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VoltaireI always made one prayer to God: “O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous! ”God granted it.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

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Mahatma GandhiIn prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Oscar WildePrayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Victor HugoThere are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

William JamesThe sovereign cure for worry is prayer.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

EpicurusIf the gods listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


Personal Stories

Charles de GaulleChurch is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President


Latin Quotes

Pray and Work.

Ora et Labora.

—  Motto of the Benedictine Order


Funny Quotes

Ambrose BiercePray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer


Ancient Greek

EpicurusIt is futile to pray to the gods for that which one has the power to obtain by himself.

Μάταιόν εστι παρά θεών αιτείσθαι ά τις εαυτώ χορηγήσαι ικανός εστι.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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