Best Quotes about Churches
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
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.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
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 think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
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
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
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.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
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 church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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 who is near the Church is often far from God.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
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 problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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.
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.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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
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.
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.
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.
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
My own mind is my own church.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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.
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
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
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.
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.
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.
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