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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.
~ Henry Louis Mencken | ( American journalist ) | 1880-1956 | Church
quotes Division : Journalists   
     
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 | ( British poet, critic, and philosopher. ) | 1772-1834 | Church
quotes Division : Critics   
     
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
~ Daniel Defoe | (1661-1731, British Author ) | 1661-1731 | Church
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
~ Henry Louis Mencken | ( American journalist ) | 1880-1956 | Church
quotes Division : Journalists   
     
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 | ( British author. ) | 1894-1963 | Church
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
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 | (English intellectual. ) | 1737-1809 | Church
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
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 | ( Irish-born English satirist. ) | 1667-1745 | Church
quotes Division : Satirists and Cynic   
     
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 | ( Scottish essayist, poet and novelist. ) | 1850-1895 | Church
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
~ Simone Weil | ( French Philosopher ) | 1910-1943 | Church
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
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 | (English novelist. ) | 1775-1817 | Church
quotes Division : Novelists   
     
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
~ William Penn | ( British religious leader. ) | 1644-1718 | Church
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
~ Thomas Fuller | ( British clergyman and author. ) | 1608-1661 | Church
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
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 | ( American poet, critic and intellectual. ) | 1885-1972 | Church
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
My own mind is my own church.
~ Thomas Paine | (English intellectual. ) | 1737-1809 | Church
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
~ John Ruskin | ( English art critic. ) | 1819-1900 | Church
quotes Division : Artists   
     
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
~ Ezra Pound | ( American poet, critic and intellectual. ) | 1885-1972 | Church
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
~ Robert Green Ingersoll | ( American politician and orator. ) | 1833-1899 | Church
quotes Division : Statesmen and politicians   
     
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
~ Henry Ward Beecher | ( American politician. ) | 1813-1887 | Church
quotes Division : Statesmen and politicians   
     
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
~ Fred A. Allen | (American comedian. ) | 1894-1956 | Church
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
~ Thomas Carlyle | ( British historian and essayist. ) | 1795-1881 | Church
quotes Division : Historians   
     
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
~ William Cowper | ( British poet. ) | 1731-1800 | Church
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
~ Voltaire | ( French writer and historian. ) | 1694-1778 | Church
quotes Division : Historians   
     
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 | ( British novelist and philosopher. ) | 1919-1999 | Church
quotes Division : Novelists   
     
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 | ( English art critic. ) | 1819-1900 | Church
quotes Division : Artists   
     
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
~ James Joyce | ( Irish author. ) | 1882-1941 | Church
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
~ Henry Fielding | ( English novelist and dramatist. ) | 1707-1754 | Church
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
~ Samuel Johnson | ( British author. ) | 1709-1784 | Church
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
~ George Bernard Shaw | ( Irish writer. ) | 1856-1950 | Church
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
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 | ( Irish writer. ) | 1856-1950 | Church
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
~ Martin Luther | ( German priest and scholar. ) | 1483-1546 | Church
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
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. | ( American black leader. ) | 1929-1968 | Church
quotes Division : Religious People   
     

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