One person I do feel a little sorry for, though, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important clergyman in Britain and he's only got two lousy palaces to live in. What sort of life is that for a man of God? I bet if Jesus came back, even he'd be embarrassed for him; I bet he wouldn't be able to look him in the eye.
A person is not a democrat thanks to his ignorance of literature and the arts, nor an elitist because he or she has cultivated them. The possession of knowledge makes for unjust power over others only if used for that very purpose: a physician or lawyer or clergyman can exploit or humiliate others, or he can be a humanitarian and a benefactor. In any case, it is absurd to conjure up behind anybody who exploits his educated status the existence of an "elite" scheming to oppress the rest of us.jacques barzun
I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin - where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases - and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman.john f. kennedy
The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of _____; let us call it Barchester. Were we to name Wells or Salisbury, Exeter, Hereford, or Gloucester, it might be presumed that something personal was intended; and as this tale will refer mainly to the cathedral dignitaries of the of the town in question, we are anxious that no personality may be suspected.Anthony Trollope
A man who is good enough to go to heaven, is good enough to be a clergyman.Samuel Johnson, speaking to James Boswell on April 5, 1772; James Boswell Life of Johnson (Oxford: OUP, 1989) p. 478.
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, p. 411. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
The spectacle of a clergyman imprisoned for persistence in illegal ritualistic practices may shock the public conscience, and raise sympathy for a man who really deserves none, while the spectacle of a man suspended after due warning from an office, the laws attaching to which he disregards, or from a benefice obtained under conditions which he will not fulfil, is one which must commend itself to every reasonable man.Lord Thesiger, L.J., Martin v. Mackonochie (1879), L. R. 4 Q. B. 724.
God preaches, a noted clergyman, And the sermon is never long; So instead of getting to heaven at last, I'm going all along.Emily Dickinson, Poems, VI, A Service of Song.
He ridiculed the absurdity of refusing to believe every thing that you could not understand; and mentioned a rebuke of Dr. Parr's to a man of the name of Frith, and that of another clergyman to a young man, who said he would believe nothing which he could not understand:--'Then, young man, your creed will be the shortest of any man's I know.'Samuel Taylor Coleridge Specimens of the Table Talk of S.T. Coleridge 21 April 1811