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When you come to the edge of all
that you know, you must believe one
of two things: either there will be
ground to stand on, or you will be
given wings to fly.

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Category: Fantasy

Bonnie, believe in me. I’ll
save you. I remember how
to fly.

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Category: God

Let me tell you about love, that
silly word you believe is about
whether you like somebody or
whether somebody likes you or
whether you can put up with
somebody in order to get something
or someplace you want or you
believe it has to do with how your
body responds to another body like
robins or bison or maybe you
believe love is how forces or
nature or luck is benign to you in
particular not maiming or killing
you but if so doing it for your own
good. Love is none of that. There
is nothing in nature like it. Not
in robins or bison or in the
banging tails of your hunting dogs
and not in blossoms or suckling
foal. Love is divine only and
difficult always. If you think it
is easy you are a fool. If you
think it is natural you are blind.
It is a learned application without
reason or motive except that it is
God. You do not deserve love
regardless of the suffering you
have endured. You do not deserve
love because somebody did you
wrong. You do not deserve love just
because you want it. You can only
earn - by practice and careful
contemplations - the right to
express it and you have to learn
how to accept it. Which is to say
you have to earn God. You have to
practice God. You have to think
God-carefully. And if you are a
good and diligent student you may
secure the right to show love. Love
is not a gift. It is a diploma. A
diploma conferring certain
privileges: the privilege of
expressing love and the privilege
of receiving it. How do you know
you have graduated? You don't.
What you do know is that you are
human and therefore educable, and
therefore capable of learning how
to learn, and therefore interesting
to God, who is interested only in
Himself which is to say He is
interested only in love. Do you
understand me? God is not
interested in you. He is interested
in love and the bliss it brings to
those who understand and share the
interest. Couples that enter the
sacrament of marriage and are not
prepared to go the distance or are
not willing to get right with the
real love of God cannot thrive.
They may cleave together like
robins or gulls or anything else
that mates for life. But if they
eschew this mighty course, at the
moment when all are judged for the
disposition of their eternal lives,
their cleaving won't mean a
thing. God bless the pure and holy.
Amen

Category: People

It takes a certain ingenuous faith
- but I have it - to believe that
people who read and reflect more
likely than not come to judge
things with liberality and truth.

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Category: God

Though I obviously have no proof of
this, the one aspect of life that
seems clear to me is that good
people do whatever they believe is
the right thing to do. Being
virtuous is hard, not easy. The
idea of doing good things simply
because you're good seems like
a zero-sum game; I'm not even
sure those actions would still
qualify as 'good,' since
they'd merely be a function of
normal behaviour. Regardless of
what kind of god you believe in - a
loving god, a vengeful god, a
capricious god, a snooty
beret-wearing French god, or
whatever - one has to assume that
you can't be penalised for
doing the things you believe to be
truly righteous and just.
Certainly, this creates some pretty
glaring problems: Hitler may have
thought he was serving God. Stalin
may have thought he was serving God
(or something vaguely similar).
I'm certain Osama bin Laden was
positive he was serving God.
It's not hard to fathom that
all of those maniacs were certain
that what they were doing was
right. Meanwhile, I constantly do
things that I know are wrong;
they're not on the same scale
as incinerating Jews or blowing up
skyscrapers, but my motivations
might be worse. I have looked
directly into the eyes of a woman I
loved and told her lies for no
reason, except that those lies
would allow me to continue having
sex with another woman I cared
about less. This act did not kill
20 million Russian peasants, but it
might be more 'diabolical'
in a literal sense. If I died and
found out I was going to hell and
Stalin was in heaven, I would note
the irony, but I couldn't
complain. I don't make the
f*cking rules.

'Faith in faith' he
answered himself. 'It isn't
necessary to have something to
believe in. It's only necessary
to believe that somewhere
there's something worthy of
belief.'

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Category: People

...people who believe in God think
God has put human beings on earth
because they think human beings are
the best animal, but human beings
are just an animal and they will
evolve into another animal, and
that animal will be cleverer and it
will put human beings into a zoo,
like we put chimpanzees and
gorillas into a zoo. Or human
beings will all catch a disease and
die out or they will make too much
pollution and kill themselves, and
then there will only be insects in
the world and they will be the best
animal.

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Category: God

I believe in God, only I spell it
Nature.

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Category: Funny

'I can't believe he didn't have the
dignity and presence of mind just
to get drunk and pass out in some
gutter,' said Jace. 'I must say,
I'm disappointed in the little
fellow.'

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Category: God

I could not believe in a God that
would challenge faith like this.

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