Best Quotes about Churches
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
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.
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
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
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.
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 little, round, fat, oily man of 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?
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A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
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.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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 itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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 have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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 believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
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.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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.
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
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.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
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.
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.
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
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 Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
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