RITUAL QUOTES

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Ritual quote

Ritual is the passage way of the soul into the Infinite.

ALGERNON BLACKWOOD, "Sand"

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Funerals are the rituals we create to help us face the reality of death, to give us a way of expressing our response to that reality with other persons, and to protect us from the full impact of the meaning of death for ourselves. Some funerals fulfill these functions beautifully. Others fail.

ALLA BOZARTH CAMPBELL, Life Is Goodbye, Life is Hello

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Fundamental changes through ritual failure are therefore quite rare, as ritual is a mode of delivery designed to mask the more dynamic, subversive elements of a society. Ritual's association with repetition and an unchanging nature is part of why it works effectively as part of a masking process. Change appears most often during times of 'crises' external to the system that highlights the inner workings of the social order, free from the predefined parameters that ritual provides.

JEFF SANDERS, "The sky almost never falls on your head -- why ritual rarely fails", Ritual Failure: Archaeological Perspectives

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Our comfort in theological traditions should never usurp our desire for spiritual Truth. If we vigorously pursue the rituals rather than a relational experience with God then we've missed His message entirely.

JASON VERSEY, A Walk with Prudence

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We not only nurture our sacred relationships through ritual, but we are nurtured by them as well. In ritual, we move, and we are moved.

ALISON LEIGH LILLY, "Turning the Soil of Soul: Ritual as Celebration", Patheos, February 11, 2016

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Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.

FRANK HERBERT, Dune Messiah

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In our society many of the old rituals have lost much of their power. New ones have not arisen.

R. D. LAING, The Politics of Family and Other Essays

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Ceremonies cemented the impression that Humanity, not Chaos, reigned over the universe.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Atreides

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Ritual is, therefore, a primary site of contact between self and society, a place where our individual selves are transformed into collective selves.

MARK PEDELTY, Musical Ritual in Mexico City: From the Aztec to NAFTA

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This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don't have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn't have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.

ELIZABETH GILBERT, Eat, Pray, Love

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You have to trust someone before you can have rituals with them.

RACHEL KLEIN, The Moth Diaries

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Ritual instructs not only at the level of intellect, as is the case with classroom pedagogy, but also at the level of the soul. Ritual, as a sensorium, produces catharsis. This catharsis of mind, body, and spirit, when successful, is a much deeper sort of pedagogy than the term "learning" normally implies.

MARK PEDELTY, Musical Ritual in Mexico City: From the Aztec to NAFTA

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Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

NEIL GAIMAN, Stardust

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Ritual is a more effective means than law to achieve order.

JONATHAN CHAN, "Ritual, Harmony, and Peace and Order: A Confucian Conception of Ritual", Ritual and the Moral Life: Reclaiming the Tradition

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And in this lies the very grandeur of its worship, that in the "chartered freedom" of our Christian ritual, each nation and community, each separate society and church and individual, lifting up its own note of adoration, all are found to blend in the one accordant anthem, the one manifold yet harmonious tribute of the Universal Church's praise.

JOHN CAIRD, Sermons

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Ritual and ceremony in their due times kept the world under the sky and the stars in their courses. It was astonishing what ritual and ceremony could do.

TERRY PRATCHETT, Discworld: Pyramids

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The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender's inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual.

C. S. LEWIS, A Preface to Paradise Lost

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We must uncover our rituals for what they are: completely arbitrary things, tied to our bourgeois way of life; it is good -- and that is the real theater -- to transcend them in the manner of play, by means of games and irony; it is good to be dirty and bearded, to have long hair, to look like a girl when one is a boy (and vice versa); one must put "in play," show up, transform and reverse the systems which quietly order us about.

MICHEL FOUCAULT, Partisan Review, Volume 38, 1971

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What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry V

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Without the soul, divinely quickened and inspired, the observances of the grandest ritualism are as worthless as the motions of a galvanized corpse.

EDWARD DAVIES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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