Best Quotes about Churches
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
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.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
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.
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.
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, Anybody been saved here lately?
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
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.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
Morrison, Charles C.
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
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
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
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
My own mind is my own church.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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