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The best way of worshiping God is in allaying the distress of the times and improving the condition of mankind.
      - Abulfazzi

The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
      - Hosea Ballou

It is the Mass the matters.
      - Augustine Birrell,
        What, Then, Did Happen at the Reformation?,
        published in "Nineteenth Century", Apr., 1896, answered, July, 1896

It is for the sake of man, not of God, that worship and prayers are required; not that God may be rendered more glorious, but that man may be made better,--that he may be confirmed in a proper sense of his dependent state, and acquire those pious and virtuous dispositions in which his highest improvement consists.
      - Hugh Blair

Ah, why
  Should we, in the world's riper years, neglect
    God's ancient sanctuaries, and adore
      Only among the crowd and under roofs
        That our frail hands have raised?
      - William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn
         (l. 16)

I worship the quicksand he walks in.
      - Art Buchwald

He wales a portion with judicious care;
  And "Let us worship Goat" he says, with solemn air.
      - Robert Burns

He wakes a portion with judicious care;
  And "Let us worship God!" he says, with solemn air.
      - Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night
         (st. 12)

Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the place.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec,. IV, memb. 1, subsec. 5)

The heart ran o'er
  With silent worship of the great of old!--
    The dead, but sceptred sovereigns, who still rule
      Our spirits from their urns.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Manfred (act III, sc. 4)

Man always worships something; always he sees the Infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Goethe's Works

Worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not.
      - Confucius

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
      - Calvin Coolidge

Praise Him, each savage furious beast
  That on His stores do daily feast;
    And you tame slaves, of the laborious plough,
      Your weary knees to your Creator bow.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, in an address

'Tis certain that worship stands in some commanding relation to the health of man, and to his highest powers, so as to be, in some manner, the source of intellect.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't like your way of conditioning and contracting with the saints. Do this and I'll do that! Here's one for t'other. Save me and I'll give you a taper or go on a pilgrimage.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, The Shipwreck

This hour they worship, and the next blaspheme.
      - Sir Samuel Garth

A little bread and wine in a dungeon sufficed for the liturgy of the martyrs.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

What though the spicy breezes
  Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle;
    Though every prospect pleases,
      And only man is vile;
        In vain with lavish kindness
          The gifts of God are strown;
            The heathen in his blindness
              Bows down to wood and stone.
      - Reginald Heber,
        From Greenland's Icy Mountains--Missionary Hymn

Ay, call it holy ground,
  The soil where first they trod,
    They have left unstained, what there they found,--
      Freedom to worship God.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

Remember that God will not be mocked; that it is the heart of the worshiper which He regards. We are never safe till we love Him with our whole heart whom we pretend to worship.
      - Bishop Joseph Henshaw

As the skull of the man grows broader, so do his creeds.
  And his gods they are shaped in his image and mirror his needs.
    And he clothes them with thunders and beauty,
      He clothes them with music and fire,
        Seeing not, as he bows by their altars,
          That he worships his own desire.
      - Donald Marquis (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) ("Don Marquis"),
        The God-Maker, Man

For all of the creeds are false, and all of the creeds are true;
  And low at the shrines where my brothers bow, there will I bow too;
    For no form of a god, and no fashion
      Man has made in his desperate passion,
        But is worthy some worship of mine;
          Not too hot with a gross belief,
            Nor yet too cold with pride,
              I will bow me down where my brothers bow,
                Humble, but open eyed.
      - Donald Marquis (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) ("Don Marquis"),
        The God-Maker, Man

Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
  When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and stones,
    Forget not.
      - John Milton,
        On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

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