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And she (the Roman Catholic Church) may still exist in undiminished vigor, when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay
In that temple of silence and reconciliation where the enmities of twenty generations lie buried, in the Great Abbey, which has during many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, Warren Hastings
Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.
- George MacDonald
A beggarly people,
A church and no steeple.
- attributed to Malone 381, see Prior's Life
When I go to the house of God I do not want amusement; I want the doctrine which is according to godliness. I want to hear the remedy against the harassing of my guilt and the disorder of my affections. I want to be led from weariness and disappointment to that goodness which filleth the hungry soul. I want to have light upon the mystery of Providence; to be taught how the judgments of the Lord are right; how I shall be prepared for duty and for trial; how I may fear God all the days of my life, and close them in peace.
- John M. Mason
Then might ye see
Cowls, hoods, and habits with their wearers tost
And flutter'd into rags; then reliques, beads,
Indulgences, dispenses, pardons, bulls,
The sport of winds; all these upwhirl'd aloft
Fly to the rearward of the world far off
Into a limbo large and broad, since called
The paradise of fools.
- John Milton
I never yet have known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord's people were divided.
- Dwight Lyman Moody
As like a church and an ale-house, God and the devell, they manie times dwell neere to ether.
- Thomas Nash (Nashe), Works
(III, Have with you to Saffron Walden)
There can be no church in which the demon will not have his chapel.
- Gabriel Paleotti, Compitum
(vol. II, p. 297),
according to K.H. Digby
Look, on this edifice of marble made--
How fair it swells, too beautiful to fade.
See what fine people in its portals crowd,
Smiling and greeting, talking, laughings loud!
What is it? Surely not a gay exchange,
Where wit and beauty social joys arrange;
Not a grand shop, where late Parisian styles
Attract rich buyers from a thousand miles?
But step within; no need of further search.
Behold, admire a fashionable church!
Look how its oriel window glints and gleams,
What tinted light magnificently streams
On the proud pulpit, carved with quaint device,
Where velvet cushions, exquisitely nice,
Press'd by the polish'd, preacher's dainty hands,
Hold a large volume clasp'd by golden bands.
- Benjamin Park
The Church limits her sacramental services to the faithful. Christ gave Himself upon the cross a ransom for all.
- Blaise Pascal
Under the term Church, I understand a body or collection of human persons, professing faith in Christ, gathered together in several places of the world, for worship of the same God, and united into the same corporation.
- Bishop John Pearson
Antedating our history, possessing and illumining the hearts of the founders of liberty in our free land, and constantly exerting the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the gospel of Christ as they fall from Sabbath to Sabbath on the masses of the people, the Christian church stands before all men as the pillar and ground of civil liberty in the world.
- W.H. Perrine
It is not about the pasture of the sheep, but about their wool.
[Lat., Non est de pastu ovium quaestio, sed de lana.]
- Pope Pius II
Some to church repair, not for the doctrine, but the music there.
- Alexander Pope
No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n,
Here brib'd the rage of ill-requited heav'n;
But such plain roofs as Piety could raise,
And only vocal with the Maker's praise.
- Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 137)
Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame,
Will never mark the marble with his Name.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
(ep. III, l. 285)
Promise themselves a name from building churches.
- Thomas Randolph, The Muses’ Looking-glass
(act III, sc. 1)
Men say their pinnacles point to heaven. Why, so does every tree that buds, and every bird that rises as it sings. Men say their aisles are good for worship. Why, so is every mountain glen and rough sea-shore. But this they have of distinct and indisputable glory,--that their mighty walls were never raised, and never shall be, but by men who love and aid each other in their weakness.
- John Ruskin
To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.
- quoted in Edmund Spenser,
Doubts about the fundamentals of the Gospel exist in certain churches, I am told, to a large extent. My dear friends, where there is a warm-hearted church, you do not hear of them. I never saw a fly light on a red-hot plate.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The church may go through her dark ages, but Christ is with her in the midnight; she may pass through her fiery furnace, but Christ is in the midst of the flame with her.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In the true, original, catholic, evangelical religion of Jesus Christ, and in this alone, all the divided religions of Christendom find their union, their repose, their support. Find out His mind, His character, His will; and in His greatness we shall rise above our littleness; in His strength we shall lose our weakness; in His peace we shall forget our discord.
- Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Inland Voyage
A good shepherd shears his flock, not flays them.
[Lat., Boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere.]
- Caius Tranquillus Suetonius, Life (32),
attributed to him by Tiberius Caesar
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