A Quote by John Donne on ambition, contentment, doctors, funerals, satisfaction, and sermons

When my mouth shall be filled with dust, and the worm shall feed, and feed sweetly upon me, when the ambitious man shall have no satisfaction if the poorest alive tread upon him, nor the poorest receive any contentment in being made equal to princes, for they shall be equal but in dust. *Called by His Majesty's household the Doctors Own Funeral Sermon

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: XXVI Sermons, 1661, Death's Duel, last sermon, February 15, 1631*

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A Quote by John Donne on christ, death, discovery, home, joy, lies, love, music, paradise, saints, sermons, soul, and yielding

Since I am coming to that holy room Where, with thy choir of saints for evermore I shall be made thy music, as I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think here before. Whilst my physicians by their love are grown Cosmographers, and I their map, who lie Flat on this bed, that by them may be shown That this is my southwest discovery, PER FRETUM FEBRIS, by these straits to die, I joy that in these straits I see my west; For though their currents yield return to none, What shall my west hurt me? As west and east In all flat maps (and I am one) are one, So death doth touch the resurrection. Is the Pacific Sea my home? Or are The eastern riches? Is Jerusalem? Anyan, and Magellan, and Gibraltar, All straits, and none but straits, are ways to them, Whether where Japhet dwelt, or Cham, or Shem. We think that Paradise, and Calvary, Christ's cross, and Adam's tree, stood in one place; Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me; As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam's blood my soul embrace. So, in his purple wrapp'd receive me, Lord, By these his thorns give me his other crown; And as to others' souls I preached thy word, Be this my text, my sermon to mine own: "Therefore, that he may raise, the Lord throws down."

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness [written c. 1623 or I63I], St. 1

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A Quote by John Burroughs on nature and sermons

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

Source: Time and Change, 1912, The Gospel of Nature

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A Quote by John Adams on christianity, purity, religion, and sermons

Conclude not from all this that I have renounced the Christian religion. . . . Far from it. I see in every page something to recommend Christianity in its purity, and something to discredit its corruptions. . . . The ten commandments and the sermon on the mount contain my religion.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: To Jefferson, November 4, 1816.

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A Quote by James Earl Jones on ability, achievement, feeling, language, literature, mind, sermons, and sharing

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.

James Earl Jones (1931 -)

Source: Voices and Silences (1993)

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A Quote by J. B. Phillips on belief, god, good, injustice, jesus, kindness, laws, love, mankind, nature, needs, risk, sermons, and sons

Jesus once declared that God is "good to the ungrateful and the wicked" (St. Luke 6:35), and I remember preaching a sermon on this text to a horrified and even astonished congregation who simply refused to believe (so I gathered afterwards) in this astounding liberality of God. That God should be in a state of constant fury with the wicked seemed to them only right and proper, but that God should be kind towards those who were defying or disobeying His laws seemed to them a monstrous injustice. Yet I was but quoting the Son of God Himself, and I only comment here that the terrifying risks that God takes are part of His Nature. We do not need to explain or modify His unremitting love towards mankind.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on pride and sermons

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by George William Curtis on chance, faith, god, good, heart, life, peace, and sermons

I think that to have known one good, old man-one man, who, through the chances and mischances of a long life, has carried his heart in his hand, like a palm-branch, waving all discords into peace-helps our faith in God, in ourselves, and in each other more than many sermons,

George William Curtis (1824 - 1892)

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A Quote by George Herbert on sermons


A verse may find him who a sermon flies.

George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

Source: The Temple. The Church Porch

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on poverty and sermons

Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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