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The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.Fred Allen More
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.Jane Austen More
It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.Jane Austen More
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.Henry Ward Beecher More
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.Thomas Carlyle More
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.Samuel Taylor Coleridge More
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.William Cowper More
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.Henry Fielding More
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.Thomas Fuller More
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.Charles de Gaulle More
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.Billy Graham More
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 Maria like 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.Graham Greene More
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
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's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
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.William Hazlitt More
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.Aldous Huxley More
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.Robert G. Ingersoll More
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.Lyndon B. Johnson More
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.Samuel Johnson More
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.James Joyce More
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.Martin Luther King, Jr. More
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.Martin Luther More
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne More
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