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"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."
"At least five times...with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died."
"Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you."
"Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."
"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right, and I will be proved right. We are more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock'n'roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"God never gave man a thing to do concerning which it were irreverent to ponder how the Son of God would have done it."
"Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car."
"Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire."
"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"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."
"I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism."
"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."
"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."
"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."
"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."
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