Church Quotes

Read the best selected church quotes by some famous people of their times. These church quotes will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.


The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down. Robert Green Ingersoll
I'm a priest, not a priestess. ''Priestess'' implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible. Carter Heyward
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook. John Ruskin
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves. Thomas Fuller
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
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
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Sydney Smith
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people. Charlie Shedd
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, ''Anybody been saved here lately?'' Anonymous
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals. Anonymous
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work. Brooks Atkinson
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being. Lyndon B. Johnson
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility. Henry Chadwick
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair. Edward Norman
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal. Vance Havner
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is ''I will see you in the vestry after service.'' Sydney Smith
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us. Anonymous
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke. William Cowper
It is indolence... Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine. Jane Austen
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being. James Joyce
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message. John Paul II
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
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture. Robert Mcafee Brown
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. Ezra Pound
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
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas Carlyle
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership. Charles C. Morrison
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any. William Penn
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. Alice Walker
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull. Vance Havner
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there? George Bernard Shaw
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons. Billy Wilder
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
A Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. L. L. Nash
A Church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there. H. L. Mencken
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always. A. W. Tozer
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman. Henry Fielding
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four. O. S. Hawkins
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
The church exists to train its member through the practice of the presence of God to be servants of others, to the end that Christlikeness may become common property. William Adams Brown
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. Dwight L. Moody
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work. Sean O'Casey
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
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs. Simone Weil
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell? Ohio, Poster In Dayton
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there. Vance Havner
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ. H. L. Mencken
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out. Vance Havner
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
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan. Mary Daly
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose. Sean O'Casey
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop. James Thomson
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church. John R. Mott
He who is near the Church is often far from God. French Proverb
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. Henry Ward Beecher
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his ''simple plan,'' to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can. Sir Francis Doyle
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.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal. Peter T. Forsyth
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion. Fred A. Allen
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God. John Calvin
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her. Dwight L. Moody
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic. Kingsley Amis
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. Charles De Gaulle
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges. George Carey
My own mind is my own church. Thomas Paine
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches. Sir Henry Wotton
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out. Billy Graham
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
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst. Daniel Defoe
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual. John Cheever

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