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Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

It is hardly to be believed how spiritual reflections when mixed with a little physics can hold people's attention and give them a livelier idea of God than do the often ill-applied examples of his wrath.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Some plague the people with too long sermons; for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.


He preaches well that lives well.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

A minister asked a little boy how to get to the Post Office. After the little boy told him, the minister said, Why don't you come to church tonight? I'm giving instructions on how to get to heaven. After thinking a minute, the boy replied, I don't think so. You don't even know how to get to the Post Office.

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The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.