A Quote by J. B. Phillips on accidents, christ, christianity, disease, failure, fulfillment, god, heart, purpose, questions, study, understanding, war, and world

From the crude cry which we have so often heard during the war years: "If there is a God, why doesn't He stop Hitler?," to the unspoken questioning in many a Christian heart when a devoted servant of Christ dies from accident or disease at what seems to us a most inopportune moment, there is this universal longing for God to intervene, to show His hand, to vindicate His purpose. I do not pretend to understand the ways of God any more than the next man; but it is surely more fitting as well as more sensible for us to study what God does do and what He does not do as He works in and through the complex fabric of this disintegrated world, than to postulate what we think God ought to do and then feel demoralized and bitterly disappointed because He fails to fulfill what we expect of Him.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on accidents, discovery, happiness, joy, and writing

To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies- the man who searches painfully for the perfect word, and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said - there is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Hermann Weyl on accidents, birth, certainty, community, effort, evolution, feeling, freedom, history, imagination, individuality, mind, necessity, questions, and time

The constructs of the mathematical mind are at the same time free and necessary. The individual mathematician feels free to define his notions and set up his axioms as he pleases. But the question is will he get his fellow mathematician interested in the constructs of his imagination. We cannot help the feeling that certain mathematical structures which have evolved through the combined efforts of the mathematical community bear the stamp of a necessity not affected by the accidents of their historical birth. Everybody who looks at the spectacle of modern algebra will be struck by this complementarity of freedom and necessity.

Hermann Weyl (1885 - 1955)

Source: 1951

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on accidents, control, evil, laws, necessity, and progress

Progress is not an accident, not a thing within human control, but a beneficent necessity . . . due to the working of a universal law. So surely must the things we call evil and immorality disappear; so surely must man become perfect.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on accidents and god

Nothing is or can be accidental with God.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on accidents, change, fame, family, fear, immortality, mortality, needs, posterity, and truth

In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Harry Graham on accidents and death

'There's been an accident!' they said, 'Your servants cut in half; he's dead!' 'Indeed!' said Mr. Jones, 'and please Send me the half that's got my keys.'

Harry Graham (1874 - 1936)

Source: Ruthless Rhymes for Hearless Homes

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A Quote by Sir George Sitwell on accidents, age, beauty, fortune, garden, history, instinct, interest, justice, mind, nations, past, peace, security, society, present, time, and world

To these delights of a garden, age may add a further interest which can hardly be distinguished from beauty, for the mind, at least with those who have the historic instinct, is always longing to be connected with the past, and dreading for itself confinement upon the plane of time, delights in evidences of the long continuance of nations, families and institutions, in hale and vigorous old age, in long-settled peace beyond the turn of Fortune's wheel, the 'scornful dominion of accident.' Restfulness is the prevailing note of an old garden; in this fairy world of echo and suggestion where the Present Age never comes but to commune with the Past, we feel the glamour of a Golden Age, of a state of society just and secure which has grown and blossomed as the rose.

George Sitwell

Source: On the Making of Gardens, 1909

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on accidents, injustice, justice, violence, and weakness

A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller on accidents, chance, and destiny

There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

Friedrich Schiller (1759 - 1805)

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