.)
Why is God making me suffer so much? Just because I don’t believe in him?

Sidney Morgenbesser

We killed God: and still kill him. We railroaded Jesus: and still railroad his brothers. But it’s OK: we lit a candle.

God is a comedian performing before an audience that is too frightened to laugh.


A priest has about as much to do with god as Coke has to do with Thoreau.

God is dead.


Nietzsche is dead.

I saw that one as graffiti on the subway: Broadway and 116th, Columbia

Proof positive that the gods are mythical and not actual is that Diana is still a virgin after millennia.

I am not afraid of suffering because God will be with me. I know how to suffer.


Jesus failed, but Christ may yet succeed. It’s entirely up to us.

I’m not a big believer in God, but if God manifested itself in front of me, I’d probably be scared.

Fernando Orellana

God helps man by putting what man needs where man will steal it.

Now, I don’t really expect you to sit still while I explain number theory to you. I am not sure if I could even answer the question if you were to ask me if it mattered at all. One answer would be, “Of course not.” The best answer would be that it has the same importance as God has. Either it is of transcendental concern or it doesn’t matter at all, and which it is to you depends on you.

Frederik Pohl

pk expects God to take revenge for him. If not God, then nature, god, truth …
If not even truth does, then I’m just shit out of luck.

There could not be such evil as I have seen without a God.

A Red Death

What God is is none of our affair.

God will forgive you. Don’t forgive yourself.

Theophanes the Greek, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev

The more kleptocratic the culture, the more omnipotent their god will be.
Certainty is an eidolon of kleptocracy.

There is no God; and Mary is His mother.

(attributed to)
George Santayana

“God” is our name, in English, for an entity we conceive of which is capable of “knowing” something we call “the truth.”
“Truth: is our word, in English, for a quality that neither you nor I are reliable about, but that we theorize “God” will be absolutely reliable about.
I can live without God; but not without truth.

God may forgive you your sins, but your nervous system won’t.


I’ve never doubted god; it’s the church I don’t believe in.

If there’s no God then there’s no heaven and if there’s no heaven … then where’s Scout?

Simmons, LoveDeath

Not: There is no God; Rather: You’ve got god all wrong.

The truth wears longer than all the gods; for it is only in the truth’s service, and for love of it, that people have overthrown the gods and at last God himself. “The truth” outlasts the downfall of the world of gods, for it is the immortal soul of this transitory world of gods; it is Deity itself.

Max Stirner

People believe that superstition, the right ritual, will give them the magic to control the god who controls their luck. No number of stories, no plots illustrating the opposite, can affect that belief. People’s beliefs are connected neither to experience nor to literature. Politicians join God in understanding this. No matter what you do to people, people will still believe that they’ve got pie coming: and that they’re doing their best magic to make it come.

No God, no country, no ‘society.’
Just people and things, and people one by one.

Stone Canal

There doesn’t have to be any bogeyman in the clouds: or on the other side of the two-way mirror; all there has to be is a real universe: one not party to our deceptions.

And then, when he talks about God, you tell him nothing.

Andrei Tarkovsky

God will forgive you; don’t you forgive yourself.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev

We use God in lots of ways. A few Christians let God tell them to turn the other cheek; but the team of Christians use God as a misdirection: like the false arm in the real sling. People spouting morality are the dummy arm; the real arm is out grabbing.

God is a symbol of God.


With regard to the God of magic, I am an atheist: with regard to the god of order, I am a believer.

[The gods have] no duty to us, only we to them.

The Winter King

Any named god, Jehovah, for example, is necessarily an enemy of godn, godn+1

Multiple gods, each with his own agenda, is bedlam.

If god doesn’t damn us, the truth will.

The infinity of gods who do exist is dwarfed by the infinity of gods who don’t exist.

God is the testimony that the universe will give
After the kleptocracies have prevented you from testifying.

Misunderstanding the divine The gods often mumble. Penelopiad

Many of these could be in other collections: religion quotes, Christianity quotes …

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About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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