-Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
God made mud,
God got lonesome,
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!",
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God!
Nobody but You could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way that I can feel the least bit important is to think
of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honour!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
-Last Rites of the Bokonon Faith, Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world.
Dance like it hurts,
Love like you need money,
Work when people are watching.
-Scott Adams, The Way of the Weasel