Words are the litmus paper of the mind.
Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.
The merest accident of microgeography had meant that the first man to hear the voice of Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a shepherd and not a goatherd. They have quite different ways of looking at the world, and the whole of history might have been different. For sheep are stupid, and have to be driven. But goats are intelligent, and need to be led.
Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.
The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish.
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray to.
He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.
There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
Humans! They lived in the world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that'd happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and anzymes, wasn't a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time...
There's no point in believing in things that exist.
It's no wonder most religions are born in the desert, because when men lay beneath that boundless night sky and look up at the infinite expanse of creation they have an uncontrollable urge to put something in the way
Thou shalt not submit thy god to market forces.
Just because you can explain it doesn't mean it's not still a miracle.
Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.
Last night there seemed to be a chance. Anything was possible last night. That was the trouble with last nights. They were always followed by this mornings.
We are here and it is now. The way I see it is, after that, everything tends towards guesswork.
Om rubed his head. This wasn't god-like thinking. It seemed simpler when you were up here. It was all a game. You forgot that it wasn't a game down there. People died. Bits got chopped off. We're like eagles up here, he thought. Sometimes we show tortoise how to fly. Then we let go.
When you can flatten entire cities at a whim, a tendency towards quiet reflection and seeing-things-from-the-other-fellow's-point- of-view is seldom necessary.
One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.
Why not? If enough people believe, you can be god of anythingà
Probably the last man who knew how it worked had been tortured to death years before. Or as soon as it was installed. Killing the creator was a traditional method of patent protection.
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