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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
God Himself  to  Gott ist überall
  God Himself cannot do without wise men.    Luther.  6995
  God Himself cannot procure good for the wicked.    Welsh Triad.  6996
  God is able to do more than man can understand.    Thomas à Kempis.  6997
  God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, and its circumference nowhere.    St. Augustine.  6998
  God is a creditor who has no bad debts.    German Proverb.  6999
  God is a good worker, but He loves to be helped.    Basque Proverb.  7000
  God is alpha and omega in the great world; endeavour to make Him so in the little world.    Quarles.  7001
  God is always ready to strengthen those who strive lawfully.    Thomas à Kempis.  7002
  God is a shower to the heart burnt up with grief, a sun to the face deluged with tears.    Joseph Roux.  7003
  God is a sure paymaster. He may not pay at the end of every week or month or year, but He pays in the end.    Anne of Austria.  7004
  God is a tabula rasa, on which nothing more stands written than what thou thyself hast inscribed thereon.    Luther.  7005
  God is at once the great original I and Thou.    Jean Paul.  7006
  God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers.    William Penn.  7007
  God is goodness itself, and whatsoever is good is of Him.    Sir P. Sidney.  7008
  God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings; and all good thought and good action claim a natural alliance with good cheer.    Willmott.  7009
  God is great, and we know Him not; neither can the number of His years be searched out.    Bible.  7010
  God is great in what is the greatest and the smallest.    Herder.  7011
  God is greater than man.    Bible.  7012
  God is His own interpreter.    Cowper.  7013
  God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.    Bible.  7014
  God is in the generation of the righteous.    Bible.  7015
  God is in the word “ought,” and therefore it outweighs all but God.    Joseph Cook.  7016
  God is kind to fou (drunk) folk and bairns.    Scotch Proverb.  7017
  God is light.    St. John.  7018
  God is love.    St. John.  7019
  God is more delighted in adverbs than in nouns—i.e., not in what is done so much as how it is done.    Hebrew Proverb.  7020
  God is, nay, alone is; for with like emphasis we cannot say that anything else is.    Carlyle.  7021
  God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath He said it, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?    Bible.  7022
  God is not found by the tests that detect you an acid or a salt.    Dr. Walter Smith.  7023
  God is not so poor in felicities or so niggard in His bounty that He has not wherewithal to furnish forth two worlds.    W. R. Greg.  7024
  God is not to be known by marring His fair works and blotting out the evidence of His influences upon His creatures; not amidst the hurry of crowds and the crash of innovation, but in solitary places, and out of the glowing intelligences which He gave to men of old.    Ruskin.  7025
  God is on the side of virtue; for whoever dreads punishment suffers it, and whoever deserves it dreads it.    Colton.  7026
  God is patient, because eternal.    St. Augustine.  7027
  God is spirit.    Jesus.  7028
  God made all the creatures, and gave them our love and our fear, / To give sign we and they are His children, one family here.    Browning.  7029
  God is the great composer; men are only the performers. Those grand pieces which are played on earth were composed in heaven.    Balzac.  7030
  God is the light which, never seen itself, makes all things visible, and clothes itself in colours. Thine eye feels not its ray, but thine heart feels its warmth.    Jean Paul.  7031
  God is the number, the weight, and the measure which makes the world harmonious and eternal.    Renan.  7032
  God is the perfect poet, / Who in His person acts His own creations.    Browning.  7033
  God is the reason of those who have no reason.    Renan.  7034
  God is where He was.    Proverb.  7035
  God is with every great reform that is necessary, and it prospers.    Goethe.  7036
  God keep me from my friends; from my enemies I will keep myself.    Italian Proverb.  7037
  God knows I’m no the thing I should be, / Nor am I ev’n the thing I could be; / But twenty times I rather would be / An atheist clean, / Than under Gospel colours hid be, / Just for a screen.    Burns.  7038
  God Konge er bedre end gammel Lov—A good king is better than an old law.    Danish Proverb.  7039
  God loveth a cheerful giver.    St. Paul.  7040
  God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.    Mer. of Ven., i. 2.  7041
  God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.    Ward Beecher.  7042
  God made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.    Bible.  7043
  God made me one man; love makes me no more / Till labour come, and make my weakness score.    Herbert.  7044
  God made the country; man made the town.    Cowper.  7045
  God made the flowers to beautify / The earth and cheer man’s careful mood; / And he is happiest who hath power / To gather wisdom from a flower, / And wake his heart in every hour / To pleasant gratitude.    Wordsworth.  7046
  God made us, and we admire ourselves.    Spanish Proverb.  7047
  God manifests Himself to men in all wise, good, humble, generous, great, and magnanimous souls.    Lavater.  7048
  God may consent, but only for a time.    Emerson.  7049
  God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform; / He plants His footsteps in the sea, / And rides upon the storm.    Cowper.  7050
  God must needs laugh outright, could such a thing be, to see His wondrous manikins here below.    Hugo von Trimberg, quoted by Carlyle.  7051
  God narrows Himself to come near man, and man narrows himself to come near God.    James Wood.  7052
  God never forsakes His own.    Proverb.  7053
  God never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it.    Ruskin.  7054
  God never made His work for man to mend.    Dryden.  7055
  God never meant that man should scale the heavens / By strides of human wisdom … He commands us in His Word / To seek Him rather where His mercy shines.    Cowper.  7056
  God never pardons; the laws of the universe are irrevocable. God always pardons; sense of condemnation is but another word for penitence, and penitence is already new life.    Wm. Smith.  7057
  God never sends mouths but He sends meat.    Danish Proverb.  7058
  God never shuts one door but He opens another.    Irish Proverb.  7059
  God offers to every man his choice between truth and repose.    Emerson.  7060
  God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.    Joseph Roux.  7061
  God only opened His hand to give flight to a thought that He had held imprisoned from eternity.    J. G. Holland.  7062
  God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offence into everlasting forgetfulness.    Ward Beecher.  7063
  God permits, but not for ever.    Proverb.  7064
  God said, Let there be light; and there was light.    Bible.  7065
  God save the fools, and don’t let them run out; for, without them, wise men couldn’t get a living.    American Proverb.  7066
  God save the mark.    1 Henry IV., i. 3.  7067
  God send us some siller, for they’re little thought o’ that want it.    Scotch Proverb.  7068
  God send you mair sense and me mair siller.    Scotch Proverb.  7069
  God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat.    Tusser.  7070
  God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.    Italian Proverb.  7071
  God sends nothing but what can be borne.    Italian Proverb.  7072
  God should be the object of all our desires, the end of all our actions, the principle of all our affections, and the governing power of our whole souls.    Massillon.  7073
  God, sir, he gart kings ken that there was a lith in their neck.    Boswell’s father of Cromwell.  7074
  God stays long, but strikes at last.    Proverb.  7075
  God taketh an account of all things.    Koran.  7076
  God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.    Sterne.  7077
  God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.    Cowley.  7078
  God, through the voice of Nature, calls the mass of men to be happy; He calls a few among them to the grander task of being severely but serenely sad.    W. R. Greg.  7079
  God trusts every one with the care of his own soul.    Scotch Proverb.  7080
  God will accept your first attempt, not as a perfect work, but as a beginning.    Ward Beecher.  7081
  God will not make Himself manifest to cowards.    Emerson.  7082
  God will punish him who sees and him who is seen.    Eastern saying.  7083
  God, when He makes the prophet, does not unmake the man.    Locke.  7084
  God works in moments.    French Proverb.  7085
  God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers, and clouds and stars.    Luther.  7086
  God’s commandments are the iron door into Himself. To keep them is to have it opened, and His great heart of love revealed.    S. W. Duffield.  7087
  God’s creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself indeed in every finite form, but compromised by none.    Henry James.  7088
  God’s free mercy streameth / Over all the world, / And His banner gleameth, / Everywhere unfurled.    How.  7089
  God’s goodness is the measure of His providence.    More.  7090
  God’s help is nearer than the door.    Irish Proverb.  7091
  God’s in His heaven: / All’s right with the world!    Browning.  7092
  God’s justice, tardy though it prove perchance, / Rests never on the track till it reach / Delinquency.    Browning.  7093
  God’s men are better than the devil’s men, and they ought to act as though they thought they were.    Ward Beecher.  7094
  God’s mill grinds slow but sure.    George Herbert.  7095
  God’s mills grind slow, but they grind woe.    Eastern saying.  7096
  God’s providence is on the side of clear heads.    Ward Beecher.  7097
  God’s sovereignty is not in His right hand or His intellect, but His love.    Ward Beecher.  7098
  Gods water over Gods akker laten loopen—Let God’s waters run over God’s fields.    Dutch Proverb.  7099
  God’s way of making worlds is to make them make themselves.    Prof. Drummond.  7100
  Godfrey sent the thief that stole the cash away, / And punished him that put it in his way.    Pope.  7101
  “Godlike men love lightning;” godless men love it not; shriek murder when they see it, shutting their eyes, and hastily putting on smoked spectacles.    Carlyle.  7102
  Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.    St. Paul.  7103
  Godliness with contentment is great gain.    St. Paul.  7104
  Godly souls have often interdicted the gratifications of the flesh in order to help their spirits in the Godward direction.    John Pulsford.  7105
  Godt Haandværk har en gylden Grund—A good handicraft rests on a golden foundation.    Danish Proverb.  7106
  Goed verloren, niet verloren: moed verloren, veel verloren; eer verloren, meer verloren; ziel verloren, al verloren—Money lost, nothing lost; courage lost, much lost; honour lost, more lost; soul lost, all lost.    Dutch Proverb.  7107
  Goethe’s devil is a cultivated personage and acquainted with the modern sciences; sneers at witchcraft and the black art even while employing them, and doubts most things, nay, half disbelieves even his own existence.    Carlyle.  7108
  Going by railroad I do not consider as travelling at all; it is merely “being sent” to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.    Ruskin.  7109
  Going to ruin is silent work.    Gaelic Proverb.  7110
  Gold and diamonds are not riches.    Ruskin.  7111
  Gold beheert de wereld—Gold rules the world.    Dutch Proverb.  7112
  Gold does not satisfy love; it must be paid in its own coin.    Mme. Deluzy.  7113
  Gold, father of flatterers, of pain and care begot, / A fear it is to have thee, and a pain to have thee not.    Palladas.  7114
  Gold glitters most when virtue shines no more.    Young.  7115
  Gold has wings which carry everywhere except to heaven.    Russian Proverb.  7116
  Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant, accommodates itself to the meanest capacities, silences the loud and clamorous, and brings over the most obstinate and inflexible.    Addison.  7117
  Gold is Cæsar’s treasure, man is God’s; thy gold hath Cæsar’s image, and thou hast God’s.    Quarles.  7118
  Gold is the fool’s curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.    Feltham.  7119
  Gold is the sovereign of all sovereigns.    Proverb.  7120
  Gold is tried in the fire, friendship in need.    Danish Proverb.  7121
  Gold liegt tief im Berge, aber Koth am Wege—Gold lies deep in the mountain, but dirt on the highway.    German Proverb.  7122
  Gold, like the sun, which melts wax and hardens clay, expands great souls and contracts bad hearts.    Rivarol.  7123
  Gold that is put to use more gold begets.    Shakespeare.  7124
  Gold thou may’st safely touch; but if it stick / Unto thy hands, it woundeth to the quick.    Herbert.  7125
  Gold, worse poison to men’s souls, / Doing more murder in this loathsome world, / Than these poor compounds that thou may’st not sell.    Shakespeare.  7126
  Gold’s worth is gold.    Italian Proverb.  7127
  Golden chains are heavy, and love is best!    Dr. Walter Smith.  7128
  Golden lads and girls all must, / As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.    Cymbeline, iv. 2.  7129
  Gone for ever is virtue, once so prevalent in the state, when men deem a mischievous citizen worse than its bitterest enemy, and punish him with severer penalties.    Cicero.  7130
  Gone is gone; no Jew will lend upon it.    German Proverb.  7131
  Good actions done in secret are the most worthy of honour.    Pascal.  7132
  Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.    S. Smiles.  7133
  Good advice can be given, a good name cannot be given.    Turkish Proverb.  7134
  Good advice / Is beyond all price.    Proverb.  7135
  Good advice may be communicated, but not good manners.    Turkish Proverb.  7136
  Good ale needs no wisp (of hay for advertisement).    Scotch Proverb.  7137
  Good and bad men are less so than they seem.    Coleridge.  7138
  Good and evil are names that signify our appetites and aversions.    Hobbes.  7139
  Good and evil will grow up in this world together; and they who complain in peace of the insolence of the populace must remember that their insolence in peace is bravery in war.    Johnson.  7140
  Good and quickly seldom meet.    Proverb.  7141
  Good as is discourse, silence is better, and shames it.    Emerson.  7142
  Good bees never turn drones.    Proverb.  7143
  Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen, the more select the more enjoyable.    A. B. Alcott.  7144
  Good bread needs baking.    Proverb in Goethe.  7145
  Good-breeding carries along with it a dignity that is respected by the most petulant.    Chesterfield.  7146
  Good-breeding differs, if at all, from high-breeding, only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own.    Carlyle.  7147
  Good-breeding is benevolence in trifles, or the preference of others to ourselves in the little daily occurrences of life.    Chatham.  7148
  Good-breeding is surface Christianity.    Holmes.  7149
  Good-breeding is the result of much good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.    Chesterfield.  7150
  Good-breeding shows itself most where to an ordinary eye it appears least.    Addison.  7151
  Good-bye, proud world! I’m going home; Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.    Emerson.  7152
  Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.    Izaak Walton.  7153
  Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.    Proverb.  7154
  Good counsel is no better than bad counsel, if it is not taken in time.    Danish Proverb.  7155
  Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the giver’s bosom.    Goldsmith.  7156
  Good counsels observed are chains to grace.    Fuller.  7157
  Good counsel tendered to fools rather provokes than satisfies them. A draught of milk to serpents only increases their venom.    Hitopadesa.  7158
  Good counsel without good fortune is a windmill without wind.    German Proverb.  7159
  Good counsellors lack no clients.    Meas. for Meas., i. 2.  7160
  Good courage breaks ill-luck.    Proverb.  7161
  Good deeds in this life are coals raked up in embers to make a fire next day.    Sir T. Overbury.  7162
  Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.    A. B. Alcott.  7163
  Good digestion wait on appetite, / And health on both.    Macbeth, iii. 4.  7164
  Good example always brings forth good fruits.    S. Smiles.  7165
  Good example is half a sermon.    German Proverb.  7166
  Good fortune is the offspring of our endeavours, although there be nothing sweeter than ease.    Hitopadesa.  7167
  Good gear goes in sma’ book (bulk).    Scotch Proverb.  7168
  Good-humour and generosity carry the day with the popular heart all the world over.    Alexander Smith.  7169
  Good-humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.    Thackeray.  7170
  Good hunters track closely.    Dutch Proverb.  7171
  Good husbandry is good divinity.    Proverb.  7172
  Good is a good doctor, but Bad is sometimes better.    Emerson.  7173
  Good is best when soonest wrought, / Lingering labours come to nought.    Southwell.  7174
  Good is good, but better carrieth it.    Proverb.  7175
  Good is never a something into which a man can be borne, but always a something born of the man, which he himself carries, and which does not carry him.    James Wood.  7176
  Good is not got without grief.    Gaelic Proverb.  7177
  Good is the delay that makes sure.    Portuguese Proverb.  7178
  Good judges are as rare as good authors.    St. Evremond.  7179
  Good laws often proceed from bad manners.    Proverb.  7180
  Good leading makes good following.    Dutch Proverb.  7181
  Good luck comes by cuffing.    Proverb.  7182
  Good luck is the willing handmaid of upright, energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.    Lowell.  7183
  Good luck lies in odd numbers.    Merry Wives, v. 1.  7184
  Good management is better than a good income.    Portuguese Proverb.  7185
  Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.    Emerson.  7186
  Good manners are part of good morals.    Whately.  7187
  Good manners give integrity a bleeze, / When native virtues join the arts to please.    Allan Ramsay.  7188
  Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company.    Swift.  7189
  Good maxims are the germs of all excellence.    Joubert.  7190
  Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.    Ben Jonson.  7191
  Good mind, good find.    Proverb.  7192
  Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, / Is the immediate jewel of their souls; / Who steals my purse, steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; / ’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; / But he that filches from me my good name, / Robs me of that which not enriches him, / And makes me poor indeed.    Othello, iii. 2.  7193
  Good-nature and good sense are usually companions.    Pope.  7194
  Good-nature and good sense must ever join; / To err is human, to forgive divine.    Pope.  7195
  Good-nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more aimiable than beauty.    Addison.  7196
  Good-nature is stronger than tomahawks.    Emerson.  7197
  Good-nature is the beauty of the mind, and, like personal beauty, wins almost without anything else.    Hanway.  7198
  Good-nature is the very air of a good mind, the sign of a large and generous soul, and the peculiar soil in which virtue flourishes.    Goodman.  7199
  Good-night, good-night; parting is such sweet sorrow / That I will say good-night till it be to-morrow.    Romeo and Juliet, ii. 2.  7200
  Good pastures make fat sheep.    As You Like It, iii. 2.  7201
  Good people live far apart.    German Proverb.  7202
  Good poetry is always personification, and heightens every species of force by giving it a human volition.    Emerson.  7203
  Good poets are the inspired interpreters of the gods.    Plato.  7204
  Good qualities are the substantial riches of the mind, but it is good-breeding that sets them off to advantage.    Locke.  7205
  Good reasons must of force give place to better.    Julius Cæsar, iv. 3.  7206
  Good right needs good help.    Dutch Proverb.  7207
  Good-sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise.    Dryden.  7208
  Good-sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, / And though no science, fairly worth the seven.    Pope.  7209
  Good shepherd, tell this youth what ’tis to love…. It is to be all made of sighs and tears…. It is to be all made of faith and service…. It is to be all made of fantasy, / All made of passion, and all made of wishes; / All adoration, duty, and observance; / All humbleness, all patience, and impatience; / All purity, all trial, all observance.    As You Like It, v. 2.  7210
  Good sword has often been in poor scabbard.    Gaelic Proverb.  7211
  Good take heed / Doth surely speed.    Proverb.  7212
  Good taste cannot supply the place of genius in literature, for the best proof of taste, when there is no genius, would be not to write at all.    Madame de Staël.  7213
  Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind.    La Rochefoucauld.  7214
  Good taste is the flower of good sense.    A. Poincelot.  7215
  Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired.    Mme. Girardin.  7216
  Good the more / Communicated more abundant grows.    Milton.  7217
  Good things take time.    Dutch Proverb.  7218
  Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they be executed.    Emerson.  7219
  Good to begin well, but better to end well.    Proverb.  7220
  Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels / When the tired player shuffles off the buskin; / A page of Hood may do a fellow good / After a scolding from Carlyle or Ruskin.    Lowell.  7221
  Good unexpected, evil unforeseen, / Appear by turns, as fortune shifts the scene; / Some rais’d aloft, come tumbling down amain / And fall so hard, they bound and rise again.    Lord Lansdowne.  7222
  Good ware makes a quick market.    Proverb.  7223
  Good-will is everything in morals, but nothing in art; in art, capability alone is anything.    Schopenhauer.  7224
  Good-will, like a good name, is got by actions and lost by one.    Jeffrey.  7225
  Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.    Othello, ii. 3.  7226
  Good wine is its own recommendation.    Dutch Proverb.  7227
  Good wine needs no brandy.    American Proverb.  7228
  Good wine needs no bush, i.e., advertisement.    Proverb.  7229
  Good women grudge each other nothing, save only clothes, husbands, and flax.    Jean Paul.  7230
  Good words and no deeds.    Proverb.  7231
  Good words cool more than cold water.    Proverb.  7232
  Good words cost nothing and are worth much.    Proverb.  7233
  Good words do more than hard speeches; as the sunbeams, without any noise, will make the traveller cast off his cloak, which all the blustering winds could not do, but only make him bind it closer to him.    Leighton.  7234
  Good works will never save you, but you will never be saved without them.    Proverb.  7235
  Good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories.    Emerson.  7236
  Goodman Fact is allowed by everybody to be a plain-spoken person, and a man of very few words; tropes and figures are his aversion.    Addison.  7237
  Goodness and being in the gods are one; / He who imputes ill to them makes them none.    Euripides.  7238
  Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are.    Chapin.  7239
  Goodness is beauty in its best estate.    Marlowe.  7240
  Goodness is everywhere, and is everywhere to be found, if we will only look for it.    P. Desjardins.  7241
  Gorgons, and hydras, and chimæras dire.    Milton.  7242
  Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.    Proverb.  7243
  Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.    George Eliot.  7244
  Gott hilft nur dann, wenn Menschen nicht mehr helfen—God comes to our help only when there is no more help for us in man.    Schiller.  7245
  Gott ist ein unaussprechlicher Seufzer, in Grunde der Seele gelegen—God is an unutterable sigh planted in the depth of the soul.    Jean Paul.  7246
  Gott ist eine leere Tafel, auf der / Nichts weiter steht, als was du selbst / Darauf geschrieben—God is a blank tablet on which nothing further is inscribed than what thou hast thyself written thereupon.    Luther.  7247
  Gott ist mächiger und weiser als wir; darum macht er mit uns nach seinem Gefallen—God is mightier and wiser than we; therefore he does with us according to his good pleasure.    Goethe.  7248
  Gott ist überall, ausser wo er seinem Statthalter hat—God is everywhere except his vicar is.    German Proverb.  7249


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