Quotes of Ceremony

“ There is a good reason they cal these ceremonies 'commencement exercises' Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. ”

- Orrin Hatch

“ A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. ”

- Robert Orben

“ 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

“ Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ 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

“ Sow good services; sweet remembrances will grow them. ”

- Madame De Stall

“ 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

“ A wedding is the formality a man has to go through before going to work for a new boss. ”

- Evan Esar

“ Commemoration of Martyrs of Japan, 1597 The Christian must be consumed with the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546 Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime. ”

- Martin Luther

“ Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951 One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. ”

- Amy Carmichael

“ Commemoration of Margery Kempe, Mystic, after 1433 One can say: "I will, but my body does not obey me"; but not: "My will does not obey me". ”

- St. Augustine

“ Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690 I find more marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever. ”

- Isaac Newton

“ Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945 Every contrition for sin is apt to encourage a not quite charitable wish that other people should exhibit a similar contrition. ”

- Charles Williams

“ The only thing you will take through those pearly gates is what you have given away. ”

- Marcia Moore

“ Psychological trauma leaves its effects in a multiplicity of observances; in my case it is inebriation. ”

- Greg Evans

“ Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat. ”

- Robert Anson Heinlein

“ This is a confirmation proceeding, however, not a coronation. ”

- Russ Feingold

“ It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them… ”

- Sun Bear

“ Feast of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093 Commemoration of Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240 We get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. ”

- A. W. Tozer

“ True and genuine worship is when man, through his spirit attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts… ”

- William Barclay

“ Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915 A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave one with an intense social consciousness, if it does not fill one with a sense of overwhelming responsibility for the world. It has been said… ”

- William Barclay

“ Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624 Having tried, we must hold fast the loss of a crown (Rev. 3:11); we must not let go for all the fleabitings of the present afflictions, etc. Having bought truth dear, we must not sell it cheap, not the least grain of it for the whole world; no, not for the saving of souls, though our own most precious; least of all for the bitter sweetening of a little vanishing pleasure. ”

- Roger Williams

“ Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 The truth is neither mine nor his nor another's; but belongs to us all whom Thou callest to partake of it, warning us terribly, not to account it private to ourselves, lest we be deprived of it. ”

- St. Augustine

“ Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872 The truth is that every man is in Christ; the condemnation of every man is that he will not own the truth, he will not act as if it were true, that except he were joined with Christ, he could not think, breathe, live a single hour. ”

- Frederick Denison Maurice

“ Commemoration of Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650 I belong to the "Great-God Party", and will have nothing to do with the "Little-God Party." Christ does not want nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible. ”

- C. T. Studd

“ Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901 It may well be that the unknowable name stands for the ultimate mystery of Jesus Christ. His love we can experience; His salvation we can appropriate; His help we can claim; but their remains in Him the divine mystery of the Incarnation, which is beyond our understanding, and before which we can only worship and adore. ”

- William Barclay

“ Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896 Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958 The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at home here on earth. ”

- Malcolm Muggeridge

“ Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285 If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love. ”

- Amy Carmichael
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