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Cathedrals quotes by Barbara Kingsolver
#1. I struggle with confidence, every time. I'm never completely sure I can write another book. Maybe my scope is too grand, my questions too hard, surely readers won't want to follow me here. A novel is like a cathedral, it knocks you down to size when you enter into it. #Quote by Barbara Kingsolver
Cathedrals quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#2. The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cathedrals quotes by Twyla Tharp
#3. Collaboration is how most of our ancestors used to work and live, before machines came along and fragmented society. Time to plant the fields? Everybody pitched in and got it done. Harvesttime? The community raced to get the crops in before the rains came. Where were those crops stored? In barns built by teams of neighbors. In the cities, the same spirit applied. Anonymous craftsmen spent their lives building cathedrals that wouldn't be completed for generations. #Quote by Twyla Tharp
Cathedrals quotes by Frantz Fanon
#4. You know full well we are exploiters. You know full well we have taken the gold and minerals and then oil from the "new continents," and shipped them back to the old metropolises. Not without excellent results in the shape of palaces, cathedrals, and centers of industry; and then when crisis loomed, the colonial markets were there to cushion the blow or divert it. Stuffed with wealth, Europe granted humanity de jure to all its inhabitants: for us, a man means an accomplice, for we have all profited from colonial exploitation. #Quote by Frantz Fanon
Cathedrals quotes by Philip Johnson
#5. I wish someone would ask me to design a cathedral. #Quote by Philip Johnson
Cathedrals quotes by Martin Rees
#6. As regards my own 'philosophy,' I continue to be inspired by the music, liturgy and architectural tradition of the Anglican Church in which I was brought up. No one can fail to be uplifted by great cathedrals - such as that at Ely, near my home in Cambridge. #Quote by Martin Rees
Cathedrals quotes by Mary Douglas
#7. Inside a religious body you get sects and hierarchies, inside an information network you get bazaars and cathedrals, it is the same, call them what you like. They survive by pointing the finger of blame at each other. #Quote by Mary Douglas
Cathedrals quotes by Diane Paulus
#8. For me, the reason why people go to a mountaintop or go to the edge of the ocean is to look at something larger than themselves. That feeling of awe, of going to a cathedral, it's all about feeling lost in something bigger than oneself. To me, that's the definition of spectacle. #Quote by Diane Paulus
Cathedrals quotes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
#9. The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental. #Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Cathedrals quotes by Khang Kijarro Nguyen
#10. History and beauty lie in the baroque wrinkles of old cathedrals. mosques, synagogues, temples and faces whose stories are told without a single word. #Quote by Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Cathedrals quotes by Julia Cameron
#11. Art used to be made in the name of faith. We made cathedrals, we made stained-glass windows, we made murals. #Quote by Julia Cameron
Cathedrals quotes by John Ruskin
#12. There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals. #Quote by John Ruskin
Cathedrals quotes by Anatoli Boukreev
#13. Mountains are cathedrals: grand and pure, the houses of my religion. I go to them as humans go to worship ... From their lofty summits, I view my past, dream of the future, and with unusual acuity I am allowed to experience the present moment. My strength renewed, my vision cleared, in the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn. #Quote by Anatoli Boukreev
Cathedrals quotes by Georges Bataille
#14. The great monuments are raised up like dams, pitting the logic of majesty and authority against all the shady elements: it is in the form of cathedrals and palaces that Church and State speak and impose silence on the multitudes. #Quote by Georges Bataille
Cathedrals quotes by Caitlin Moran
#15. A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead #Quote by Caitlin Moran
Cathedrals quotes by Jim Butcher
#16. Merlin had, according to legend, created the White Council of Wizards from the chaos of the fall of the Roman Empire. He plunged into the flames of the burning Library of Alexandria to save the most critical texts, helped engineer the Catholic Church as a vessel to preserve knowledge and culture during Europe's Dark Ages, and leapt tall cathedrals in a single bound. #Quote by Jim Butcher
Cathedrals quotes by Rachel Hartman
#17. From some angles, up is toward the earth and down toward the sky, and everything - people, horses, cathedrals, dreams - is suspended over the ceaseless void, barely hanging on. #Quote by Rachel Hartman
Cathedrals quotes by Salman Rushdie
#18. Why do we care about singers? Wherein lies the power of songs? Maybe it derives from the sheer strangeness of there being singing in the world. The note, the scale, the chord; melodies, harmonies, arrangements; symphonies, ragas, chinese operas,jazz, the blues: that such things should exist, that we should have discovered the magical intervals and distances that yield the poor cluster of notes, all within the span of a human hand from which we can build our cathedrals of sound, is alchemical a mystery as mathematics, or wine, or love. Maybe the birds taught us. Maybe not. Maybe we are just creatures in search of exaltation. We don't have much of it. Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many painful ways deficient. Song turns them into something else. Song shows us a world that is worthy of our yearning, it shows us our selves as they might be, if we were worthy of the world. #Quote by Salman Rushdie
Cathedrals quotes by Betty Greene
#19. I believe that love is better than hate. And that there is more nobility in building a chicken coop than in destroying a cathedral. #Quote by Betty Greene
Cathedrals quotes by N.D. Wilson
#20. What is the world? What is it for?
It is an art. It is the best of all possible art, a finite picture of the infinite. Assess it like prose, like poetry, like architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, delta blues, opera, tragedy, comedy, romance, epic. Assess it like you would a Faberge egg, like a gunfight, like a musical, like a snowflake, like a death, a birth, a triumph, a love story, a tornado, a smile, a heartbreak, a sweater, a hunger pain, a desire, a fufillment, a desert, a waterfall, a song, a race, a frog, a play, a song, a marriage, a consummation, a thirst quenched.
Assess it like that. And when you're done, find an ant and have him assess the cathedrals of Europe. #Quote by N.D. Wilson
Cathedrals quotes by Bertrand Russell
#21. Throughout the Middle Ages, Jews had no part in the culture of Christian countries, and were too severely persecuted to be able to make contributions to civilization, beyond supplying capital for the building of cathedrals and such enterprises. It was only among the Mohammedans, at that period, that Jews were treated humanely, and were able to pursue philosophy and enlightened speculation. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Mohammedans were more civilized and more humane than the Christians. Christians persecuted Jews, especially at times of religious excitement; the Crusades were associated with appalling pogroms. In Mohammedan countries, on the contrary, Jews at most times were not in any way ill treated. Especially in Moorish Spain, they contributed to learning; Maimonides (1135–1204), who was born at Cordova, is regarded by some as the source of much of Spinoza's
philosophy.Mohammedan civilization in its great days was admirable in the arts and in many technical ways, but it showed no capacity for independent speculation in theoretical matters. Its importance, which must not be under-rated, is as a transmitter. Between ancient and modern European civilization, the dark ages intervened. The Mohammedans and the Byzantines, while lacking the intellectual energy required for innovation, preserved the apparatus of civilization - education, books, and learned leisure. Both stimulated the West when it emerged from barbarism - the Mohammedans chiefly in the thirteenth century, #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Cathedrals quotes by Paul Blanshard
#22. Religious liberty in a nation is as real as the liberty of its least popular religious minority. Look not to the size of cathedrals or even to the words on the statute books for proof of the reality of religious freedom. Ask what is the fate of the Protestant in Spain, the Jew in Saudi Arabia, the Arab in Israel, the Catholic in Poland or the atheist in the United States. #Quote by Paul Blanshard
Cathedrals quotes by Sonya Levien
#23. All over France, in every city there stand cathedrals like this one, triumphant monuments of the past. They tower over the homes of our people like mighty guardians, keeping alive the invincible faith of the Christian. Every arch, every column, every statue is a carved leaf out of our history, a book in stone, glorifying the spirit of France. #Quote by Sonya Levien
Cathedrals quotes by Pascal Mercier
#24. I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur. I need their imperious silence. I need it against the witless bellowing of the barracks yard and the witty chatter of the yes-men. I want to hear the rustling of the organ, this deluge of ethereal notes. I need it against the shrill farce of marches. #Quote by Pascal Mercier
Cathedrals quotes by John Archibald Wheeler
#25. This is *our* Universe, our museum of wonder and beauty, our cathedral. #Quote by John Archibald Wheeler
Cathedrals quotes by Muriel Barbery
#26. In the same way that cathedrals have always aroused in me the sensation of extreme light-headedness one often feels in the presence of man-made tributes to the glory of something that does not exist, #Quote by Muriel Barbery
Cathedrals quotes by Jamais Cascio
#27. Back in the 1500s, the culture that we had built in the West embraced multigenerational projects quite easily. Notre Dame. Massive cathedrals were not built over the course of a few years, they were built over a few generations. People who started building them knew they wouldn't be finished until their grandson was born. #Quote by Jamais Cascio
Cathedrals quotes by F. Sionil Jose
#28. All through history, a nation or a civilization's enduring glory is articulated by its mega constructions - the pyramids, the lofty cathedrals of the Christian world. #Quote by F. Sionil Jose
Cathedrals quotes by Amitav Ghosh
#29. She had no right to live there. She doesn't belong there. It took those people a long time to build that country; hundreds of years, years and years of war and bloodshed. Everyone who lives there has earned his right to be there with blood: with their brother's blood and their father's blood and their son's blood. They know they're a nation because they have drawn their borders with blood. Regimental flags hang in their cathedrals and all their churches are lined with memorials to men who died in wars, all around the world. War is their religion. That's what it takes to make a country. Once that happens people forget they were born this or that, Muslim or Hindu, Bengali or Punjabi: they become a family born of the same pool of blood. That is what you have to achieve for India, don't you see? #Quote by Amitav Ghosh
Cathedrals quotes by Henry A. Kissinger
#30. Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral. #Quote by Henry A. Kissinger
Cathedrals quotes by Ai Weiwei
#31. Mass production is nothing new. Weren't cathedrals built through mass production? The pyramids? ... Paintings can be painted with the left hand, the right hand, someone else's hand, or many people's hands. The scale of production is irrelevant to its content. #Quote by Ai Weiwei
Cathedrals quotes by Karen Russell
#32. I have friends who are capable of writing a very rough draft and then going back and embroidering - they're sort of the cathedral builders of fiction. I never really know what I'm doing, and all my pleasure's on the level of the line. It's a weird way to move forward. It's kind of like a way to caterpillar your way through these great woods. The best ones, whatever I feel like I'm writing about, some other secret thing will begin to come into focus. #Quote by Karen Russell
Cathedrals quotes by Richard Dawkins
#33. If you have a faith, it is statistically overwhelmingly likely that it is the same faith as your parents and grandparents had. No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth. The convictions that you so passionately believe would have been a completely different, and largely contradictory, set of convictions, if only you had happened to be born in a different place. #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Cathedrals quotes by Caitlin Moran
#34. Everything I am is based on this ugly building on its lonely lawn - lit up during winter darkness; open in the slashing rain - which allowed a girl so poor she didn't even own a purse to come in twice a day and experience actual magic: traveling through time, making contact with the dead - Dorothy Parker, Stella Gibbons, Charlotte Brontë, Spike Milligan.

A library in the middle of a community is a cross be-tween an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate "need" for "stuff." A mall - the shops - are places where your money makes the wealthy wealthier. But a library is where the wealthy's taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary, instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power. #Quote by Caitlin Moran
Cathedrals quotes by Theodore Roosevelt
#35. A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral. #Quote by Theodore Roosevelt
Cathedrals quotes by William Gibson
#36. When we were only several hundred-thousand years old, we built stone circles, water clocks. Later, someone forged an iron spring, set clockwork running, imagined grid-lines on a globe. Cathedrals are like machines defining the soul; bells of clock towers stitch the sleeper's dreams together. You see? So we've always been on our way to this new place ― that is no place, really ― but is real. It's our nature to represent: we're the animal that represents, the sole and only maker of maps. And if our weakness has been to confuse the bright and bloody colors of our calendars with the true weather of days, and the parchment's territory of our maps with the lands spread out before us ― never mind. We've always been on our way to this new place ― that is no place, really ― but is real. #Quote by William Gibson
Cathedrals quotes by Allen R. Hunt
#37. It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist. #Quote by Allen R. Hunt
Cathedrals quotes by Kabir
#38. Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas,
not in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in synagogues,
nor in cathedrals:
not in masses,
nor kirtans,
not in legs winding around your own neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me,
you will see me instantly
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath. #Quote by Kabir
Cathedrals quotes by Tina Brown
#39. The British Isles are awash with the choice of beautiful historic churches, abbeys, and cathedrals where one king or another has tied the knot and bestowed a royal precedent. #Quote by Tina Brown
Cathedrals quotes by Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle Of Blackburn
#40. Large motorway flyovers are the cathedrals of the modern world. #Quote by Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle Of Blackburn
Cathedrals quotes by Malcolm Muggeridge
#41. Learning from experience means, in practice, learning from suffering; the only schoolmaster. Everyone knows that this is so, even though they try to persuade themselves and their fellows otherwise. Only so is it possible to understand how it came about that, through all the Christian centuries, people have been prepared to accept the Cross, ostensibly a symbol of suffering, as the true image and guarantee of their creator's love and concern for them. To climb the highest, stoniest mountain to set it on its peak, to carry it to the remotest, darkest, most forbidding corners of the earth; to build great cathedrals to glorify it; to find in it the inspiration for the most sublime achievements and noblest lives over the last two thousand years. #Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge
Cathedrals quotes by Joseph Campbell
#42. The most evident distinguishing sign is man's organization of his life according primarily to mythic, and only secondarily economic, aims and laws. Food and drink, reproduction and nest-building, it is true, play formidable roles in the lives no less of men than of chimpanzees. But what of the economics of the Pyramids, the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, Hindus starving to death with edible cattle strolling all around them, or the history of Israel, from the time of Saul to right now? #Quote by Joseph Campbell
Cathedrals quotes by Raymond Carver
#43. The men who began their life's work on [the cathedrals], they never lived to see the completion of their work. #Quote by Raymond Carver
Cathedrals quotes by Frithjof Schuon
#44. The differences between religions are reflected very clearly in the different forms of sacred art: compared with Gothic art, above all in its "flamboyant" style, Islamic art is contemplative rather than volitive: it is "intellectual" and not "dramatic", and it opposes the cold beauty of geometrical design to the mystical heroism of cathedrals. Islam is the perspective of "omnipresence" ("God is everywhere"), which coincides with that of "simultaneity" ("Truth has always been"); it aims at avoiding any "particularization" or "condensation", any "unique fact" in time and space, although as a religion it necessarily includes an aspect of "unique fact", without which it would be ineffective or even absurd. In other words Islam aims at what is "everywhere center", and this is why, symbolically speaking, it replaces the cross with the cube or the woven fabric: it "decentralizes" and "universalizes" to the greatest possible extent, in the realm of art as in that of doctrine; it is opposed to any individualist mode and hence to any "personalist" mysticism.

To express ourselves in geometrical terms, we could say that a point which seeks to be unique, and which thus becomes an absolute center, appears to Islam - in art as in theology - as a usurpation of the divine absoluteness and therefore as an "association" (shirk); there is only one single center, God, whence the prohibition against "centralizing" images, especially statues; even the Prophet, the human center of the tr #Quote by Frithjof Schuon
Cathedrals quotes by Ted Dekker
#45. Pape called Basil his sanctuary. In truth we all exist in our own sanctuaries-but I don't mean cathedrals or prisons. I'm talking about our hearts and minds, which imprison us in anxiety, dear, insecurity, anger and other forms of misery. The walls & bars that keep most in a constant state of suffering are thoughts and emotions, not concrete & steel. It's a disease. Insanity. Most are afflicted by it, regardless of which side of the law they find themselves on or where they lay their heads at night. To be free of this, Renee, is to be free indeed. #Quote by Ted Dekker
Cathedrals quotes by Thomas Friedman
#46. Every sport needs its temple, its cathedral. #Quote by Thomas Friedman
Cathedrals quotes by George Nelson
#47. What is the crowning glory of your civilization ... the symbol as clear a statement as the pyramids, the Parthenon, the cathedrals? What is this symbol? What is its name? Its name is Junk. Junk is the rusty, lovely, brilliant symbol of the dying years of your time. Junk is your ultimate landscape. #Quote by George Nelson
Cathedrals quotes by Christine Warren
#48. Religious figures, gargoyles, and grotesques, she though, looked fine on Gothic cathedrals, but she'd always spent more time looking at the murals inside the buildings than the carvings outside.
So why did this one seem to have captured all her attention? #Quote by Christine Warren
Cathedrals quotes by Laini Taylor
#49. It seemed she was in a cathedral - if, that is, the earth itself were to dream a cathedral into being over thousands of years of water weeping through stone. #Quote by Laini Taylor
Cathedrals quotes by Umberto Eco
#50. In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and convents burned like tinder; imagining a medieval story without a fire is like imagining a World War II movie in the Pacific without a fighter plane shot down in flames. #Quote by Umberto Eco
Cathedrals quotes by Henry A. Kissinger
#51. Nothing is more urgent than a serious, dare I say compassionate, debate as to where we are going at home and abroad. Technicians cannot master revolutions; every great achievement was an idea before it became a reality. Cathedrals cannot be built by those who are paralyzed by doubt or consumed by cynicism. If a society loses the capacity for great conception, it can be administered but not governed. #Quote by Henry A. Kissinger
Cathedrals quotes by Hilary Duff
#52. Clea and I were touring one of the cathedrals in Italy, and in front of the whole tour I go 'That's so cute! Look, they have birdbaths in the church! #Quote by Hilary Duff
Cathedrals quotes by Caitlin Doughty
#53. The fear of death is why we build cathedrals, have children, declare war, and watch cat videos online at three a.m. #Quote by Caitlin Doughty
Cathedrals quotes by Richard Branson
#54. Two bricklayers work side by side. The first lays bricks. The second builds magnificent cathedrals. Think small vs. think big. #Quote by Richard Branson
Cathedrals quotes by Herman Melville
#55. Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's? But if his eyes were broad as the lens of Herschel's great telescope; and his ears capacious as the porches of cathedrals; would that make him any longer of sight, or sharper of hearing? Not at all.-Why then do you try to 'enlarge' your mind? Subtilize it. #Quote by Herman Melville
Cathedrals quotes by Thomas Pynchon
#56. Colonies are much, much more. Colonies are the outhouses of the European soul, where a fellow can let his pants down and relax, enjoy the smell of his own shit. Where he can fall on his slender prey roaring as loud as he feels like, and guzzle her blood with open joy. Eh? Where he can just wallow and rut and let himself go in a softness, a receptive darkness of limbs, of hair as woolly as the hair on his own forbidden genitals. Where the poppy, and cannabis and coca grow full and green, and not to the colors and style of death, as do ergot and agaric, the blight and fungus native to Europe. Christian Europe was always death, Karl, death and repression. Out and down in the colonies, life can be indulged, life and sensuality in all its forms, with no harm done to the Metropolis, nothing to soil those cathedrals, white marble statues, noble thoughts. . . . No word ever gets back. The silences down here are vast enough to absorb all behavior, no matter how dirty, how animal it gets. . . . #Quote by Thomas Pynchon
Cathedrals quotes by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
#57. I am absolutely enraptured by the atmosphere of a wreck. A dead ship is the house of a tremendous amount of life-fish and plants. The mixture of life and death is mysterious, even religious. There is the same sense of peace and mood that you feel on entering a cathedral. #Quote by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Cathedrals quotes by W. H. Auden
#58. Cathedrals, luxury liners laden with souls, Holding to the east their hulls of stone. #Quote by W. H. Auden
Cathedrals quotes by Michael Gungor
#59. There is a reason we used to build Cathedrals that drew the eye upwards. #Quote by Michael Gungor
Cathedrals quotes by Richard Rogers
#60. Most buildings, whether they're Gothic cathedrals or Romanesque ones, were high tech for their time. #Quote by Richard Rogers
Cathedrals quotes by Natasha Pulley
#61. I'd always thought it was gaudy, but standing there watching him beside the gold and glass shrine, I realised that his was a candlelight faith. It didn't work in the clear unforgiving light in London or Scandinavia, where even the dust in the cathedrals showed. But in the warm dimness and the shadows, what would have been tasteless at home made sense. The shrine looked like an oil painting made into real substance. So did he. England's was a reading religion, one it was difficult to understand at the bleak unimpressive first glance, one that needed books to explain itself. But his was images and images, the same as the old stages, in a place where not everyone could read and good light was expensive. #Quote by Natasha Pulley
Cathedrals quotes by Philip Schultz
#62. I was 17 when I decided to write stories as big as cathedrals, overflowing with the kind of memorable and audacious characters Walker Percy, Ernest Hemingway and Saul Bellow created. #Quote by Philip Schultz
Cathedrals quotes by Michael Huffington
#63. We spend more time at cinemas, theaters, art galleries and theme parks than we do at churches, and they have become our new cathedrals. We can spend hours at any of these places of entertainment but if church service goes on too long we get impatient. #Quote by Michael Huffington
Cathedrals quotes by Al Pacino
#64. You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God ... and where can you go from there? #Quote by Al Pacino
Cathedrals quotes by Wilferd Peterson
#65. In cathedral or cottage, the art of worship is an inner adventure; it is the personal practice of the presence of God. #Quote by Wilferd Peterson
Cathedrals quotes by Scott Hastie
#66. And so we smile on, Feeding the truths we share With a union of our souls, Cathedral slaves of our passion Which builds beauty amongst chaos. #Quote by Scott Hastie
Cathedrals quotes by C.S. Lewis
#67. The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Cathedrals quotes by Michael Persinger
#68. At the time Gothic cathedrals were designed, most people lived in dark huts, so just walking into a space vastly larger than what they were habituated to, lit by stained glass windows, was literally awe-inspiring. Today, we're not as impressed by big buildings, so we have to go to very large mountains to experience that 'diminutive effect.' #Quote by Michael Persinger
Cathedrals quotes by Alfred North Whitehead
#69. It builds cathedrals before the workmen have moved a stone, and it destroys them before the elements have worn down their arches. It is the architect of the buildings of the spirit, and it is also their solvent: - and the spiritual precedes the material. #Quote by Alfred North Whitehead
Cathedrals quotes by Wynton Marsalis
#70. The arts speak across epochs. If you think that people started to build a cathedral in 1315 and the people worked on that cathedral, it wasn't going to be finished until 1585. So they were thinking 200 years from now. Maybe by the time I die, this wall might be put up. #Quote by Wynton Marsalis
Cathedrals quotes by Richard Dawkins
#71. No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth. #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Cathedrals quotes by Carl Jung
#72. It will seem as if you were making the visions banal - but then you need to do that - then you are freed from the power of them Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book and turn over the pages and for you it will be your church - your cathedral - the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them - then you will lose your soul - for in that book is your soul. #Quote by Carl Jung
Cathedrals quotes by Marcel Proust
#73. A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped. #Quote by Marcel Proust
Cathedrals quotes by Hermann Hesse
#74. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to committ outrages ... #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Cathedrals quotes by Joseph Fort Newton
#75. Masonry is too great an institution to have been made in a day, much less by a few men, but was a slow evolution through long time, unfolding its beauty as it grew. Indeed, it was like one of its own cathedrals which one generation of builders wrought and vanished, and another followed, until, amidst vicissitudes of time and change, of decline and revival, the order itself became a temple of Freedom and Fraternity. #Quote by Joseph Fort Newton
Cathedrals quotes by Bob Dylan
#76. Everything in New Orleans is a good idea. Bijou temple-type cottages and lyric cathedrals side by side. Houses and mansions, structures of wild grace. Italianate, Gothic, Romanesque, Greek Revival standing in a long line in the rain. Roman Catholic art. Sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades- 30-foot columns, gloriously beautiful- double pitched roofs, all the architecture of the whole wide world and it doesn't move. #Quote by Bob Dylan
Cathedrals quotes by David Byrne
#77. Western music in the Middle Ages was performed in these stone-walled gothic cathedrals, and in architecturally similar monasteries and cloisters. #Quote by David Byrne
Cathedrals quotes by Tad R. Callister
#78. A cathedral without windows, a face without eyes, a field without flowers, an alphabet without vowels, a continent without rivers, a night without stars, and a sky without a sun - these would not be so sad as a ... soul without Christ. #Quote by Tad R. Callister
Cathedrals quotes by Charles Baudelaire
#79. Forest, I fear you! In my ruined heart your roaring wakens the same agony as in cathedrals when the organ moans and from the depths I hear that I am damned. #Quote by Charles Baudelaire
Cathedrals quotes by Chinua Achebe
#80. I do not see that it is necessary for any people to prove to another that they build cathedrals or pyramids before they can be entitled to peace and safety. #Quote by Chinua Achebe
Cathedrals quotes by Thomas Pynchon
#81. They are approaching now a lengthy brick improvisation, a Victorian paraphrase of what once, long ago, resulted in Gothic cathedrals - but which, in its own time, arose not from any need to climb through the fashioning of suitable confusions toward any apical God, but more in a derangement of aim, a doubt as to the God's actual locus (or, in some, as to its very existence), out of a cruel network of sensuous moments that could not be transcended and so bent the intentions of the builders not on any zenith, but back to fright, to simple escape, in whatever direction, from what the industrial smoke, street excrement, windowless warrens, shrugging leather forests of drive belts, flowing and patient shadow states of the rats and flies, were saying about the chances for mercy that year. #Quote by Thomas Pynchon
Cathedrals quotes by Francois Mauriac
#82. It seems that, after nineteen centuries of extraordinary glorification, the small Host for which so many cathedrals have sprung up, the small Host that has rested in millions of breasts and that has found a tabernacle and worshippers even in the desert - it seems that the triumphant Host of Lourdes and the Eucharistic Congresses of Chicago and Carthage remains as unknown, as secret as when it appeared for the first time in a room in Jerusalem. Light is in the world as in the days of St. John the Baptist, and the world does not know it #Quote by Francois Mauriac
Cathedrals quotes by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
#83. I have been into many of the ancient cathedrals - grand, wonderful, mysterious. But I always leave them with a feeling of indignation because of the generations of human beings who have struggled in poverty to build these altars to the unknown god. #Quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Cathedrals quotes by Aldous Huxley
#84. He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk - and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk - and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom - all were gone. Whisk - the place where Italy had been empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk, King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk ... #Quote by Aldous Huxley
Cathedrals quotes by Ken Follett
#85. I went and looked at one of these great cathedrals one day, and I was blown away by it. From there I became interested in how cathedrals were built, and from there I became interested in the society that built the medieval cathedral. It occurred to me at some point that the story of the building of a cathedral could be a great popular novel. #Quote by Ken Follett
Cathedrals quotes by Theodor Schwenk
#86. The secret of great cathedrals is that their proportions conform to cosmic laws, 'shaping' people who spend time in them. #Quote by Theodor Schwenk
Cathedrals quotes by C.S. Lewis
#87. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects - education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects - military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden - that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Cathedrals quotes by Theodore Sturgeon
#88. He thought, in your most secret dreams you cut a niche for yourself, and it is finished early, and then you wait for someone to come along to fill it - but to fill it exactly, every cut, curve, hollow and plane of it. And people do come along, and one covers up the niche, and another rattles around inside it, and another is so surrounded by fog that for the longest time you don't know if she fits or not; but each of them hits you with a tremendous impact. And then one comes along and slips in so quietly that you don't know when it happened, and fits so well you almost can't feel anything at all. And that is it.
"What are you thinking about?" she asked him.
He told her, immediately and fully. She nodded as if he had been talking about cats or cathedrals or cam-shafts, or anything else beautiful and complex. She said, "That's right. It isn't all there, of course. It isn't even enough. But everything else isn't enough without it."
"What is 'everything else'? #Quote by Theodore Sturgeon
Cathedrals quotes by Ronnie McBrayer
#89. Jesus did not come to start a religion. He came to blow religion off the map. Jesus did not come to tinker with our ideas about God. He came to show us who God really is. Jesus did not come to build cathedrals or pulpits. He came to start a revolution. Jesus came to initiate a way of life, a new way to live, that knocks the props from beneath everything else we have ever known. #Quote by Ronnie McBrayer
Cathedrals quotes by Henry James
#90. No sovereign, no court, no personal loyalty, no aristocracy, no church, no clergy, no army, no diplomatic service, no country gentlemen, no palaces, no castles, nor manors, nor old country-houses, nor parsonages, nor thatched cottages nor ivied ruins no cathedrals, nor abbeys, nor little Norman churches no great Universities nor public schools
no Oxford, nor Eton, nor Harrow no literature, no novels, no museums, no pictures, no political society, no sporting class
no Epsom nor Ascot Some such list as that might be drawn up of the absent things in American life. #Quote by Henry James
Cathedrals quotes by Thomas Carlyle
#91. This London City, with all of its houses, palaces, steam-engines, cathedrals, and huge immeasurable traffic an tumult, what is it but a Thought, but millions of Thoughts made into One-a huge immeasurable Spirit of a Thought, embodied in brick, in iron, smoke, dust, Palaces, Parliaments, Hackney Coaches, Katherine Docks, and the rest of it! Not a brick was made but some man had to think of the making of that brick. #Quote by Thomas Carlyle
Cathedrals quotes by Daniel Allen Butler
#92. In many ways, the steamships of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries had become the secular equivalent of medieval cathedrals. They were the source of endless pride to the communities and nations that built them, and were just as much an expression of men's hopes and dreams of technical perfection as the great churches had once been of hopes for spiritual purity. #Quote by Daniel Allen Butler
Cathedrals quotes by Shane Claiborne
#93. Liturgy and worship were never meant to be confined to the cathedrals and sanctuaries. Liturgy at its best can be performed like a circus or theater - making the Gospel visible as a witness to the world around us. #Quote by Shane Claiborne
Cathedrals quotes by Raymond Carver
#94. In those olden days, when they built cathedrals, men wanted to be close to God. #Quote by Raymond Carver
Cathedrals quotes by Mark Twain
#95. As far as I can see, Italy, for fifteen hundred years, has turned all her energies, all her finances, and all her industry to the building up of a vast array of wonderful church edifices, and starving half her citizens to accomplish it. She is today one vast museum of magnificence and misery. All the churches in an ordinary American city put together could hardly buy the jeweled frippery in one of her hundred cathedrals. And for every beggar in America, Italy can show a hundred - and rags and vermin to match. It is the wretchedest, princeliest land on earth.
Look at the grande Doumo of Florence - a vast pile that has been sapping the purses of her citizens for five hundred years, and is not nearly finished yet. Like all other men,
I fell down and worshiped it, but when the filthy beggars swarmed around me the contrast was too striking, too suggestive, and I said. "Oh, sons of classic Italy, is the spirit of enterprise, of self-reliance, of noble endeavor, utterly dead within ye? Curse your indolent worthlessness, why don't you rob your church? #Quote by Mark Twain
Cathedrals quotes by William Maginn
#96. What is a roofless cathedral
to a well-built pie? #Quote by William Maginn
Cathedrals quotes by Anatoli Boukreev
#97. Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion. #Quote by Anatoli Boukreev
Cathedrals quotes by Mark S. Smith
#98. They called themselves socialists, and in some ways they were model socialists, fighting for the rights of workers, the way a lot of Europeans are socialists now. They hide behind their fake egalitarian principles, but really nothing has changed. Outwardly, they're no longer anti-Jewish. Instead they're now anti-Israel, but they're still filled with hatred. They have all these grand ideas, with culture and cathedrals and their music, but actually they're all just hooligans who want to kill people, identical to their anti-Semitic ancestors. #Quote by Mark S. Smith
Cathedrals quotes by Sinclair Lewis
#99. We can go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin! It would just take a few thousand big shells and gas bombs to wipe out all the eager young men, and all the libraries and historical archives and patent offices, all the laboratories and art galleries, all the castles and Periclean temples and Gothic cathedrals, all the cooperative stores and motor factories - every storehouse of learning. No inherent reason why Sissy's grandchildren - if anybody's grandchildren will survive at all - shouldn't be living in caves and heaving rocks at catamounts. #Quote by Sinclair Lewis
Cathedrals quotes by Aleksandar Hemon
#100. Even if you tried to extinguish your personality, what is left in the story will reflect it, perhaps by its negation. Our lives provide the bricks from which we build these cathedrals. #Quote by Aleksandar Hemon
Cathedrals quotes by Glennon Doyle Melton
#101. My destiny is to remind you to look up from the castles you're building in the sand long enough to notice the cathedrals that God's building all around you - without you, without your sweat, without your tears, without your consent. While you dream your dreams, he's busy building your destiny. And there is as much beauty in your destiny as there was in your dream. Let go and believe that whatever its is, it will be beautiful. #Quote by Glennon Doyle Melton
Cathedrals quotes by Emily Dickinson
#102. There's a certain Slant of light, Winter afternoons - That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes - Heavenly Hurt, it gives us - We can find no scar, But internal difference, Where the Meanings, are ... When it comes, the Landscape listens - Shadows - hold their breath - When it goes, 'tis like the Distance On the look of Death. #Quote by Emily Dickinson
Cathedrals quotes by Heinrich Heine
#103. At noon I feel as though I could devour all the elephants of Hindostan, and then pick my teeth with the spire of Strasburg cathedral; in the evening I become so sentimental that I would fain drink up the Milky Way without reflecting how indigestible I should find the little fixed stars, and by night there is the Devil himself broke loose in my head and no mistake. #Quote by Heinrich Heine
Cathedrals quotes by Charles Kingsley
#104. Grandeur ... consists in form, and not in size: and to the eye of the philosopher, the curve drawn on a paper two inches long, is just as magnificent, just as symbolic of divine mysteries and melodies, as when embodied in the span of some cathedral roof. #Quote by Charles Kingsley
Cathedrals quotes by Yasser Arafat
#105. The Palestinian state is within our grasp. Soon the Palestinian flag will fly on the walls, the minarets and the cathedrals of Jerusalem. #Quote by Yasser Arafat
Cathedrals quotes by Neil Gaiman
#106. So what is this place?" asked Shadow, as they walked through the parking lot toward a low, unimpressive wooden building.

"This is a roadside attraction," said Wednesday. "One of the finest. Which means it is a place of power."

"Come again?"

"It's perfectly simple," said Wednesday. "In other countries, over the years, people recognized the places of power. Sometimes it would be a natural formation, sometimes it would be a place that was, somehow, special. They knew that something important was happening there, that there was some focusing point, some channel, some window to the Immanent. And so they would build temples or cathedrals, or erect stone circles, or…well, you get the idea."

"There are churches all across the States, though," said Shadow.

"In every town. Sometimes on every block. And about as significant, in this context, as dentists' offices. No, in the USA people still get the call, or some of them, and they feel themselves being called to from the transcendent void, and they respond to it by building a model out of beer bottles of somewhere they've never visited, or by erecting a giant bat house in some part of the country that bats have traditionally declined to visit. Roadside attractions: people feel themselves being pulled to places where, in other parts of the world, they would recognize that part of themselves that is truly transcendent, and buy a hot dog and walk around, feeling satisfied on a leve #Quote by Neil Gaiman
Cathedrals quotes by Robert Moses
#107. [It is] the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste. the Cathedral of Asphalt. #Quote by Robert Moses
Cathedrals quotes by Enric Sala
#108. I dream of diving in two places where I have not been yet. One is Antarctica, because of its crystal clear waters and amazing fauna, in addition to the ice cathedrals. The other is the Arctic, where I'd like to see the northernmost kelp forests. #Quote by Enric Sala
Cathedrals quotes by Robert James Waller
#109. For we have come by different ways to this place ... I can tell by the natural ease with which you wear fine clothes and the way your mouth moves when you speak with waiters in good restaurants. You have come the way of castles and cathedrals, of elegance and empire. #Quote by Robert James Waller
Cathedrals quotes by Joseph Brodsky
#110. It really does look like musical sheets, frayed at the edges, constantly played, coming to you in tidal scores, in bars of canals with innumerable obbligati of bridges, mullioned windows, or curved crownings of Coducci cathedrals, not to mention the violin necks of gondolas. In fact, the whole city, especially at night, resembles a gigantic orchestra, with dimly lit music stands of palazzi, with a restless chorus of waves, with the falsetto of a star in the winter sky. #Quote by Joseph Brodsky
Cathedrals quotes by N. T. Wright
#111. Western cathedrals and abbeys ... through soaring Gothic architecture, [give] us at floor level a sense of belonging within (but unable at the moment to inhabit more than a little of) great spaces of light and beauty, into which, significantly, only our music can penetrate. #Quote by N. T. Wright
Cathedrals quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#112. Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine any, but standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors. #Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Cathedrals quotes by Alan Garner
#113. When you start, the world of publishing seems like a great cathedral citadel of talent, resisting attempts to let you inside. It isn't like that at all. It may be more difficult now, and take longer than when I started to write, but there's a great, empty warehouse out there looking for simple talent. #Quote by Alan Garner
Cathedrals quotes by Allison Pataki
#114. This waltz was the music of the softly falling snow on the regal new buildings of the Ringstrasse. It was the spring tulips covering the lawns and arcades in front of the Schönbrunn Palace. It was the indomitable, majestic peaks of the Alps, the red-cheeked goatherds plucking wild edelweiss from the summits. It was the spirited laughter of Viennese students, wooing and debating in the beer gardens and cafés. It was the stately blue Danube, it was the cathedrals, it was the mountain chalets, and it was the ancient villages sprung up around church bell towers and brooks and streams. It was all of it, and it was all Franz Josef. #Quote by Allison Pataki
Cathedrals quotes by Carl De Keyzer
#115. The image of how power shows itself to the public is important ... CNN was an inspiration to do the project in color because power confirms itself through television ... I thought it would be interesting to copy the same language. large color pictures are framed in heavy wooden frames with golden plates and hung slightly higher than normal. So viewers get a sore neck watching these events, this is also the case when looking at paintings of saints in cathedrals. #Quote by Carl De Keyzer
Cathedrals quotes by John Ruskin
#116. Our respect for the dead, when they are just dead, is something wonderful, and the way we show it more wonderful still. We show it with black feathers and black horses; we show it with black dresses and black heraldries; we show it with costly obelisks and sculptures of sorrow, which spoil half of our beautiful cathedrals. We show it with frightful gratings and vaults, and lids of dismal stone, in the midst of the quiet grass; and last, and not least, we show it by permitting ourselves to tell any number of falsehoods we think amiable or credible in the epitaph. #Quote by John Ruskin
Cathedrals quotes by Russell D. Moore
#117. Seeing oneself as a prophetic minority does not mean retreat, and it certainly does not mean victim status. It also does not confer faithfulness. Marginalization can strip away from us the besetting sins of a majoritarian viewpoint, but it can bring others as well. We must remember our smallness but also our connectedness to a global, and indeed cosmic, reality. The kingdom of God is vast and tiny, universal and exclusive. Our story is that of a little flock and of an army, awesome with banners. Our legacy is a Christianity of persecution and proliferation, of catacombs and cathedrals. If we see ourselves as only a minority, we will be tempted to isolation. If we see ourselves only as a kingdom, we will be tempted toward triumphalism. We are, instead, a church. We are a minority with a message and a mission. #Quote by Russell D. Moore
Cathedrals quotes by Adrienne Clarkson
#118. Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which, like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals, you will have added your conception, your artful piece of stone. #Quote by Adrienne Clarkson
Cathedrals quotes by Russell Moore
#119. The Christian catacombs represent simplicity and earthiness; the cathedrals, transcendence and wonder. #Quote by Russell Moore
Cathedrals quotes by Robert Hughes
#120. It was a secular cathedral, dedicated to the rites of travel. #Quote by Robert Hughes
Cathedrals quotes by Barbara Bretton
#121. The library is my cathedral. #Quote by Barbara Bretton
Cathedrals quotes by Roger Zelazny
#122. Between you and me,
the words,
like mortar,
separating, holding together
those pieces of the structure ourselves.
To say them,
to cast their shadows on the page,
is the act of binding mutual passions,
is cognizance, yourself/myself,
of our sameness under skin;
it rears possible cathedrals
indicating infinity with steeply-high styli.
For when tomorrow comes it is today,
and if it is not the drop
that is eternity
glistening at the pen's point,
then the ink of our voices
surrounds like an always night,
and mortar marks the limit of our cells. #Quote by Roger Zelazny
Cathedrals quotes by Arthur Koestler
#123. The creativity and pathology of the human mind are, after all, two sides of the same medal coined in the evolutionary mint. The first is responsible for the splendour of our cathedrals, the second for the gargoyles that decorate them to remind us that the world is full of monsters, devils, and succubi. #Quote by Arthur Koestler
Cathedrals quotes by Marina Tsvetaeva
#124. Когда рыжеволосый Самозванец
Тебя схватил - ты не согнула плеч.
Где спесь твоя, княгинюшка? - Румянец,
Красавица? - Разумница, - где речь?

Как Пётр-Царь, презрев закон сыновний,
Позарился на голову твою -
Боярыней Морозовой на дровнях
Ты отвечала Русскому Царю.

Не позабыли огненного пойла
Буонапарта хладные уста.
Не в первый раз в твоих соборах - стойла.
Всё вынесут кремлёвские бока.

9 декабря 1917



When the red-haired impostor, fell Dmitri,
laid hold of you, you did not bow the knee.
Where is your pride, my princess? - Where, my beauty?
The rosy cheeks? the voice once wise and free?

And when Tsar Peter, coveting your beauty,
made to ride roughshod over filial law -
Morozova showed you the path of duty:
she was your answer to the Russian Tsar.

And Bonaparte's cold lips cannot forget still
The fiery draught you set before him then.
Once more now your cathedrals serve for stables.
The Kremlin's flanks will soldier to the end. #Quote by Marina Tsvetaeva
Cathedrals quotes by John Muir
#125. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself. #Quote by John Muir
Cathedrals quotes by Emil M. Cioran
#126. When modes of expression are worn out, art tends toward non-sense, toward a private and incomprehensible universe. An intelligible shudder, whether in painting, in music, or in poetry, strikes us, and rightly, as vulgar or out-of-date. The public will soon disappear; art will follow shortly.

A civilization which began with the cathedrals has to end with the hermeticism of schizophrenia. #Quote by Emil M. Cioran
Cathedrals quotes by Martin Filler
#127. Architecture traditionally has been the slowest of art forms. It was not unusual for great cathedrals to take centuries to complete, with stylistic changes from Romanesque to Gothic or Renaissance to Baroque as common as the addition of chapels or spires. But because the function remained the same, the form could be flexible and its growth organic. #Quote by Martin Filler
Cathedrals quotes by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
#128. If all those magnificent cathedrals with their valuable lands in Boston, Philadelphia and New York were taxed as they should be, the taxes of women who hold property would be proportionately lightened ... I cannot see any good reason why wealthy churches and a certain amount of property of the clergy should be exempt from taxation, while every poor widow in the land, struggling to feed, clothe, and educate a family of children, must be taxed on the narrow lot and humble home. #Quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Cathedrals quotes by Mark Haddon
#129. Click. Everyone briefly gathered and posed and smiling at their future selves. Beaches and cathedrals, bumper cars and birthday parties, glasses raised around a dining table. Each picture a little pause between events. No tantrums, no illness, no bad news, all the big stuff happening before and after and in between. The true magic happening only when the lesser magic fails, the ghost daughter who moved during the exposure, her face unreadable but more alive than all her frozen family. Double exposures, as if a little strip of time had been folded back on itself. Scratches and sun flares. Photos torn postdivorce, faces scratched out or Biroed over. The camera telling the truth only when something slips through its silver fingers. #Quote by Mark Haddon
Cathedrals quotes by Jonathan Haidt
#130. Religiosity developed because successful religions made groups more efficient at turning resources into offspring. (including art, cathedrals, cities, earthworks, etc?) #Quote by Jonathan Haidt
Cathedrals quotes by Kenneth Clark
#131. In the early twelfth century century the Virgin had been the supreme protectress of civilisation. She had taught a race of tough and ruthless barbarians the virtues of tenderness and compassion. The great cathedrals of the Middle Ages were her dwelling places upon earth. In the Renaissance, while remaining the Queen of Heaven, she became also the human mother in whom everyone could recognise qualities of warmth and love and approachability ...
The stabilising, comprehensive religions of the world, the religions which penetrate to every part of a man's being
in Egypt, India or China
gave the female principle of creation at least as much importance as the male, and wouldn't have taken seriously a philosophy that failed to include them both ... It's a curious fact that the
all-male religions have produced no religious imagery
in most cases have positively forbidden it. The great religious art of the world is deeply involved with the female principle. #Quote by Kenneth Clark
Cathedrals quotes by Ingmar Bergman
#132. I want to be one of the artists in the cathedral on the great plain. I want to make a dragon's head, an angel, a devil - or perhaps a saint - out of stone. #Quote by Ingmar Bergman
Cathedrals quotes by Stephen Fry
#133. Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art library then I have yet to hear of it. #Quote by Stephen Fry
Cathedrals quotes by Antoine De Saint Exupery
#134. He who bears in his heart a cathedral to be built is already victorious. He who seeks to become sexton of a finished cathedral is already defeated. #Quote by Antoine De Saint Exupery
Cathedrals quotes by Jesse Bering
#135. Almost succeeded in single-handedly shooing the faithful out of their pews in the French cathedrals. Unfortunately for him, this notion of God the Creator is nearly as rampant in the world today as it was when the first prophet sat down to put words in God's mouth. #Quote by Jesse Bering
Cathedrals quotes by Nicholas D. Kristof
#136. The trails are a reminder of our insignificance. We come and go, but nature is forever. It puts us in our place, underscoring that we are not lords of the universe but components of it ... So when the world seems to be falling apart, when we humans seem to be creating messes everywhere we turn, maybe it's time to rejuvenate in the cathedral of the wilderness - and there, away from humanity, rediscover our own humanity. #Quote by Nicholas D. Kristof
Cathedrals quotes by Malcolm Boyd
#137. Five days a week I drive from our home to the Episcopal Cathedral Center of Los Angeles where I have an office, my computer, and a wonderful sense of community - especially nurtured by the presence of several younger gay men and women who are good friends. #Quote by Malcolm Boyd
Cathedrals quotes by William Butler Yeats
#138. The unpurged images of day recede; The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed; Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song After great cathedral gong. #Quote by William Butler Yeats
Cathedrals quotes by Janet Frame
#139. Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination. #Quote by Janet Frame
Cathedrals quotes by John Muir
#140. One may as well dam for water tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man. #Quote by John Muir
Cathedrals quotes by Billy Joel
#141. They say that these are not the best of times, but they're the only times I've ever known. And I believe there is a time for meditation in cathedrals of our own. Now I have seen that sad surrender in my lovers eyes ... and I can only stand apart and sympathize ... for we are only what our situations hand us ... it's either sadness or euphoria ... #Quote by Billy Joel
Cathedrals quotes by Sylvia Plath
#142. Mystic

The air is a mill of hooks -
Questions without answer,
Glittering and drunk as flies
Whose kiss stings unbearably
In the fetid wombs of black air under pines in summer.

I remember
The dead smell of sun on wood cabins,
The stiffness of sails, the long salt winding sheets.
Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?
Once one has been seized up

Without a part left over,
Not a toe, not a finger, and used,
Used utterly, in the sun's conflagrations, the stains
That lengthen from ancient cathedrals
What is the remedy?

The pill of the Communion tablet,
The walking beside still water? Memory?
Or picking up the bright pieces
of Christ in the faces of rodents,
The tame flower- nibblers, the ones

Whose hopes are so low they are comfortable -
The humpback in his small, washed cottage
Under the spokes of the clematis.
Is there no great love, only tenderness?
Does the sea

Remember the walker upon it?
Meaning leaks from the molecules.
The chimneys of the city breathe, the window sweats,
The children leap in their cots.
The sun blooms, it is a geranium.

The heart has not stopped. #Quote by Sylvia Plath
Cathedrals quotes by Dan Flavin
#143. My icons do not raise up the blessed savior in elaborate cathedrals. They are constructed concentrations celebrating barren rooms. They bring a limited light. #Quote by Dan Flavin
Cathedrals quotes by Henry Ward Beecher
#144. What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge! #Quote by Henry Ward Beecher
Cathedrals quotes by Meher Baba
#145. When the cathedrals fall, my work is done! #Quote by Meher Baba
Cathedrals quotes by Anne Rice
#146. Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets
as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her
and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris. #Quote by Anne Rice
Cathedrals quotes by Roger Revelle
#147. We thought of universities as the cathedrals of the modern world. In the middle ages, the cathedral was the center and symbol of the city. In the modern world, its place could be taken by the university. #Quote by Roger Revelle
Cathedrals quotes by Fernand Point
#148. A good meal must be as harmonious as a symphony and as well-constructed as a Norman cathedral. #Quote by Fernand Point
Cathedrals quotes by Gisell DeJesus
#149. You have the face of an angel too naughty for God and too ambitious for the Devil. You have a body that deserves to be painted on the ceilings of cathedrals. #Quote by Gisell DeJesus
Cathedrals quotes by Giannina Braschi
#150. What we have here is a war - the war of matter and spirit. In the classical era, spirit was in harmony with matter. Matter used to condense spirit. What was unseen - the ghost of Hamlet's father - was seen - in the conscience of the king. The spirit was trapped in the matter of theater. The theater made the unseen, seen. In the Romantic era, spirit overwhelms matter. The glass of champagne can't contain the bubbles. But never in the history of humanity has spirit been at war with matter. And that is what we have today. The war of banks and religion. It's what I wrote in Prayers of the Dawn, that in New York City, banks tower over cathedrals. Banks are the temples of America. This is a holy war. Our economy is our religion. When I came back to midtown a week after the attack - I mourned - but not in a personal way - it was a cosmic mourning - something that I could not specify because I didn't know any of the dead. I felt grief without knowing its origin. Maybe it was the grief of being an immigrant and of not having roots. Not being able to participate in the whole affair as a family member but as a foreigner, as a stranger - estranged in myself and confused - I saw the windows of Bergdorf and Saks - what a theater of the unexpected - my mother would have cried - there were only black curtains, black drapes - showing the mourning of the stores - no mannequins, just veils - black veils. When the mannequins appeared again weeks later - none of them had blond hair. I don't know #Quote by Giannina Braschi
Cathedrals quotes by Jane Goodall
#151. I believe that the tragedy [like terror attack] that's caused so much grief and suffering to so many thousands and thousands of people has also served as a call to action, because many people now are re-examining their own value systems, and the churches, temples, mosques and cathedrals are packed to overflowing for the first time in years. #Quote by Jane Goodall
Cathedrals quotes by Timothy Pina
#152. The Peace Panda Says: Without The Heartfelt Prayer Of Love And Compassion ... Even The Greatest Of Temples, Mosques, Synagogues and Cathedrals Of Humanity Are Spiritually Dead. What is Humanity Without It's Spirit? #Quote by Timothy Pina
Cathedrals quotes by Frank Lloyd Wright
#153. Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. #Quote by Frank Lloyd Wright
Cathedrals quotes by Maria Semple
#154. It rarely snows because Antarctica is a desert. An iceberg means it's tens of millions of years old and has calved from a glacier. (This is why you must love life: one day you're offering up your social security number to the Russia Mafia; two weeks later you're using the word calve as a verb.) I saw hundreds of them, cathedrals of ice, rubbed like salt licks; shipwrecks, polished from wear like marble steps at the Vatican; Lincoln Centers capsized and pockmarked; airplane hangars carved by Louise Nevelson; thirty-story buildings, impossibly arched like out of a world's fair; white, yes, but blue, too, every blue on the color wheel, deep like a navy blazer, incandescent like a neon sign, royal like a Frenchman's shirt, powder like Peter Rabbit's cloth coat, these icy monsters roaming the forbidding black. #Quote by Maria Semple
Cathedrals quotes by Ann Bridge
#155. Mountains had taken the place of religion, had satisfied her religious sense, her need for adoration and worship as no service in any Cathedral, however sublime, had been able to do ... #Quote by Ann Bridge
Cathedrals quotes by Jessye Norman
#156. I feel comfortable singing in the great cathedrals of the world because I spent so much time as a child singing in church. And it isn't very different. Of course, nothing looks quite like Notre Dame de Paris. #Quote by Jessye Norman
Cathedrals quotes by Marty Rubin
#157. Ruins are the cathedrals of Time. #Quote by Marty Rubin
Cathedrals quotes by Dave Eggers
#158. The raising of a child is the building of a cathedral. You can't cut corners. #Quote by Dave Eggers
Cathedrals quotes by Egon Schiele
#159. In Vienna there are shadows. The city is black and everything is done by rote. I want to be alone. I want to go to the Bohemian Forest. May, June, July, August, September, October. I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. I want to gaze with astonishment at moldy garden fences, I want to experience them all, to hear young birch plantations and trembling leaves, to see light and sun, enjoy wet, green-blue valleys in the evening, sense goldfish glinting, see white clouds building up in the sky, to speak to flowers. I want to look intently at grasses and pink people, old venerable churches, to know what little cathedrals say, to run without stopping along curving meadowy slopes across vast plains, kiss the earth and smell soft warm marshland flowers. And then I shall shape things so beautifully: fields of colour… #Quote by Egon Schiele
Cathedrals quotes by Marc Gafni
#160. The world of business is becoming one of the great cathedrals of spirit. Businesses are becoming places in which meaning can be created, in which mutuality begins to happen. Business is the force in the world that is fulfilling every major value of the great spiritual traditions: intimacy, trust, a shared vision, cooperation, collaboration, friendship, and ultimately love. After all, what is love at its core? It is the movement of evolution to higher and higher levels of mutuality, recognition, union and embrace. #Quote by Marc Gafni
Cathedrals quotes by Hardy Kruger
#161. In the cathedral of my heart a candle will always be lit for you. #Quote by Hardy Kruger
Cathedrals quotes by Jennifer Worth
#162. Tread softly as you draw near to the bedside of a dying man, for the space around him is holy ground. Speak in hushed tones, with awe and reverence, as you would in a cathedral. Let not the mind engage in trivial thoughts. The awesome majesty of Death can only be met in silence. #Quote by Jennifer Worth
Cathedrals quotes by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#163. Cathedrals do not seem to me to have been built. They seem, rather, stupendous growths of nature, like crystals, or cliffs of basalt. #Quote by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Cathedrals quotes by Billy Joel
#164. I believe there is a time for meditation in cathedrals of our own. #Quote by Billy Joel
Cathedrals quotes by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
#165. The tendency of our time is wholly oriented toward the secular. The efforts of the mystics will remain episodes. Despite a deepening of our conceptions of life, we will build no cathedrals. #Quote by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Cathedrals quotes by Hubert H. Humphrey
#166. The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a mater-architect; in execution, the labors of many. #Quote by Hubert H. Humphrey
Cathedrals quotes by Anonymous
#167. I think it's strange - so alike and yet so different! We are capable of working together, of building the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the cathedrals of Europe and the temples of Peru. We can compose unforgettable music, work in hospitals, create new computer programs.
"But at some moment all this loses its meaning, and we feel alone, as if we were part of another world, different from the one we have helped to build."
"At times, when others need our help, we grow desperate because this prevents us from enjoying life. At other times, when nobody needs us, we feel useless.
"But that's the way we are. We are complex human beings. Why despair? #Quote by Anonymous
Cathedrals quotes by James S.A. Corey
#168. The structure echoed the greatest cathedrals of Earth and Mars, rising up through empty air and giving both thrust-gravity stability and glory to God. #Quote by James S.A. Corey
Cathedrals quotes by Barbara W. Tuchman
#169. In Siena, where more than half the inhabitants died of the plague, work was abandoned on the great cathedral, planned to be the largest in the world, and never resumed, owing to loss of workers and master masons and "the melancholy and grief" of the survivors. The cathedral's truncated transept still stands in permanent witness to the sweep of death's scythe. Agnolo di Tura, a chronicler of Siena, recorded the fear of contagion that froze every other instinct. 'Father abandoned child, wife husband, one brother another,' he wrote, 'for this plague seemed to strike through the breath and sight. And so they died. And no one could be found to bury the dead for money or friendship.… And I, Angolo di Tura, called the Fat, buried my five children with my own hands, and so did many others likewise. #Quote by Barbara W. Tuchman
Cathedrals quotes by Anita Diament
#170. The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart. #Quote by Anita Diament
Cathedrals quotes by John Gardner
#171. A dragon is a confusion at the heart of things, a law unto himself. He embraces good, evil, and indifference; in his own nature he makes them indivisible and absolute. He knows who he is. Surely you see that... Put it this way. Dragons all love life's finer things- music, art, treasure- the works of the spirit; yet in their personal habits they're foul and bestial- they burn down cathedrals, for instance, and eat maidens- and they see in their whimsical activities no faintest contradiction... Dragons never grow, never change... Believe me, nothing in this world is more despicable than a dragon. They're a walking- or flying- condemnation of all we stand for, all we pray for our children, nay, for ourselves. We struggle to improve ourselves, we tortuously balance on the delicate line between our duties to society and our duties within- our duties to God and our own nature. #Quote by John Gardner
Cathedrals quotes by Aime Cesaire
#172. There are a whole lot of things
whose names I do not know
and I'd like to tell you about them
in the sky your hair solemnly draws away
kinds of rain one no longer sees
nuts Saint Elmo's fire
sun lames whispered nights
cathedrals too
which are the carcasses
of large gnawed horses
spat by the sea from far away
but still worshiped by people
a whole lot of forgotten things
a whole lot of dreamed things #Quote by Aime Cesaire
Cathedrals quotes by Russell Brand
#173. For me, it's standard. I don't feel irresponsible for telling kids not to vote; I feel like I deserve a Blue Peter badge for not telling them to riot. For not telling them that they are entitled to destroy the cathedrals of tyranny erected to mock them in the heart of their community. That they should rise up and destroy the system that imprisons them, ignores them, condemns and maligns them. By any means necessary. #Quote by Russell Brand
Cathedrals quotes by Hermann Finsterlin
#174. Such cathedrals are only built by heart[s] in monstrous despair or … Dionysian ecstasy,… only a Superman is capable of such creative despair."

On Gaudi's Familia Segrada #Quote by Hermann Finsterlin
Cathedrals quotes by Henry Ward Beecher
#175. There is a great deal more correctness of thought respecting manhood in bodily things than in moral things. For men's ideas of manhood shape themselves as the tower and spire of cathedrals do, that stand broad at the bottom, but grow tapering as they rise, and end, far up, in the finest lines, and in an evanishing point. Where they touch the ground they are most, and where they reach to the heaven they are least. #Quote by Henry Ward Beecher
Cathedrals quotes by Andrew Hunt
#176. We who cut mere stones must always be envisioning cathedrals. #Quote by Andrew Hunt
Cathedrals quotes by Bernard Tschumi
#177. Concepts differentiate architecture from mere building ... A bicycle shed with a concept is architecture; a cathedral without one is just a building. #Quote by Bernard Tschumi

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