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





I like his holiness very much, particularly since an order, which I understand he has lately given, that no more miracles shall be performed.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


For them it's out-of-date and outmoded to perform miracles; teaching the people is too like hard work, interpreting the holy scriptures is for schoolmen and praying is a waste of time; to shed tears is weak and womanish, to be needy is degrading; to suffer defeat is a disgrace and hardly fitting for one who scarcely permits the greatest of kings to kiss the toes of his sacred feet; and finally, death is an unattractive prospect, and dying on a cross would be an ignominious end.


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


Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money.


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


Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.


Pope John V


I wouldn't take the Pope too seriously. He's a Pole first, a pope second, and maybe a Christian third.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


The Pope? How many divisions has he got?


Joseph Stalin (1879-1953, Georgian-born Soviet leader)


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