Best Quotes about Churches
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
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
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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.
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
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.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Moody, Dwight L.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
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.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
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.
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 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.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
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
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