Best Quotes about Churches
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
Tozer, A. W.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
Mencken, H. L.
The church exists to train its member through the practice of the presence of God to be servants of others, to the end that Christlikeness may become common property.
Brown, William Adams
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
King Jr. Martin Luther
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.
Hawkins, O. S.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
Shaw, George Bernard
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
I'm a priest, not a priestess. Priestess implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible.
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
It is indolence... Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.
Doyle, Sir Francis
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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