Genesis Quotes

Genesis Quotes by Elie Wiesel, Jay Samit, John Shelby Spong, John Milton, Cliff Curtis, Rick Astley and many others.

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My interpretation is different. God asks Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” [Genesis 4:9] And Cain answers “Lo yadati, “I don’t know” or “I didn’t know.” Then comes a period, followed by “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Elie Wiesel
The greatest challenge to most innovation centers around the world is many nations’ punitive attitudes towards failure. In most of the world, if your first business fails, no one will work with you again. But, trial and error is the genesis of innovation.
Jay Samit
The first command given by God when Adam and Eve were pitched out of the Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis is, “Be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the Earth.” We’ve been trying to do that for a long time, and now the Earth is fighting back. I’m not sure that we’re going to survive as a species.
John Shelby Spong
It is not good that man should be alone. … Hitherto all things that have been named, were approved of God to be very good: loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named not good: whether it be a thing, or the want of something, I labour not.
John Milton
I put on close to 60 pounds for ‘Genesis,’ an independent movie from New Zealand.
Cliff Curtis
When I was a tiny tot, we only had one record player in the house, so there was either Genesis on it or the Jungle Book or The Beatles as well, and various other things.
Rick Astley
It seems to me that readers sometimes make the genesis of a poem more mysterious than it is (by that I perhaps mean, think of it as something outside their own experience)
James Schuyler
Since Genesis 3 we have been addicted to setting our sights on something, someone, smaller than Jesus.
Tullian Tchividjian
Artists love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form, just as God created form out of chaos in Genesis. Forever unsatisfied with the mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, they always push on to newer worlds.
Rollo May
If the biblical account of creation in Genesis isn’t true, how can we trust the rest of the Bible?
Beverly LaHaye
When I went to high school in Australia, I was exposed to textbooks that outlined evolutionary ideas – such as ape-like creatures turning into people. I recognized the conflict between evolutionary ideas and a literal reading of the book of Genesis.
Ken Ham
It’s not a coincidence that the Bible starts with Genesis. Most people really want to know where we came from and where everything around us came from. I like to strongly push the scientific answer. We have evidence. We no longer have to rely on stories we were told when we were young.
Alan Guth
There’s a slippery slope in regard to authority. If you say that the history in Genesis is not true, then you can just take man’s ideas as true. When you go outside of Scripture, why shouldn’t you just reinterpret what marriage means? So our emphasis is on the slippery slope regarding authority.
Ken Ham
The only event in the history of our species that compares with this one is Genesis. And this is a new kind of Genesis, the Genesis of our species into conscious awareness.
Gary Zukav
Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid down in scriptures, clearly.
John F. Kerry
I encounter many Christians who’ve been raised in the church but never realized that there’s a cohesive storyline from Genesis to Revelation.
David Kim
As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should be. The story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory.
Will Durant
Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange believe that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.
Thomas Paine
The mere notion of photography, when we introduce it into our meditation on the genesis of historical knowledge and its true value, suggests the simple question: Could such and such a fact, as it is narrated here, have been photographed?
Paul Valery
GN’R was five guys who were all into different things. I liked pop and disco, Izzy was into New York rock, Slash loved Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, Axl was into Genesis and Elton John, and Duff was a punk rocker. We all blended that stuff together.
Steven Adler
In accordance with the divine wisdom, genesis can only take place through destruction, and without destruction of the individual members of the species the species themselves would not exist permanently. Thus the true kindness, and beneficence, and goodness of God is clear.
There’s far more truth in the Book of Genesis than in the quantum theory.
Malcolm Muggeridge
[The story of Adam and Eve] it’s poetry. One must interpret it as poetry. The first 11 chapters of Genesis [the Primeval History] are absolutely remarkable.
Frank Moore Cross
I think there’s an underlying insecurity to Bush with a rather classical genesis – namely his being the eldest son of a famous father. I think this has propelled his need to be distinctive, to do big things.
Robert Draper
It’s very important to distinguish between innocence and naivete. The innocent do not deserve to be the victims of violence. But only the naive refuse to think about the origins of violence and to pursue the possibility that the genesis of that hatred could be addressed.
Barbara Kingsolver
In the history of the prophetic biblical canon that starts with Genesis, the Koran is by far the most tolerant of the views of other religions.
Reza Aslan
The conditions of a true critique and a true creation are the same: the destruction of an image of thought which presupposes itself and the genesis of the act of thinking in thought itself. Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter
Gilles Deleuze
The vocation of being a ‘protector’ [. . .] means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us [. . .] In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!
Pope Francis
The evolution of the capitalist style of life could be easily – and perhaps most tellingly – described in terms of the genesis of the modern Lounge Suit.
Joseph A. Schumpeter
I really wanted the first record to be different from what I’d done with Genesis, so we were trying to do things in different styles.
Peter Gabriel
The main subject in the Bible from the beginning of Genesis through Revelation is none other than Jesus.
Charles E. Fuller
When I start writing, the first line might come from reality, but the second and the third one, I have to write it. So this is the genesis of my creation. If I want to know what happens, if I want to find out the secret, I have to write it.
Pedro Almodovar
My very first system was the Sega Genesis back when I was 7 or 8 years old. I played that into the ground. Like, my parents had to confiscate it and put it in attic, the whole thing.
Marie Lu
No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth’.
C. S. Lewis
A Creator must exist. The Big Bang ripples and subsequent scientific findings are clearly pointing to an ex nihilo creation consistent with the first few verses of the book of Genesis.
Henry F. Schaefer, III
The earliest stories in Genesis were not written to tell primeval history. They were written to tell readers about themselves and about God.
Adam Hamilton
Genesis 1…was designed to reflect God, both to reflect God back to God in worship and to reflect God into the rest of creation in stewardship.
N. T. Wright
Everything is not black-and-white . I’m really interested in the gray area – not justifying it, not glorifying it, not condoning it, but at least having people see there’s a genesis for every event in our lives. There’s some divine order to it, whether it’s ugly or beautiful.
Isaiah Washington
In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief.
John Barrymore
If one had to single out the most revolutionary novelty furnished by Qumran, its contribution to our understanding of the genesis of Jewish literary compositions could justifiably be our primary choice.
Geza Vermes
I always look for genuineness. If I feel I can connect with the audience, I will try to develop it. For example, the genesis of ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ was an article published in a magazine.
Mani Ratnam
There is no way that you can read the entire Bible seriously and take every word literally. Contradictions start in the first chapter of Genesis. There are two Creation stories, two stories of the making of Adam and Eve. And that is all right. The Bible is still true.
Madeleine L’Engle
Both of you [Elie Wiesel and Frank Moore Cross] are giants, dare I say nephilim [giants; see Genesis 6:4; Numbers 13:33], in your world.
Hershel Shanks
In their recently aborted struggle to inject Genesis literalism into science classrooms, fundamentalist groups followed their usual opportunistic strategy of arguing two contradictory sides of a question when a supposed rhetorical advantage could be extracted from each.
Stephen Jay Gould
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is God’s “I Will” to every seeker for full salvation of spirit, soul and body.
Kenneth E. Hagin
A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom.
Claudia Jones
I do not think that there is any general statement in the Bible or any part of the account of creation, either as given in Genesis 1 and 2 or elsewhere alluded to, that need be opposed to evolution.
B. B. Warfield
Genesis 9 is where the animals went wild, and God gave them wildness. After the flood, that’s when he made animals wild. Up until that time, everybody was vegetarian.
Phil Robertson
The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the Second Amendment is.
Danny Glover
In the story, which is only a few chapters long in Genesis, Noah never even speaks until after the flood – but when you have Russell Crowe, you’re going to make him speak.
Darren Aronofsky
The creation lives as genesis beneath the visible surface of the work. All intelligent people see this after the fact, but only the creative see it before the fact – in the future.
Paul Klee
Our very genesis was not really a beginning after all, but indeed the product of a personality-Father Mills.
Percy Jewett Burrell
Being at the genesis of the creative process is definitely something I want to keep doing. It’s just such a great buzz.
Chris O’Dowd
I got into the genesis of Star Wars, and the tale seemed to me endlessly fascinating.
Cass Sunstein
The Bible is pregnant with politics. You cannot read the Bible from Genesis through Revelation and go through too many chapters that are not involving politics.
Tony Evans
Nothing like seeing the genesis of the relationship between an instrument and a child.
Keith Urban
The very beginning of Genesis tells us that God created man in order to give him dominion over fish and fowl and all creatures. Of course, Genesis was written by a man, not a horse.
Milan Kundera
Now, if the book of Genesis is an allegory, then sin is an allegory, the Fall is an allegory and the need for a Savior is an allegory – but if we are all descendants of an allegory, where does that leave us? It destroys the foundation of all Christian doctrine-it destroys the foundation of the gospel.
Ken Ham
The only reality we can ever truly know is that of our perceptions, our own consciousness, while that consciousness, and thus our entire reality, is made of nothing but signs and symbols. Nothing but language. Even God requires language before conceiving the Universe. See Genesis: “In the beginning was the Word.
Alan Moore
Oklahoma City, Katrina… those happened to other unfortunate people. But 9/11, that happened to us all. And that was pretty much the genesis of ‘Reign Over Me.’
Mike Binder
Fear is the genesis of most of the good things that have occurred in my life. Fear is the beginning of every success I’ve lived.
Georges St-Pierre
The idea of the split personality is as old as Genesis. For a start, Eve was manufactured from Adam’s rib. Then there’s Cain and Abel, twins at war. They were followed by Esau and Jacob, likewise divisible into hairy and smooth types.
Clive Sinclair
I love video games. I had a Sega Genesis and a Nintendo 64 growing up, and I’ve had every ‘NBA Live’ that has ever come out.
LaMarcus Aldridge
I don’t have a problem believing in God and Jesus. But in Genesis one has to wonder about these sentences that just go on and end without finishing. The thought is unfinished. Where did Adam go? What is he doing? Hello? There has to be some pages missing.
Bill Cosby
Genesis 50:20 applies to every area of life.
Rick Warren
…the subject, the thing itself, is the genesis of all types of photography.
Bill Jay
When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch horror movies at all. And actually, one of the genesis points for ‘Mandy’ and ‘Black Rainbow’ was this memory I have of being in video stores, reading the backs of videos and looking at the art, imagining some kind of non-existent imaginary film based on that.
Panos Cosmatos
The only accounting we had of the origins and the structure of nature was Biblical Genesis.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The attempt to close the gap between what is known and what IS, is the temptation behind the apple in Genesis.
Barry Lopez
Bjork for sure. Definitely, I would like to do like something with Tommy Genesis, too. There’s a lot of people actually.
We’ve undergone a very heavy level of scrutiny by review boards because of Genesis and because of the Columbia accident. . . . It was a cultural shift in NASA, that you’re now required to understand all the risks.
Donald E. Brownlee
The range of circumstances in which it is possible to presuppose the presence of a combination is very limited. The presence of such circumstances is the reason for the genesis of the idea in the master’s brain.
Emanuel Lasker
To the artist, the Book of Genesis is an account of six days in which God suggested some really good ideas.
Robert Breault
People get anxious about dividing sorts of poetry, say Confessionalism from political poetry. But Confessionalism is very much an expression of racial privilege and of class privilege. I don’t think it’s always a blind expression of these privileges but it does have its genesis in them, in the politics of them.
Shane McCrae
Passion is the genesis of genius.
Tony Robbins
I enquire now as to the genesis of a philologist and assert the following: 1. A young man cannot possibly know what Greeks and Romans are. 2. He does not know whether he is suited for finding out about them.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It is quite exciting, incidentally, to know that the Genesis account of the creation of mankind through its first parentage in Adam and Eve bears the marks of derivation from the primary Egyptian symbolic depiction.
Alvin Boyd Kuhn
Being closer to the genesis of this whole period, it captured the importance of the concept of making contact and accurately depicted the paranoia of the time. It’s an excellent film.
Dwight Schultz
The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.
In accordance with the divine wisdom, genesis can only take place through destruction.
When I left Genesis, I just wanted to be out of the music business. I felt like I was just in the machinery. We knew what we were going to be doing in 18 months or two years ahead. I just did not enjoy that.
Peter Gabriel
In my youth,geology was nervously striving to accommodate itself to Genesis. Now it is Genesis that is striving to accommodate itself to geology.
Goldwin Smith
It seems to me that readers sometimes make the genesis of a poem more mysterious than it is (by that I perhaps mean, think of it as something outside their own experience).
James Schuyler
Roots of the weed sucked first life from the genesis of earth and hold the essence of it still. Always the weed returns; the cultured plant retreats before it.
Beryl Markham
All the great crimes of history, lest we forget, have their genesis in the moral wilderness of their times.
Eskinder Nega
It’s time for a new Reformation in the Church–to call the Church back to the authority of the Word of God, beginning in Genesis.
Ken Ham
Of course, the genesis of a good portion of the gridlock in Congress does not reside in Congress itself. Ultimate reform will require each of us, as voters and Americans, to take a long look in the mirror, because in many ways, our representatives in Washington reflect the people who have sent them there.
Evan Bayh
While I began writing ‘Rules of Civility’ in 2006, the genesis of the book dates back to the early 1990s, when I happened upon a copy of ‘Many Are Called,’ the collection of portraits that Walker Evans took on the New York City subways in the late 1930s with a hidden camera.
Amor Towles
The signing of the Sex Pistols was a turning point for Virgin. It put the company on the map and, over the years, attracted bands such as Genesis, the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, and Janet Jackson. It also attracted Culture Club, who were ground-breaking.
Richard Branson
When the first list was being drawn up in the rock and roll book of Genesis, it would have been: In the beginning, God created Pink Floyd.
Rick Wakeman
The prominence given to our nation as a rainbow country has its genesis and credence in our ‘Calaloo culture’ of which our East Indian brothers and sisters have played a principal part.
Anthony Carmona
Each thing leapfrogs. I do a Genesis project – like now, we’re just finishing off an album – and then by the time the album is doing its thing, I could do nothing or I could do a film.
Phil Collins
Genesis 1 logs God’s commitment to excellence when it says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (v. 31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the best attitude, the best integrity, and be the best in dependability.
R. Kent Hughes
I was born from nothing and to nothing I will return. And yet, when i say the word nothing, when i admit, at last, ‘I am nothing,’ i feel mysteriously like something again, ground zero, genesis, the pull of possibilities.
Lauren Slater
Why, in the scriptures of the Bible and Holy Qur’an, did God create man first? I believe that we are in the genesis or the beginning or the birth of a new world order, so then man and woman have to be made new again.
Louis Farrakhan
I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That’s the genesis of all my work.
Manuel Puig
The apple was the first fruit of the world according to Genesis, but it was no Cox’s Orange Pippin. God gave the crab apple and left the rest to man.
Jane Grigson
My greatest reward is knowing for certain, as I do with many other acts and artistes, that without Jonathan King being alive and involved, Genesis would not exist, and the guys would have had careers as intended – as accountants and lawyers!
Jonathan King
The history of the genesis or the old mythology repeats itself in the experience of every child. He too is a demon or god thrown into a particular chaos, where he strives ever to lead things from disorder into order.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creation stories, so central in the religions of the Middle East, play a surprisingly marginal part in Greek myth. The Greeks had nothing to set alongside the resounding ‘In the beginning’ in the book of Genesis, where one eternal God creates the universe out of nothing.
Neil MacGregor
My high school science teacher once told me that much of Genesis is false. But since my high school teacher did not prove he was God by rising from the dead, I’m going to believe Jesus instead.
Andy Stanley
Everyone I talk to has a Genesis story to tell.
Mike Rutherford
It is easier and much more satisfying to rail against the Right than to suggest that we go back to Genesis 1 and study together. Liberals can be just as intolerant as fundamentalists, and we have arrived at a moment in human history when intolerance and hope are mutually exclusive.
Robin Meyers
Individual stories from the Bible had been made into movies, but no one had taken on the arc of the Bible story as one meta-narrative from Genesis to Revelation.
Roma Downey
The work is different in the sense that I haven’t had to travel round the world raising money, or work from the genesis of the project. But the collaboration feels clear always, it’s sort of my drug, I’m in it for the conversation. The conversation’s the most important part of it.
Tilda Swinton
Everything is not black-and-white. I’m really interested in the gray area – not justifying it, not glorifying it, not condoning it, but at least having people see there’s a genesis for every event in our lives. There’s some divine order to it, whether it’s ugly or beautiful.
Isaiah Washington
In my productive activity, every time a type grows beyond the stage of its genesis, and I have about reached the goal, the intensity gets lost very quickly, and I have to look for new ways.
Paul Klee
When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.
Pope Francis
The Hubble Law is one of the great discoveries in science; it is one of the main supports of the scientific story of Genesis.
Robert Jastrow
God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.
Arthur C. Clarke
I can’t believe the world was created in six days. I do not take Genesis or Revelation literally. I AM OUT. I am alone. I am an outsider for Christ. I will study my Bible, and pray to God in private and alone. I have no other choice.
Anne Rice
For, to my mind, this is a certain principle, that nothing is here treated of but the visible form of the world. He who would learn astronomy, and other recondite arts, let him go elsewhere. (on commenting the text of Genesis 1:6)
John Calvin
Creation stories had never been regarded as historically accurate; their purpose was therapeutic. But once you start reading Genesis as scientifically valid, you have bad science and bad religion.
Karen Armstrong
One must conclude that, contrary to the established and current wisdom, a scenario describing the genesis of life on earth by chance and natural causes which can be accepted on the basis of fact and not faith has not been written.
Hubert Yockey
We believe that all men are the spirit children of God, created in his image. This concept is supported by the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Hugh B. Brown
What Francis [Collins] was just saying about Genesis was, of course, a little private quarrel between him and his Fundamentalist colleagues. It would be unseemly for me to enter in except to suggest that he’d save himself an awful lot of trouble if he just simply ceased to give them the time of day.
Richard Dawkins
There are sincere believers who interpret Genesis 1 and 2 in a very literal way that is inconsistent, frankly, with our knowledge of the universe’s age or of how living organisms are related to each other.
Richard Dawkins
In the most important sense a creationist is a person who believes in creation, and that includes people who believe that Genesis is a myth and that creation involved a process called evolution and consumed billions of years.
Phillip E. Johnson
I remember going to a son’s friend’s bar mitzvah, and the text that he chose to explicate was right at the beginning of Genesis. It was not about a fall from grace or a fall from perfection; it was about an awakening into consciousness, which is what it means to be human.
Claire Messud
I like Sonic and all those types of games, and Sega Genesis.
Roy Hibbert
…the Genesis story is just one that happened to have been adopted by one particular tribe of Middle Eastern herders. It has no more special status than the belief of a particular West African tribe that the world was created from the excrement of ants.
Richard Dawkins
The only Bible-honoring conclusion is, of course, that Genesis 1-11 is actual historical truth, regardless of any scientific or chronological problems thereby entailed.
Henry M. Morris
Society is no more indulgent than was the God of Genesis.
Honore de Balzac
The creation message has matured over the past three decades, as the discernment and understanding of creationist leaders has matured. More and more, the emphasis is on the foundational issue: compromise of Genesis ultimately undermines the gospel itself.
Ken Ham
In Genesis we saw ourselves as song-writers. After Peter Gabriel left I was the first to say: ‘It’s OK – we can just do instrumentals.’
Phil Collins
I grew up playing the games, man, back when it was just Nintendos and Sega Genesis.
Yo Gotti
My taste comes from when I was 12 years old and saw Genesis or Laurie Anderson or some performance artist who had put paint on himself. I’ve seen a lot of theater, but that’s not what woke up my taste to become a director; nontheatrical things were much more theatrical than the theater I was seeing.
Robert Lepage
Wherever love comes from, whatever is its genesis, it isn’t like a quantity of gold or diamonds, even water in the earth-a fixed quantity, Fos thought. You can’t use up love, deplete it at its source. Love exists beyond fixed limits. Beyond what you can see or count.
Marianne Wiggins
I’ve been playing hockey games since the Sega Genesis way back when.
Joe Thornton
Why do we wear clothes? Genesis!
Ken Ham
‘Paranormal Activity’ was the first of our independently made/studio-released films. It was also the ultimate low-budget high-concept movie, which is what we are always looking for. ‘Paranormal Activity’ was the genesis of our model, of which I am so proud.
Jason Blum
I think this reason why girls don’t do well on multiple choice tests goes all the way back to the Bible, all the way back to Genesis, Adam and Eve. God said, ‘All right, Eve, multiple choice or multiple orgasms, what’s it going to be?’ We all know what was chosen.
Rush Limbaugh