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The Best Quotes About Church

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    The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion. Fred Allen

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    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

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    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

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    The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. Henry Ward Beecher

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    The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas Carlyle

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    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

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    The parson knows enough who knows a Duke. William Cowper

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    There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman. Henry Fielding

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    Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves. Thomas Fuller

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    Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. Charles de Gaulle

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    Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out. Billy Graham

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    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

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    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. Vance Havner

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    Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out. Vance Havner

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    The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal. Vance Havner

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    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. Vance Havner

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    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

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    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

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    The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down. Robert G. Ingersoll

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    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

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    This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive. Samuel Johnson

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    There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being. James Joyce

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    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.

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    Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel. Martin Luther

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    Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

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    Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ. H. L. Mencken

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    A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there. H. L. Mencken

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    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. Dwight L. Moody

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    Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. Dwight L. Moody

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    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. Iris Murdoch

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    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. Seán O'Casey

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    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. Seán O'Casey

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    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. Thomas Paine

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    My own mind is my own church. Thomas Paine

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    It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any. William Penn

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    The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. Ezra Pound

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    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. Ezra Pound

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    He who is near the Church is often far from God.

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    Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

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    Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook. John Ruskin

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    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. John Ruskin

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    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. John Selden

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    We sing in a church, why can we not dance there? George Bernard Shaw

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    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. George Bernard Shaw

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    I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Sydney Smith

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    How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service. Sydney Smith

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    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. Robert Louis Stevenson

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    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. Jonathan Swift

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    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. A. W. Tozer

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    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?

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