Quotes of Ceremonial

“ Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner. ”

- Amy Bloom

“ My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day. ”

- Augusten Burroughs

“ Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. ”

- Boris Pasternak

“ Religion is more than rite and ritual. ”

- Yann Martel

“ All men promiscuously do homage to God, but very few truly reverence him. On all hands there is abundance of ostentatious ceremonies, but sincerity of heart is rare. ”

- John Calvin

“ In those rituals which are ministries of grace no man must interpose anything that can alter any part of the institution, or make a change or variety in that which is of divine appointment. ”

- Jeremy Taylor

“ They live only in a world of icons and there they participate in rituals which transmute life itself to a series of grand gestures, as moving as they are absurd. ”

- Angela Carter

“ Funerals are all abstract ceremony. ”

- Chuck Palahniuk

“ Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic. ”

- James Wolcott

“ In our society many of the old rituals have lost much of their power. New ones have not arisen. ”

- R. D. Laing

“ Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state. ”

- Kathleen Norris

“ Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man. ”

- Amy Vanderbilt

“ Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. ”

- Oliver Goldsmith

“ Names are changed more readily than doctrines, and doctrines more readily than ceremonies. ”

- Thomas Love Peacock

“ Ceremony and ritual spring from our heart of hearts. Those who govern us know it well, for they would sooner deny us bread than dare alter the observance of tradition. ”

- F. Gonzalez Crussi

“ Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip. ”

- John Lennon

“ Piety is not a thinking about coming but a real approach. It is not identical with the performance of rites and ceremonies, but is rather the care and affection put into their performance, the personal touch therein, the offering of life. ”

- Abraham Joshua Heschel

“ I do not want to demonise him and take care in the film not to do that. He was a complex man, full of originality. He was a star on radio and then did all these amazing films. I can not imagine what it would be like to be both blessed and cursed with all that talent. ”

- Geoffrey Rush

“ Everything ritualistic must be strictly avoided, because it immediately turns rotten. Of course a kiss is a ritual too and it isn't rotten, but ritual is permissible only to the extent that it is as genuine as a kiss. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies. ”

- Joseph Wood Krutch

“ It is in the familiar structure of the Mass itself that a Catholic not only encounters but finds himself received into the very gospel itself, day by day, year after year… the entire liturgy is a seamless gospel fabric, so to speak. It is the gospel, in public, ceremonial, ritual, explicit form. ”

- Thomas Howard

“ Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment; it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack to the feast, from the conversation at the local cafe to the speech at a formal dinner. ”

- Roland Barthes
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