Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
This gift... which God gave us in order to enable us to perfect ourselves, to learn and to teach, must not be employed in doing that which is for us most degrading and perfectly disgraceful... Those who employ the faculty of thinking and speaking in the service of that sense which is no honour to us, who think more than necessary of drink and love, or even sing of these things; they employ and use the divine gift in acts of rebellion against the Giver, and in transgression of his commandments.maimonides
"Thou shalt not get found out" is not one of God's commandments, and no man can be saved by trying to keep it.
For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.cicero
I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.billy wilder
Those who observe the nature of the Universe and the commandments of the Law, and know their purpose, see clearly God's mercy and truth in everything; they seek, therefore, that which the Creator intended to be the aim of man, viz., comprehension. Forced also by claims of the body, they seek that which is necessary for the preservation of the body, "bread to eat and garment to clothe," and this is very little; but they seek nothing superfluous; with very slight exertion man can obtain it, so long as he is contented with that which is indispensable.maimonides
Every one of the six hundred and thirteen precepts serves to inculcate some truth, to remove some erroneous opinion, to establish proper relations in society, to diminish evil, to train in good manners, or to warn against bad habits. All this depends on three things: opinions, morals, and social conduct. ...these three principles suffice for assigning a reason for every one of the Divine commandments.maimonides
I have never dreamt of contesting the Church her right to remain faithful to herself, meaning to the commandments that come from Doctrine... but that she expects to impose these commandments upon me who do not have the good fortune of being a believer, trying to pour them into civil law in a way that they become obligatory even to us non-believers, is it right? To me it doesn't seem so.indro montanelli
I observed, " Love is the fulfilling of the law , the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great " command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just , whatsoever things are pure , if there be any virtue , if there be any praise ," they are all comprised in this one word , love .john wesley
God sometimes washes the eyes of His children with tears in order that they may read aright His providence and His commandments.
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments.
A system in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.
When the existence of the Church is threatened, she is released from the commandments of morality. With unity as the end, the use of every means is sanctified, even deceit, treachery, violence, usury, prison, and death. Because order serves the good of the community, the individual must be sacrificed for the common good.
No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments.
In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing.james russell lowell
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves to sustain ourselves according to the Ten commandments of God.james madison
It is true that many Americans find the commandments in accord with their personal beliefs. But we do not count heads before enforcing the First Amendment.Sandra Day O'Connor
Hollywood movies of the Fifties, like The Ten commandments and Ben-Hur , with their epic clash of pagan and Judeo-Christian cultures, tell more about art and society than the French-infatuated ideologues who have made a travesty of the “best” American higher criticism.camille paglia
Mr. Browborough, whose life had not been passed in any strict obedience to the Ten commandments, and whose religious observances had not hitherto interfered with either the pleasures or the duties of his life, repeated at every meeting which he attended, and almost to every elector whom he canvassed, the great Shibboleth which he had now adopted “The prosperity of England depends on the Church of her people.”Anthony Trollope
In vain we call old notions fudge And bend our conscience to our dealing. The Ten commandments will not budge And stealing will continue stealing.