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Others of graver mien, behold, adorn 'd
  With holy ensigns, how sublime they move,
    And bending oft their sanctimonious eyes,
      Take homage of the simple-minded throng;
        Ambassadors of heaven!
      - Mark Akenside

It never was a prosperous world
  Since priests have interfer'd with temporal matters;
    The custom of their ancestors they slight,
      And change their shirts of hair for robes of gold;
        Thus luxury and interest rule the church,
          Whilst piety and conscience dwell in caves.
      - George Bancroft

Suppose, however, that something like moderation were visible in this political sermon, yet politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
      - Edmund Burke

He was a shepherd and no mercenary,
  And though he holy was and virtuous,
    He was to sinful men full piteous;
      His words were strong, but not with anger fraught;
        A love benignant he discreetly taught.
          To draw mankind to heavenly gentleness
            And good example was his business.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Christian messenger cannot think too highly of his Prince, or too humbly of himself.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Behold the picture! Is it like? Like whom?
  The things that mount the rostrum with a skip
    And then skip down again. Pronounce a text,
      Cry hem; and reading what they never wrote,
        Just fifteen minutes huddle up their work,
          And with a well-bred whisper close the scene.
      - William Cowper

From such apostles, oh ye mitred heads,
  Preserve the church; and lay not careless hands
    On skulls that cannot teach, and will not learn.
      - William Cowper

In man or woman, but far most in man,
  And most of all in man that ministers,
    And serves the altar, in my soul I loathe
      All affectation. 'Tis my perfect scorn:
        Object of my implacable disgust.
      - William Cowper

Your Lordship and your Grace, what school can teach
  A rhetoric equal to those parts of speech?
    What need of Homer's verse, or Tully's prose,
      Sweet interjections! if he learn but those?
        Let rev'rend churls his ignorance rebuke,
          Who starve upon a dog's ear'd Pentateuch,
            The Parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
      - William Cowper

The true clergyman is a reflex of his Master.
      - Andre Dacier

If you would lift me you must be on a higher ground.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The clergyman who lives in the city may have piety, but he must have taste.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ev'n children followed with endearing wile
  And pluck'd his gown to share the good man's smile.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil'd,
  And still where many a garden flower grows wild,
    There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose,
      The village preacher's modest mansion rose.
        A man he was to all the country dear,
          And passing rich with forty pounds a year;
            Remote from town's he ran his godly race,
              Nor e'er had chang'd nor wish'd to change his place;
                Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power,
                  By doctrines fashion'd to the varying hour;
                    Far other aims his heart had learn'd to prize.
                      More bent to raise the wretched than to rise.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Recollect for your encouragement the reward that awaits the faithful minister.
      - Robert Hall

He--the country parson--is not witty or learned or eloquent, but holy.
      - George Herbert

I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The life of a conscientious clergyman is not easy. I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a larger family than he is able to maintain. I would rather have chancery suits upon my hands than the cure of souls.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

If we must pray,
  Rear in the streets bright altars to the gods,
    Let virgin's hands adorn the sacrifice;
      And not a grey-beard forging priest come here,
        To pry into the bowels of their victim,
          And with their dotage mad the gaping world.
      - Nathaniel Lee

The defects of a preacher are soon spied.
      - Martin Luther

The ascendency of the sacerdotal order was long the ascendency which naturally and properly belonged to intellectual superiority.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Nothing is more detestable than a professed declaimer who retails his discourses as a quack does his medicines.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Embryos and idiots, eremites and friars,
  White, black, and grey, with all their trumpery.
      - John Milton

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
  Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
    Whilst, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
      Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
        And reeks not his own road.
      - William Shakespeare

Love and meekness, lord,
  Become a churchman better than ambition:
    Win straying souls with modesty again,
      Cast none away.
      - William Shakespeare

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