Sunday, April 27, 2008

Quotes: Christ, Christianity. Christmas.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number is the page on which the quote was found.

Christ, Christianity
Christ 362 "Christ’s death has impressed the world more than his resurrection." Valery. 1942. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Christ 65 "If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be—a Christian." Mark Twain. Portable Curmudgeon.

Christ 65 "The last Christian died on the cross." Nietzsche. Portable Curmudgeon.

Christianity 869 "How can any Christian remain idle, when there is so much evil to be remedied within a morning’s walk of his own home?" Hawthorne: “A Good Man’s Miracle”

Christianity 16 "No kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ." Montesquieu. 1721. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Christianity 102 The religion that proclaims 'peace on earth' has not put an end to war. "That amiable religion which ‘proclaims peace on earth,’ hath not as yet made war to cease." James Boswell. “On War.” 1777. Gross, ed. Essays.

Christianity 578 White Christians have not done much to help their brothers, the Negroes. "The [white Christian] religion seems to have sent few peaceful messages to them [whites] insofar as their brothers in Christ, the Negroes, are concerned." Elizabeth Hardwick. “The Apotheosis of Martin Luther King.” 1968. Gross, ed. Essays.

Christianity 631 Gargoyles on the Cathedral at Chartres seem to advertise the devil in the Catholic religion. "…gargoyles [on the Cathedral at Chartres] jutting out of the stone and seeming to say that God and the devil can never be divorced." James Baldwin. “Stranger in the Village.” 1953. Gross, ed. Essays.

Christmas
Christmas 84 "He [Grandfather] read the chapters from Saint Matthew about the birth of Christ, and as we listened, it all seemed like something that happened lately and near at hand." Cather, My √Āntonia

Christmas 351 Christmas is a secular festival dedicated to the innocence of children and the goodness of mankind. " ...Christmas, not a mass or a sermon but a secular festival to the innocence of children and the goodness of mankind." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Christmas 351 The simple message of Christ's birth. "Christmas: What we celebrate is the birth of a child into a time of dissension and oppression and a world of cruelty and suspicion, one who grew up to teach peace and justice and love of fellow man...as simple as that." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Christmas 352 At Christmas we celebrate the hope and dream of peace on earth. "Christmas: But what we are really celebrating is the obscure birth of one who lived, and died, for a simple creed [peace, justice, and love of fellow man], so simple that we still find it difficult to accept complete; we celebrate the hope, the dream." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Christmas tree 347 The pines were old millions of years ago when millions of years had no meaning. "For the pines and their whole family were old when the first man saw them, millions of years old…even at a time when millions of years had no meaning." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

Christmas tree 347 The Christmas tree celebrates green at a time of gray winds, white frost and white snow. "…we are reaching for reassurance, for the beauty of the living green but also for that green itself, the green of life that outlasts the gray winds, the white frosts, and the glittering snow of winter." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

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