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Wow," Thalia muttered. "Apollo is hot."
"He's the sun god," I said.
"That's not what I meant.

The Titan's Curse

Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse
Apollo    Gods    Hot    Olympians    Percy jackson    Sun    Thalia

She glared at me like she was about to punch me, but then she did something that surprised me even more. She kissed me.
"Be careful seaweed brain." She said putting on her invisible cap and disappearing.
I probably would have sat there all day, trying to remember my name, but then the sea demons came.

Demons    God    Gods    Greek    Kiss

If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards!

The Color of Magic

Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
Gods    Humour    Religion    Stupidity

I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.

Babylon    Belief    Burden of proof    Christian god    Egyptian    Fiction    Gods    Hypothesis    Knowledge    Olympus    Probability    Proof    Rational    Reason    Santa    Satan    Superstition

Oh no." I said panic rising in my chest. "No, no, no, Somebody get a can opener. I've got a god in my head!!

The Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid

Very well! It shall be as you say. But my son, pray this works.
I am praying. I'm talking to you, right?
Oh...yes. Good point. Amphitrite - incoming!

The Last Olympian

Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian
Gods    Percy    Poseidon    Pray

I still don't understand what a sea god would be doing in Atlanta."
Leo snorted. "What's a wine god doing in Kansas? Gods are weird.

Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods
Belief    Gods    Ideas

... It's perfect! Locke would appreciate it."
"Bug," Calo said, "Locke is our brother and our love for him knows no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are 'Locke would appreciate it.'"
"Rivalled only by 'Locke taught me a new trick,'" added Galo.
"The only person who gets away with Locke Lamora games ..."
"... is Locke ..."
"... because we think the gods are saving him up for a really big death. Something with knives and hot irons ..."
"... and fifty thousand cheering spectators.

Danger    Death    Gods    Humour

In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Bhagavad gita    Brahma    Ganges    Gods    Hinduism    Indra    Intellect    Philosophy    Priest    Respect    Reverence    Sacred    Spiritual    Vishnu

I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.

Frost and Fire

Robert Zelazny Robert Sheckley

Frost and Fire
Death    Gods    Mythology    Suicide

Aretmis gripped her bow. Let us pray I am wrong.
Can goddesses pray?

The Titan's Curse

Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse

Aretmis gripped her bow. “Let us pray I am wrong.”
Can goddesses pray?

Apollo?” I guessed…
He put a finger to his lips. “I’m incognito. Call me Fred.”
A god named Fred?

Apollo? I guessed…
He put a finger to his lips. I’m incognito. Call me Fred.
A god named Fred?

The Titan's Curse

Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse

The first men to be created and formed were called the Sorcerer of Fatal Laughter, the Sorcerer of Night, Unkempt, and the Black Sorcerer … They were endowed with intelligence, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. When they looked, instantly they saw all that is around them, and they contemplated in turn the arc of heaven and the round face of the earth … [Then the Creator said]: 'They know all … what shall we do with them now? Let their sight reach only to that which is near; let them see only a little of the face of the earth!… Are they not by nature simple creatures of our making? Must they also be gods?

Popol Vuh

Anonymous

Popol Vuh
Creation    Creation myth    Earth    Gods    Heaven    Intelligence    Knowledge    Sight

It sounds like a fairy-tale, but not only that; this story of what man by his science and practical inventions has achieved on this earth, where he first appeared as a weakly member of the animal kingdom, and on which each individual of his species must ever again appear as a helpless infant... is a direct fulfilment of all, or of most, of the dearest wishes in his fairy-tales. All these possessions he has acquired through culture. Long ago he formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these gods. One may say, therefore, that these gods were the ideals of his culture. Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself. But only, it is true, in the way that ideals are usually realized in the general experience of humanity. Not completely; in some respects not at all, in others only by halves. Man has become a god by means of artificial limbs, so to speak, quite magnificent when equipped with all his accessory organs; but they do not grow on him and they still give him trouble at times... Future ages will produce further great advances in this realm of culture, probably inconceivable now, and will increase man's likeness to a god still more.

Culture    Desire    Fairy tale    Forbidden    Fulfillment    Future    Gods    Humanity    Mankind    Omnipotence    Omniscience    Prediction    Science    Wish

Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.

Witches Abroad

Terry Pratchett

Witches Abroad

All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.

Blood    Cruelty    Fear    Gods    Religion    Suffering

We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

Cruelty    Gods    Hubris    Humanity

Did someone just call me the wine dude?” he asked in a lazy drawl. “It’s Bacchus, please. Or Mr. Bacchus. Or Lord Bacchus. Or, sometimes, Oh-My-Gods-Please-Don’t-Kill-Me, Lord Bacchus.

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

That’s us, he said. Those five nuts right there.
Which one is me? I asked.
The little deformed one, Zoe suggested.
Oh, shut up.

The Titan's Curse

Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse
Funny    Gods    Grover    Percy jackson    Zoe

That’s us,” he said. “Those five nuts right there.”
Which one is me?” I asked.
The little deformed one,” Zoe suggested.
Oh, shut up.

Funny    Gods    Grover    Percy jackson    Zoe

On the Disc, the Gods aren't so much worshipped, as they are blamed.

The Color of Magic

Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic

He’d learned years ago it was better not to dwell too much on who was related to whom on the godly side of things. After Tyson the Cyclops adopted him as a brother, Percy decided that that was about as far as he wanted to extend the family.

The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live-- undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are-- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks-- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.

Never say never, he said urgently, rolling back on top of her and using all of his unusually heavy mass to press her deep into the cocoon of her little girl bed. The gods love to toy with people who use absolutes.

Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed

Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.

Adoration    Astonishment    Authority    Causation    Cause    Foolish    Fools    Gods    Heresy    Heretical    Ignorance    Impious    Interpret    Knowledge    Miracles    Mob    Nature    Philosopher    Piety    Preservation    Stare    The gods    Thinking    Truth    Understanding    Wonder

We need not take refuge in supernatural gods to explain our saints and sages and heroes and statesmen, as if to explain our disbelief that mere unaided human beings could be that good or wise.

Disbelief    Explain    Gods    Good    Heroes    Sages    Statesmen    Supernatural    Superstition    Wisdom    Wise

It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists' houses and smashing their windows.

The Color of Magic

Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic

No it's not!" said Constable Visit. "Atheism is a denial of a god."
"Therefore It Is A Religious Position," said Dorfl. "Indeed, A True Atheist Thinks Of The Gods Constantly, Albeit In Terms of Denial. Therefore, Atheism Is A Form Of Belief. If The Atheist Truly Did Not Believe, He Or She Would Not Bother To Deny.

Feet of Clay

Terry Pratchett

Feet of Clay
Atheism    Atheist    Gods    Religion

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.

The Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell

The Power of Myth

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. It is far better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face the future with a smile. It is far better to give yourself sometimes to negligence, to drift with wave and tide, with the blind force of the world, to think and dream, to forget the chains and limitations of the breathing life, to forget purpose and object, to lounge in the picture gallery of the brain, to feel once more the clasps and kisses of the past, to bring life's morning back, to see again the forms and faces of the dead, to paint fair pictures for the coming years, to forget all Gods, their promises and threats, to feel within your veins life's joyous stream and hear the martial music, the rhythmic beating of your fearless heart. And then to rouse yourself to do all useful things, to reach with thought and deed the ideal in your brain, to give your fancies wing, that they, like chemist bees, may find art's nectar in the weeds of common things, to look with trained and steady eyes for facts, to find the subtle threads that join the distant with the now, to increase knowledge, to take burdens from the weak, to develop the brain, to defend the right, to make a palace for the soul. This is real religion. This is real worship

Burden    Development    Dream    Facts    Fear    Feeling    Free    Future    Gods    Heart    Inspirational    Joy    Knowledge    Purpose    Reform    Slavery    Thought    Threat    Weak    Worship

I'm telling you, you really should stick to mating within your species, whatever that is.'
'I would,' I said, 'but unfortunately, there are no gorgeous, all-powerful, all-knowing gods around here. I'd even settle for a demigod. It's a step down, I know. But alas, there are nothing but low-brained mortals here. And half-brains, like you.

Gods    Humor    Sarcasm

God is not a granter of wishes. God is a ruthless bitch.

I don't hold with paddlin' with the occult," said Granny firmly. "Once you start paddlin' with the occult you start believing in spirits, and when you start believing in spirits you start believing in demons, and then before you know where you are you're believing in gods. And then you're in trouble."
"But all them things exist," said Nanny Ogg.
"That's no call to go around believing in them. It only encourages 'em.

Lords and Ladies

Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies
Belief    Gods    Occult

Study, along the lines which the theologies have mapped, will never lead us to discovery of the fundamental facts of our existence. That goal must be attained by means of exact science and can only be achieved by such means. The fact that man, for ages, has superstitiously believed in what he calls a God does not prove at all that his theory has been right. There have been many gods – all makeshifts, born of inability to fathom the deep fundamental truth. There must be something at the bottom of existence, and man, in ignorance, being unable to discover what it is through reason, because his reason has been so imperfect, undeveloped, has used, instead, imagination, and created figments, of one kind or another, which, according to the country he was born in, the suggestions of his environment, satisfied him for the time being. Not one of all the gods of all the various theologies has ever really been proved. We accept no ordinary scientific fact without the final proof; why should we, then, be satisfied in this most mighty of all matters, with a mere theory?
Destruction of false theories will not decrease the sum of human happiness in future, any more than it has in the past... The days of miracles have passed. I do not believe, of course, that there was ever any day of actual miracles. I cannot understand that there were ever any miracles at all. My guide must be my reason, and at thought of miracles my reason is rebellious. Personally, I do not believe that Christ laid claim to doing miracles, or asserted that he had miraculous power...
Our intelligence is the aggregate intelligence of the cells which make us up. There is no soul, distinct from mind, and what we speak of as the mind is just the aggregate intelligence of cells. It is fallacious to declare that we have souls apart from animal intelligence, apart from brains. It is the brain that keeps us going. There is nothing beyond that.
Life goes on endlessly, but no more in human beings than in other animals, or, for that matter, than in vegetables. Life, collectively, must be immortal, human beings, individually, cannot be, as I see it, for they are not the individuals – they are mere aggregates of cells.
There is no supernatural. We are continually learning new things. There are powers within us which have not yet been developed and they will develop. We shall learn things of ourselves, which will be full of wonders, but none of them will be beyond the natural.
[
Columbian Magazine interview
]

Destruction    Falsehood    Gods    Immortality    Inspirational    Makeshift    Miracles    Naturalism    Reason    Satisfaction    Science    Soul    Study    Superstitious    Theology    Theory    Truth    Wonder

My atheism, like that of
Spinoza
, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.

We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.

Beauty    Elves    Gods    Nature    Nymphs

The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.

Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed

I felt ashamed."
"But of what? Psyche, they hadn't stripped you naked or anything?"
"No, no, Maia. Ashamed of looking like a mortal -- of being a mortal."
"But how could you help that?"
"Don't you think the things people are most ashamed of are things they can't help?

Gods    Shame

I felt ashamed."

"But of what? Psyche, they hadn't stripped you naked or anything?"

"No, no, Maia. Ashamed of looking like a mortal -- of being a mortal."

"But how could you help that?"

"Don't you think the things people are most ashamed of are things they can't help?

Gods    Shame

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the god, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.

Atheism    Dreams    God    Gods

Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me — the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love — He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us — nature did it all — not the gods of the religions.
[
October 2, 1910, interview in the NY Times Magazine
]

Atheism    Contradiction    Fable    Gods    Loving    Merciful    Nature    Superstition

From too much love of living
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.
Then star nor sun shall waken,
Nor any change of light:
Nor sound of waters shaken,
Nor any sound or sight:
Nor wintry leaves nor vernal,
Nor days nor things diurnal;
Only the sleep eternal
In an eternal night.

The Garden of Proserpine

Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Garden of Proserpine
Death    End    Gods    Life    Love

Nico di Angelo came into Olympus to a hero's welcome, his father right behind him, despite the fact that Hades was only supposed to visit Olympus in winter solstice. The God of the dead looked stunned when his relatives clapped him on the back. I doubt he'd ever got such an enthusiastic welcome before.

Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.

Deities    Deity    Disguise    Divine    Divine self    Divinity    Divinity within    Fool    God    Godlike    Godliness    Godly    Godly reference    Gods    Higher self    Man

Man is not defiled by his impurities. It is the other man pointing out his impurities to him, whom he is defiled by. Is there anything anyone can do, to become righteous, anyway? God made us impure. If he had a problem with that, He would have made us gods, instead.

It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all - but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

Earth    Gods    Human    Humanity    Nature

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