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My own experience is that the Bible is dull when I am dull. When I am really alive, and set in upon the text with a tidal pressure of living affinities, it opens, it multiplies discoveries, and reveals depths even faster than I can note them. The worldly spirit shuts the Bible; the Spirit of God makes it a fire, flaming out all meanings and glorious truths.
      - Horace Bushnell

A noble book! all men's book!
      - Thomas Carlyle

I call the Book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with pen.
      - Thomas Carlyle

I cannot look around me without being struck with the analogy observable in the works of God. I find the Bible written in the style of His other books of Creation and Providence. The pen seems in the same hand. I see it, indeed, write at times mysteriously in each of these books; thus I know that mystery in the works of God is only another name for my ignorance. The moment, therefore, that I become hum-ble, all becomes right.
      - Richard Cecil

The Old and New Testaments contain but one scheme of religion. Neither part of this scheme can be understood without the other.
      - Richard Cecil

For more than a thousand years the Bible, collectively taken, has gone hand in hand with civilization science, law; in short, with the moral and intellectual cultivation of the species, always supporting and often leading he way.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Intense study of the Bible will keep any man from being vulgar in point of style.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Scholars may quote Plato in studies, but the hearts of millions shall quote the Bible at their daily toil, and draw strength from its inspiration, as the meadows draw it from the brook.
      - Moncure Daniel Conway

Do you know a book that you are willing to put under your head for a pillow when you lie dying? Very well; that is the book you want to study while you are living. There is but one such book in the world.
      - Joseph Cook

Does not the passage of Moses and the Israelites into the Holy Land yield incomparably more poetic variety than the voyages of Ulysses or Aeneas?
      - Abraham Cowley

And in that charter reads with sparkling eyes,
  Her title to a treasure in the skies.
      - William Cowper

The parable of the prodigal son, the most beautiful fiction that ever was invented; our Saviour's speech to His disciples, with which He closed His earthly ministrations, full of the sublimest dignity and tenderest affection, surpass everything that I ever read; and like the spirit by which they were dictated, fly directly to the heart.
      - William Cowper

The grand old Book of God still stands; and this old earth, the more its leaves are turned over, and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the Sacred word.
      - James D. Dana

It speaks no less than God in every line.
      - John Dryden

Then for the style, majestic and divine,
  It speaks no less than God in every line;
    Commanding words; whose force is still the same
      As the first fiat that produced our frame.
      - John Dryden

Whence but from Heaven, could men unskill'd in arts,
  In several ages born, in several parts,
    Weave such agreeing truths? or how, or why
      Should all conspire to cheat us with a lie?
      - John Dryden

The Bible is a window in this prison-world, through which we may look into eternity.
      - Timothy Dwight

It is impossible to look into the Bible with the most ordinary attention without feeling that we have got into a moral atmosphere quite different from that which we breathe in the world, and in the world's literature.
      - Lord Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine

We may persuade men that are infidels to receive the Scriptures as the word of God by rational arguments drawn from their antiquity; the heavenliness of the matter; the majesty of the style; the harmony of all the parts though written in different ages; the exact accomplishment of prophecies; the sublimity of the mysteries and matters contained in the word; the efficacy and power of it, in the conviction and conversion of multitudes; the scope of the whole,--to guide men to attain their chief end,--the glory of God in their own salvation; and the many miracles wrought for the confirmation of the truth of the doctrines contained in them.
      - Fisher's Catechism

The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district--all studied and appreciated as they merit--are the principal support of virtue, morality and civil liberty.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The Bible is as much a book of religion with me as the Gita and the Koran.
      - "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,
        in The Words of Gandhi by Richard Attenborough

The Psalms are an everlasting manual to the soul; the book of its immortal wishes, its troubles, its aspirations, and its hopes; sung in every tongue, and in every age; destined to endure while the universe of God has light, harmony, or grandeur, while man has religion or sensibility, while language has sublimity or sweetness.
      - Henry Giles

It is belief in the Bible, the fruits of deep meditation, which has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found capital safely invested and richly productive of interest, although I have sometimes made but a bad use of it.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If the Bible is God's word, and we believe it, let us handle it with rever-ence.
      - John Bartholomew Gough

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