An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Protestantism has the method of Jesus with His secret too much left out of mind; Catholicism has His secret with His method too much left out of mind; neither has His unerring balance, His intuition, His sweet reasonableness. But both have hold of a great truth, and get from it a great power.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty - necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and, mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught, give to us an adulterated Christianity.


Olympia Brown (1835-1926, American women's suffrage leader)


If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world's.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


I have a great mind to believe in Christianity; for the mere pleasure of fancying, I may be damned.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.


Herb Caen


What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


With two thousand years of Christianity behind him... a man can't see a regiment of soldiers march past without going off the deep end. It starts off far too many ideas in his head.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


The question is not ''How much may I indulge in and still be saved. God forbid! I must rather ask, ''What about Christ's will and the example I set for my fellow Christians?''


Robert A. Cook


I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.


Patrick Henry (1736-1799, American orator, patriot)


No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus.


Nikki Giovanni (1943-, American poet)


The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


Christianity is either relevant all the time or useless anytime. It is not just a phase of life; it is life itself.


Richard Halverson


Real Christianity is lovely. There is a quality about a Spirit-filled, radiant Christian that draws and attracts others and causes them to "enjoy favor with all the people." The truth is that the gospel is not nearly as offensive as some of its proponents!


O. S. Hawkins


It is only when all our Christian ancestors are allowed to become our contemporaries that the real splendor of the Christian faith and the Christian life begins to dawn upon us.


Lynn Harold Hough


The Christianity which is shared is the Christianity which is convincing.


Lynn Harold Hough


Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


God doesn't have any grandchildren.


Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973, American missionary)


Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Any hope that America would finally grow up vanished with the rise of fundamentalist Christianity. Fundamentalism, with its born-again regression, its pink-and-gold concept of heaven, its literal-mindedness, its rambunctious good cheer... its anti-intellectualism... its puerile hymns... and its faith-healing... are made to order for King Kid America.


Florence E. King (1936-, American author, critic)


The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so! To my own Gods I go. It may be they shall give me greater ease than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Regardless of the day or the hour; whether in seeming good times or bad, the Christian lives in the world for the good of the world and for the sake of the world.


Harold Lindsell


Christian life consists of faith and charity.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Christians are rare people on earth.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to the house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


A good example is far better than a good precept.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that, though it is not true, it has been found necessary to invent it.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


Christianity makes suffering contagious.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Wherever there are walls I shall inscribe this eternal accusation against Christianity upon them -- I can write in letters which make even the blind see. I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty -- I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


What if men take to following where He leads, weary of mumbling Athanasian creeds?


Roden Noel


Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.


Novalis (1772-1801, German poet, novelist)


As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for socialism is its adherents.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


To be like Christ is to be a Christian.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Christianity is a battle not a dream.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


Many people profess Christianity. Very few live it -- almost none. And when you live it people may think you're crazy. It has been truthfully said that the world is equally shocked by one who repudiates Christianity as by one who practices it.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this -- that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made -- not to understand -- but to feel -- as crime.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Faith makes a Christian. Life proves a Christian. Trial confirms a Christian. Death crowns a Christian.


Author Unknown


Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life.


Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984, American author)


Here I swear, and as I break my oath may eternity blast me, here I swear that never will I forgive Christianity! It is the only point on which I allow myself to encourage revenge. Oh, how I wish I were the Antichrist, that it were mine to crush the Demon; to hurl him to his native Hell never to rise again -- I expect to gratify some of this insatiable feeling in Poetry.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Is your Christianity ancient history -- or current events?


Samuel M. Shoemaker


The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


If you make a great deal of Christ, He will make a great deal of you; But it you make but little of Christ, He will make but little of you.


R. A. Torrey


The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.


John R. Stott (1921-, British Anglican clergyman and writer)


If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.


C. T. Studd


But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, [rise and] walk.”


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Sell your belongings and give alms.  Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out: an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.


A. W. Tozer (1897-1963, American preacher)


Christianity, above all, has given a clear-cut answer to the demands of the human soul.


Author Unknown


Don't feel superior just because you go to church, it doesn't make you a Christian.


Author Unknown


One ABC of Christianity: "Always Be Cheerful"


Author Unknown


Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


Christian means coming from Christ. Just as a Californian comes from California and a Bostonian is someone who comes from Boston, A Christian is one who comes from Christ.


Don Walk (American minister)


The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest, savors too much of private interest.


Edmund Waller (1606-1687, British poet)


A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.


Thomas Ybarra


The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.


Leslie Weatherhead


I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries, has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


The spirit of Christian liberality will strengthen as it is exercised.


Ellen G. While


Scratch the Christian and you find the pagan -- spoiled.


Israel Zangwill (1864-1926, British writer)


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