Best Quotes about Churches
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.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
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
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.
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.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
My own mind is my own church.
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 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.
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.
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.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
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'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.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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.
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
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 Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
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.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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 first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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 greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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