Quotations on Doctrine

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I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Keywords: Truth, Doctrine, Physics, Trinity)

To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Nature, Crime, Doctrine, Man, Persecution, Will)

A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
- Tony Benn
(Keywords: Faith, Difference, Doctrine, World)

Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Belief, Optimism, Doctrine, Ugly)

The Secret Doctrine is the common property of the countless millions of men born under various climates, in times with which History refuses to deal, and to which esoteric teachings assign dates incompatible with the theories of Geology and Anthropology.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: History, Men, Anthropology, Doctrine, Property, Theories)

For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
- Joseph Brodsky
(Keywords: Departure, Doctrine, Journey)

This doctrine of Christ and of the apostles, from which the true faith of the primitive church was received, the apostles at first delivered orally, without writing, but later, not by any human counsel but by the will of God, they handed it on in the Scriptures.
- Martin Chemnitz
(Keywords: Faith, God, Church, Christ, Doctrine, First, Will, Writing)

The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Soul, Comfort, Doctrine, Immortality)

To compel the nation with challenge the traditional American doctrine of freedom of the seas, every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged.
- Josephus Daniels
(Keywords: American, Challenge, Doctrine, Freedom, Man, Nation, Navy)

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
- Robertson Davies
(Keywords: Society, Time, Doctrine, Nonsense, Stupidity, Will)

It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: History, Life, Nature, Christian, Doctrine, Human nature, Value)

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Keywords: Men, Women, America, Blood, Dissent, Doctrine, May, Spirit)

What President Bush did in his doctrine of preemptive strike and in his war in Afghanistan and in Iraq was to turn even his allies in Europe negatively toward America.
- Louis Farrakhan
(Keywords: War, Afghanistan, America, Doctrine, Europe, Iraq, President)

There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.
- Francois Fenelon
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Doctrine, Misery, Religious, Road, Vice, World)

We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Keywords: Money, Doctrine, Poor)

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Morality, Conflict, Doctrine, Reason, Religious)

There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Keywords: Society, Answers, Doctrine, Lust, Mind, Right)

They're after one world religion and one world government. That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine.
- Hutton Gibson
(Keywords: Religion, Government, Control, Church, Doctrine, World)

Christ's riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in.
- Thomas Goodwin
(Keywords: Christ, Doctrine, Treasure)

The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians.
- Angelina Grimke
(Keywords: Power, Blind, Doctrine, Obedience, Republicans)

Godliness, as well as the doctrine of our faith, is a mystery.
- William Gurnall
(Keywords: Faith, Doctrine, Mystery)

The proposition that Muslims are welcome in Britain if, and only if, they stop behaving like Muslims is a doctrine which is incompatible with the principles that guide a free society.
- Roy Hattersley
(Keywords: Society, Doctrine, Principles)

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God, and therefore the life and governing power of the Church, resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.
- Charles Hodge
(Keywords: Life, Power, God, People, Church, Doctrine, Spirit)

So you're quite right that when... as the Cold War grew and expanded out of Europe, we ourselves had to take refuge behind the shield of the Monroe Doctrine.
- E. Howard Hunt
(Keywords: War, Doctrine, Europe, Right)

The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Men, Time, Doctrine, Fiction, Sense)

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
- Immanuel Kant
(Keywords: Happiness, Morality, Doctrine, May)

The doctrine of original sin claims that all men sinned in Adam; but whether they did or whether it is merely a fact that all men sin does not basically affect the problem of suffering.
- Walter Kaufmann
(Keywords: Men, Doctrine, Fact, Sin, Suffering)

In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law.
- Aly Khan
(Keywords: Legal, Islam, Doctrine, Law, Liberty, Principles, Schools)

A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Keywords: War, People, Wealth, Class, Doctrine, Nothing, Poverty, Solution)

The Doctrine of the Trinity teaches that within the unity of the one Godhead there are three separate persons who are coequal in power, nature, and eternity.
- Walter Martin
(Keywords: Nature, Power, Doctrine, Eternity, Trinity, Unity)

There is a kind of thinking in the Church that wants to reduce the priest to a mere functionary, a managing director, where administration rather than doctrine and worship are to determine the form of the Church.
- Arthur Middleton
(Keywords: Church, Doctrine, Thinking, Worship)

Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.
- Henry Miller
(Keywords: Action, Difference, Doctrine, Evil, Example, Poets, World)

A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.
- Dwight L. Moody
(Keywords: Friend, Christ, Doctrine, Years)

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.
- Richard M. Nixon
(Keywords: Government, Doctrine, President, Questioning, Separation)

The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition.
- Nancy Pelosi
(Keywords: War, History, Doctrine, Iraq, President, Radical)

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne
(Keywords: Age, History, Science, Character, Creation, Doctrine, Theology, Universe)

I also think we need to maintain distinctions - the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology, and we should resist the temptation, which sometimes scientists give in to, to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science.
- John Polkinghorne
(Keywords: Science, Creation, Doctrine, Scientists, Temptation, Theology)

A true servant of God will never teach a false doctrine. He will never deny new revelation. He never will tell you that the canon of scripture is full, or that the New Testament is the last revelation ever intended to be given to man.
- Orson Pratt
(Keywords: God, Doctrine, Man, New testament, Scripture, Will)

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing.
- Joseph Priestley
(Keywords: Ideas, Doctrine, Nothing, Will)

Meanwhile the Church more and more provided for the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by practically chaining His influence to the hierarchy and the sacraments.
- Robert Rainy
(Keywords: Church, Doctrine, Influence, Spirit)

There are times in history where a particular doctrine becomes a symbol of a greater problem.
- Pat Robertson
(Keywords: History, Doctrine, Symbol)

The methods of peace propaganda which aim at establishing peace doctrine by argument and by creating a feeling favorable to peace in general seem to fall short of reaching the springs of human action and of dealing with the causes of the conduct which they seek to modify.
- Elihu Root
(Keywords: Peace, Action, Argument, Causes, Doctrine, Feeling, Propaganda)

In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Men, Time, America, Doctrine, Opinion)

My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
- Anna Sewell
(Keywords: Power, Cruelty, Doctrine, Guilt, Nothing, Wrong)

I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people are the slaves and property of their government. I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government.
- Gerrit Smith
(Keywords: Government, People, Doctrine, Property)

It is needless to say how great has been the influence of the doctrine of Evolution, or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to which it has given birth, upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions.
- Goldwin Smith
(Keywords: History, Doctrine, Evolution, Influence, Investigation, Study)

As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.
- Arlen Specter
(Keywords: Constitution, Doctrine, Sound)

I believe that nothing happens apart from divine determination and decree. We shall never be able to escape from the doctrine of divine predestination - the doctrine that God has foreordained certain people unto eternal life.
- Charles Spurgeon
(Keywords: Life, God, People, Determination, Doctrine, Nothing)

Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine of the consent of the governed, and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle that men are endowed with inalienable rights.
- Leland Stanford
(Keywords: Government, Men, Doctrine, Rights)

I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization.
- J. G. Stedman
(Keywords: Civilization, Friend, Actions, Doctrine, Nations, Will)



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