Best Quotes about Churches
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 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
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
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.
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
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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?
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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
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 problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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.
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.
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
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
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
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.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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.
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.
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 little, round, fat, oily man of God.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
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