process during which something comes into being and gains its characteristics
Creation is the act of creating something.
- The major element of creation is love, and the major action of love is Art.
- Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Art and Life
- The Biblical words about the genesis of heaven and earth are not words of information but words of appreciation. The story of creation is not a description of how the world came into being but a song about the glory of the world's having come into being.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel, in The Wisdom of Heschel (1970), p. 150
- I made the earth and created man on it. I stretched out the heavens with my own hands, and I give orders to all their army. For this is what Jehovah says, the Creator of the heavens, the true God, the One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else."
- Book of Isaiah 45:12, 18.
- Man was created for the sole purpose of rejoicing in God and deriving pleasure from the splendor of His Presence; for this is true joy and the greatest pleasure that can be found.
- Creation does not cease
just because there is darkness!
- Not only did the lord make the world appear in its correct form, the lord who never changes the destinies which he determines – Enlil – who will make the human seed of the Land come forth from the earth – and not only did he hasten to separate heaven from earth, and hasten to separate earth from heaven, but, in order to make it possible for humans to grow in "where flesh came forth" [the name of a cosmic location], he first raised the axis of the world at Dur-an-ki. He did this with the help of the hoe -- and so daylight broke forth.
- The genius is childlike. Like children he looks into the world as into a new creation and finds there a perennial source of wonder and delight.
- John Lancaster Spalding, Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 27
- If we find great difficulty from its admirable arrangement in conceiving that the Universe has existed from all eternity, and to resolve this difficulty suppose a Creator, how much more clearly must we perceive the necessity of this very Creator’s creation whose perfections comprehend an arrangement far more accurate and just.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Eusebes and Theosophus
- The nearest we approach God ... is as creative beings. The poet, by echoing the primary imagination, recreates. Through his work he forces those who read him to do the same, thus bringing them ... nearer to the actual being of God as displayed in action.
- R. S. Thomas, in The Penguin Book of Religious Verse (1963), p. 8