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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

 

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I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
~ George Carey

 

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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

 

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I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
~ Billy Wilder

 

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I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
~ Brooks Atkinson

 

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I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
~ Sydney Smith

 

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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

 

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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

 

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I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
~ James Thomson

 

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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

 

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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

 

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In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
~ Simone Weil

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
~ William Penn

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
~ Thomas Fuller

 

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Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
~ Vance Havner

 

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