Best Quotes about Churches
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
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.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
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.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
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 think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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.
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 priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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 parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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
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.
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.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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.
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.
My own mind is my own church.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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
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 greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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.
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