Best Quotes about Churches
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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 old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
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
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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 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 act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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 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.
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.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
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.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
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
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
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.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight 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.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
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.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
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
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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.
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.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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.
My own mind is my own church.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
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