Selected Quotes about Creation

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. -- Ansel Adams

All things bright and beautiful All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. -- Cecil Frances Alexander

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. -- Henri Bergson

The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him. -- José Ortega y Gasset

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. -- Victor Hugo

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak. -- James Russell Lowell

Imagine the Creator as a stand up comedian - and at once the world becomes explicable. -- H. L. Mencken

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. -- Stephen Nachmanovitch

The finiteness, the dependency, and the insufficiency of man‘s mortal life are facts which belong to God‘s plan of creation and must be accepted with reverence and humility. -- Reinhold Niebuhr

The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation. -- Anais Nin

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. -- Carl Sagan

I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

The innermost meaning of sacrifice is the annihilation of the finite just because it is finite. In order to demonstrate that this is the only purpose, the most noble and beautiful must be chosen; above all, man, the fulfillment of the earth. Human sacrifices are the most natural sacrifices. Man, however, is more than the fulfillment of the earth; he is reasonable, and reason is free and nothing but an eternal self-determination toward the infinite. Thus man can sacrifice only himself, and that is what he does in the omnipresent sanctissimum of which the masses are not aware. All artists are self-sacrificing human beings, and to become an artist is nothing but to devote oneself to the subterranean gods. The meaning of divine creation is primarily revealed in the enthusiasm of annihilation. Only in the throes of death is the spark of eternal life ignited. -- Friedrich Von Schlegel

Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful so compelling that when-in a decade, a century, a millennium-- we grasp it, we will say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How can we have been so blind for so long? -- John Wheeler

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. -- Alfonso the Wise

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