“It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.
Bernard of Clairvaux
He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Knowledge is vain and fruitless which is not reduced to practice.
Thomas a Kempis
Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
The Pharisees are not all dead yet, and are not all Jews.
Warren W. Wiersbe
Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.
There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”
Lady Windermere’s Fan
The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.
Saint abroad, and a devil at home.
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Robert Louis Stevenson
“At the very moment of that vain-glorious thought, a qualm came over me, a horrid nausea and the most dreadful shuddering…I looked down…I was once more Edward Hyde.”
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
My Christian fellowship circle will allow me not to follow him and even not to plan to follow him, but they will not permit me to say it.
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. Reprint edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 13 1999.
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