Gods and demons - Quotes from Science Fiction
21.02.2012, 18:17

Gods and demons - Quotes from Science Fiction


A lot of quotations carefully collected from a very big amount of books and divided by categories.

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Sometimes the gods themselves forget the answers to their own riddles.

- Edwin L. Arnold, Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905)


I have given myself to the devil, because the devil is the only god in whom all the tribes believe.

- Walter M. Miller, Jr., ''The Soul-Empty Ones'' (1951)


The gods do not speak the language of men, any more than men can speak the language of the gods.

- Miriam Allen deFord, ''The Apotheosis of Ki'' (1956)


Man does not create gods, in spite of appearances. The times, the age, impose them on him.

- Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961), translated by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox (1970)


If there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they cannot be very important gods.

- Arthur C. Clarke, ''Rocket to the Renaissance,'' revised (1962)


A god cannot survive as a memory.We need love, admiration, worship as you need food.

- Gilbert Ralston and Gene L. Coon, ''Who Mourns for Adonais?'' episode of Star Trek (1967)


The angel was laughing now, but he was dark, and huge, and monstrous, and I knew that angels and devils are really the same. They are angels if you are on their side and devils if you're against them.

- Ray Nelson, ''Time Travel for Pedestrians'' (1972)


Even a deity needs a little recreation.

- T. J. Bass, The Godwhale (1974)


There are no gods but those that are muses.

- Charles L. Grant, ''A Glow of Candles, a Unicorn's Eye'' (1978)


On the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed.

- Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic (1983)


Demons can't call things weird. I mean, what's weird to a demon?

- Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic (1983)


Rob McKenna was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him and towater him.

- Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1985)


Only the solitary may see the gods.

- GeneWolfe, Soldier of the Mist (1986)


A god can show off once in a while can't he?

- Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)


This interlude has been brought to you by the gods. [. . .] You may now resume your normal destinies, already in progress.

- Arthur Byron Cover, Stationfall (1989)


It was extremely hard to believe in a god when you saw him at breakfast every day.

- Terry Pratchett, Pyramids (1989)


People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was so hard to believe in people.

- Terry Pratchett, Pyramids (1989)


Let me tell you what I think about gods. I think a real god is not going to be so scared or angry that he tries to keep other people down. [. . .] A real god doesn't care about control. A real god already has control of everything that needs controlling. Real gods would want to teach you how to be just like them.

- Orson Scott Card, Xenocide (1991)


The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray to.

- Terry Pratchett, Small Gods (1992)


They'll make a god of her. I think that would please her, if she could know about it. In spite of all her protests and denials, she's always needed devoted, obedient followers - disciples - who would listen to her and believe everything she told them. And she needed large events to manipulate. All gods seem to need those things.

- Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (1998)

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