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There is one grand, all-comprehending church; and if I am a Christian, I belong to it, and no man can shut me out of it.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Essays

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, Table Talk, 1686

An humble spire, pointing heavenward from an obscure church, speaks of man's nature, man's dignity, man's destiny, more eloquently than all the columns and arches of Greece and Rome, the mausoleums of Asia, or the pyramids of Egypt.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts

The nearer the Church the further from God.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Sermon on the Nativity before James I

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

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Every day, people are straying away from the church and going back to God.

LENNY BRUCE, The Essential Lenny Bruce

That a mouse of scandal whisks its foolish tail across the church's floor is not sufficient cause for clamorous leaping out of its windows.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Once I returned to the Church and began to see the universe as a place that really did incorporate redemption and really tried to understand the implications of there being a God, my identification with the vampires as outcasts, as outsiders and lost souls began to totally wane. It no longer worked for me. I had done it. It had led me to this point.

ANNE RICE, BookPage interview, Nov. 2005

Where Christ erecteth his church, the devil in the same churchyard will have his chapel.

RICHARD BANCROFT, sermon preached at Paul's Cross, Feb. 9, 1589

Some keep the Sabbath going to church;
I keep it staying at home,
With a bobolink for a chorister,
And an orchard for a dome.

EMILY DICKINSON, Some keep the Sabbath going to Church

The church is precisely that against which Jesus preached -- and against which he taught his disciples to fight.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, unpublished fragment, Nov. 1887

Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.

EMILE ZOLA

The True Church can never fail
For it is based upon a rock.

T.S. ELIOT, The Hippopotamus

The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without.

T.S. ELIOT, The Rock

It wasn't that she had anything against the faith of the New Testament; left alone, it would be a tender and compassionate religion.... No, what Adelia objected to was the Church's interpretation of God as a petty, stupid, moneygrubbing, retrograde, antediluvian tyrant who, having created a stupendously varied world, had forbidden any inquiry into its complexity, leaving His people flailing in ignorance.

ARIANA FRANKLIN, Mistress of the Art of Death

The Church must be intelligible to the simple as well as to the shrewd.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, A City Set on a Hill

No church can be prospered in which all the ministration comes from the pulpit.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

I'm more spiritual than I am religious. I don't go to church; I go to the beach.

PAULA DEEN, Good Housekeeping, Nov. 2009

Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.

MARK TWAIN, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

The true Church is not an institution to be kept apart from the world because the world "is common and unclean," but a vital heart of truth and love, beating with the life of Jesus, and sending abroad its sanctifying pulsations until nothing shall be common and unclean.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Behind this Church, made out of the blood and bricks you see before you, there is another Church, infinite and invisible, whose flags are raised towards heaven. This Church lives in the hearts of the millions of the faithful who love Christ and his message. It will be reborn from its ashes and fill the world.

JUAN GOMEZ-JURADO, God's Spy

The church is no more religion than the masonry of the aqueduct is the water that flows through it.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

The Church is a conspiracy to corrupt men's morals.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its steeples.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August

The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.

CHARLES H. SPURGEON, attributed, Deciduous Belief

There is no salvation outside the church.

ST. AUGUSTINE, De Baptismo

The church is important only as it ministers to purity of heart and life; and every church which so ministers is a good one; no matter how, when, or where it grew up; no matter whether it worship on its knees, or on its feet, or whether its ministers are ordained by pope, bishop, presbyter, or people; these are secondary things, and of no comparative moment. The church which opens on heaven is that, and that only, in which the spirit of heaven dwells. The church where worship rises to God's ear is that, and that only, where the soul ascends. No matter whether it be gathered in cathedral or barn; whether it sit in silence or send up a hymn; whether the minister speak from carefully prepared notes, or from immediate, fervent, irrepressible suggestion. If God be loved, and Jesus Christ be welcomed to the soul, and his instructions be meekly and wisely heard, and the solemn purpose grow up to do all duty amidst all conflict, sacrifice, and temptation, then the true end of the church is answered.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts

There are ten church-members by inheritance for one by conviction.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought


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