Gods

I believe there are many gods not one and always in conflict. Well, if there are a gods who created and control what’s going on here, you can tell a lot about them by what is going on. I assume they are colonists. And so anything you can see here you can infer is the act or the will of one of those gods. All you have to do is look around. You’ll see what they’re like. It’s like looking in someone’s yard.

— W. S. Burroughs

The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot…. If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can but will not, then they are not benevolent. If they are neither willing nor able, they are neither omnipotent nor benevolent.

— Epicurus, Aphorisms

If the gods do evil then they are not gods.

— Euripides

A man’s first and greatest victory must be won against the gods.

— Andre Gide, Thesee

All things are full of gods.

— Thales de Miletus

You have to believe in gods to see them.

— Hopi Indian saying

When belief in a god dies, the god dies.

— Harlan Ellison, Deathbird Stories

When men make gods, there is no God!

— Eugene O’Neill

Man’s responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases.

— Andre Gide, Journals

Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.

— Norman mailer, The Presidential Papers, 1963

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