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To a degree, the Greek and Roman mythological heroes are just the first superheroes. They appeal to children for much the same reason. These gods and heroes may have powers, but they get angry and they do the wrong thing. They are human too.
As to gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like.
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
Fantasy is my favorite genre for reading and writing. We have more options than anyone else, and the best props and special effects. That means if you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you're at it? Go ahead.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
Plant diseases, drought, desolation, despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages - and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are - more humane.
After months of want and hunger, we suddenly found ourselves able to have meals fit for the gods, and with appetites the gods might have envied.
But if cattle and horses or lions had hands, or were able to draw with their hands and do the work that men can do, horses would draw the forms of the gods like horses, and cattle like cattle, and they would make their bodies such as they each had themselves.
If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.
Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.
Better than worshiping gods is obedience to the laws of righteousness.
I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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