Best Quotes about Churches
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.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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.
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.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
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
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'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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
My own mind is my own church.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
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.
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 local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
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.
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.
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?
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.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
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.
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.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
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