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The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
You might think that religion was the one area in which professional jealousy would take a back seat. But no: ecclesiastical memoirs are as viperish as any, though their envy tends to cloak itself in piety.
The hypocrisy and false piety of the deniers aside, the relationships of gays have no effect on heteros. Especially all the heteros who've done such a marvelous job of debasing marriage on their own all these many years.
I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his 'divine service.'
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.
There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
Faith is never identical with piety.
Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.
We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important - just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
Alain de Botton
Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith.
King Hussein I
For many, the hijab represents modesty, piety and devotion to God, and I truly respect that. But the hijab should not be used as a means of applying social pressure on people.
Queen Rania of Jordan
In the beds which the piety of the public has prepared on every side, stricken men await the verdict of fate.
Keeping our eyes on journey's end is what we need - the place where we see at last the world that is greater than the world, the new creation that cannot be contained in present thought or social order or piety.
Yes, yes, children must early be made to practise piety, godliness, and propriety; a person of good breeding is one into whom 'good maxims' have been instilled and impressed, poured in through a funnel, thrashed in and preached in.
Evangelical Christian politicians who cheat often raise questions about hypocrisy, especially if they preached piety in public and disregarded it in private. When Jewish politicians fall, they shatter different expectations, particularly that American Jews need to work together to preserve respectability and fireproof against anti-Semitism.
Oaths are the fossils of piety.
Paganism is infectious, more infectious than diphtheria or piety.
E. M. Forster
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
C. S. Lewis
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