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





The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.


Charles L. Allen (1916-2000, American politician, prohibition candidate for Wisconsin state attorney general, 1922)


The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.


Charles L. Allen (1916-2000, American politician, prohibition candidate for Wisconsin state attorney general, 1922)


Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, and being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: "the Son, O how unlike the Father!" First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.


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


Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


A lot of people say to me, "Why did you kill Christ?" "I dunno... it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know." "We killed him because he didn't want to become a doctor, that's why we killed him."


Lenny Bruce (1925-1966, American comedian)


I love to hear my Lord spoken of, and wherever I have seen the print of His shoe in the earth, there have I coveted to put mine also.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


Each eye can have its vision separately; but when we are looking at anything… our vision, which in itself is divided, joins up and unites in order to give itself as a whole to the object that is put before it.


John Calvin (1509-1564, French protestant reformer)


None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.


Clement of Alexandria (150-215, Greek theologian)


The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being… can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


By a Carpenter mankind was made; and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.


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


Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.


Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-, Soviet President (1988-91))


No man ever loved like Jesus. He taught the blind to see and the dumb to speak. He died on the cross to save us. He bore our sins. And now God says, "Because He did, I can forgive you."


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


Jesus Christ is God's everything for man's total need.


Richard Halverson


Jesus Christ turns life right-side-up, and heaven outside-in.


Carl F. H. Henry


I wouldn't put it past God to arrange a virgin birth if He wanted, but I very much doubt if He would.


David Jenkins (1925-, British ecclesiastic, bishop of Durham)


He comes into the world God knows how, walks on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth. What drivel is this?


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world, which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.


John Knox (1505-1572, Scottish historian, reformer)


Jesus says, "I love you just the way you are. And I love you too much to let you stay the way you are."


Chris Lyons


We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of the whole universe is the cross of Calvary.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


The greatest thing about any civilization is the human person, and the greatest thing about this person is the possibility of his encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.


Charles Malik


Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.


Russell W. Maltby


I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There is but one love of Jesus, as there is but one person in the poor -- Jesus. We take vows of chastity to love Christ with undivided love; to be able to love him with undivided love we take a vow of poverty which frees us from all material possessions, and with that freedom we can love him with undivided love, and from this vow of undivided love we surrender ourselves totally to him in the person who takes his place.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


The word "Christianity" is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-liners.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Only Christ could have conceived Christ.


Joseph Parker


Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing.


William Lyon Phelps


Let us pardon him his hope of a vain apocalypse, and of a second coming in great triumph upon the clouds of heaven. Perhaps these were the errors of others rather than his own; and if it be true that he himself shared the general illusion, what matters it, since his dream rendered him strong against death, and sustained him in a struggle to which he might otherwise have been unequal?


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet -- a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine.


Frederick W. Robertson


Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


The Galilean is not a favorite of mine. So far from owing him any thanks for his favor, I cannot avoid confessing that I owe a secret grudge to his carpentership.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul.


Angelus Silesius


Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God.


St. Athanasius (293-373, Bishop of Alexandria)


I am pretty sure that we err in treating these sayings as paradoxes. It would be nearer the truth to say that it is life itself which is paradoxical and that the sayings of Jesus are simply a recognition of that fact.


Thomas Taylor


I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life.


Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933, American poet, author)


Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus hair was like lamb's wool, I say. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about their God is that his hair kinky.


Alice Walker (1944-, American author, critic)


Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.


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


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