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Church

A church is an association of people who share a particular belief system, particularly used in Christianity. The Christian concept "Church" (Greek εκκλησία — ekklesia, ref. Strong's Concordance — 1577) is mentioned in the New Testament, of the 114 occurrences. The Greek term εκκλησία — ekklesia, which literally means a "convocation", was a governmental and political term, used to denote a national assembly.

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  • 'Where God hath a temple, the devil will have a chapel.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part III, Section IV. Memb. 1. Subsec. I.
  • "What is a church?" Let Truth and reason speak,
    They would reply, "The faithful, pure and meek,
    From Christian folds, the one selected race,
    Of all professions, and in every place."
  • What is a church?—Our honest sexton tells,
    'Tis a tall building, with a tower and bells.
  • And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
    • Jesus as quoted in Mt 16:18, Revised Standard Version, English translation from Koine Greek, though the original saying may have been in the Aramaic language which was spoken widely in Palestine at that time. The analysis of this passage has been disputed between Rome Catholic and other denominations.
  • Είς μίαν, αγίαν, καθολικήν καί αποστολικήν Έκκλησίαν.
  • Wir haben also als Missverständnis: […] eine kirchliche Ordnung, mit Priesterschaft, Theologie, Cultus, Sakramenten; kurz, alles das, was Jesus von Nazareth bekämpft hatte. (Original: German)
    • We therefore have a misunderstanding: [...] a church order with priesthood, theology, cult and sacraments; shortly, everything Jesus of Nazareth fought against.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Nachlass, KSA 13: 11[295].
  • Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame,
    Will never mark the marble with his Name.
  • There is no family in America without a clock, and consequently there is no fair pretext for the usual Sunday medley of dreadful sounds that issues from our steeples.
  • "I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty, and paralysis to human thought"
  • The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 117-119.
  • The nearer the church, the further from God.
    • Bishop Andrews, Sermon on the Nativity before James I (1622). Proverb quoted by Fuller, Worthies, II. 5. (Ed. 1811).
  • To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.
    • As quoted by Spenser, 'Shepherd's Calendar (July, 1579). Douse Manuscript, 52. 15 (1450). See Murray, N.E.D. Used by Swift, Legion Club. Note. Heywood, Proverbs. Given also in Ray as French. Known to Germans and Italians.
  • Where Christ erecteth his church, the divell in the same church-yarde will have his chappell.
    • George Bancroft, Anti-Puritan Sermon (Feb. 9, 1588). Martin Luther, Von den Conciliis und Kirchen, Werke, 23. 378. (Ed. 1826). Melbancke, Philotimus. Sig. E. 1. Charles Aleyn, Historie of that Wise and Fortunate Prince Henrie (1638), p. 136. Dr. John Dove, The Conversion of Salomon. Attributed to Erasmus by Franz Horn, Die Poesie und Beredsamkeit der Deutschen, Book I, p. 35. (1822). William Roe, Christian Liberty (1662), p. 2.
  • Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman
    Who came of decent people;
    He built a church in Dublin town,
    And on it put a steeple.
  • Pour soutenir tes droits, que le ciel autorise,
    Abîme tout plutôt; c'est l'esprit de l'Église.
    • To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church.
    • Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Lutrin, Chant I. 185.
  • An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars.
  • Whenever God erects a house of prayer
    The devil always builds a chapel there;
    And 'twill be found, upon examination,
    The latter has the largest congregation.
    • Daniel Defoe, True Born Englishman, Part I, line 1. Note in first Edition says it is an English proverb. Omitted in later editions.
  • God never had a church but there, men say,
    The devil a chapel hath raised by some wiles,
    I doubted of this saw, till on a day
    I westward spied great Edinburgh's Saint Giles.
  • Die Kirch' allein, meine lieben Frauen,
    Kann ungerechtes Gut verdauen.
  • It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.
  • No sooner is a temple built to God but the devil builds a chapel hard by.
  • When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.
    God is more there than thou: for thou art there
    Only by his permission. Then beware,
    And make thyself all reverence and fear.
  • Well has the name of Pontifex been given
    Unto the Church's head, as the chief builder
    And architect of the invisible bridge
    That leads from earth to heaven.
  • 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.
  • A beggarly people,
    A church and no steeple.
    • Attributed to Malone by Swift. See Prior's Life (1860). 381. Of St. Ann's Church, Dublin.
  • It was founded upon a rock.
    • Matthew, VII. 25.
  • As like a church and an ale-house, God and the devell, they manie times dwell neere to ether.
    • Nashe, Works, III. Have with you to Saffron Walden. Same idea in his Christ's Teares. Works, IV, 57. Dekker, Rauens Almanacke, Works, IV. 221.
  • There can be no church in which the demon will not have his chapel.
  • Non est de pastu ovium quæstio, sed de lana.
    • It is not about the pasture of the sheep, but about their wool.
    • Pope Pius II.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere.
    • A good shepherd shears his flock, not flays them.
    • Suetonius. Attributed by him to Tiberius Cæsar, Life 32.
  • The itch of disputation will break out
    Into a scab of error.
  • See the Gospel Church secure,
    And founded on a Rock!
    All her promises are sure;
    Her bulwarks who can shock?
    Count her every precious shrine;
    Tell, to after-ages tell,
    Fortified by power divine,
    The Church can never fail.
  • Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies.
    • The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
    • Sir Henry Wotton, A Panegyric to King Charles. (Inscribed on his tomb).

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