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I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford. ...
by Lionel Blue

I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
- Lionel Blue

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

Praying privately in churches, I began to discover
that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now,
woven into this life.
- Lionel Blue

I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
- Lionel Blue

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The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me,
and attracted me.
- Lionel Blue

Pious XII was too neutral to mention the gas chambers;
decent people like my own family were turned into devils by crude Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

Good things come, and I'm not just referring to riding the buses.
- Lionel Blue


 

It's more fun to watch without joining in.
- Lionel Blue

I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
- Lionel Blue

For a devotee or lover, the being, worshipped or loved,
will always be the only one for her or him.
- Lionel Blue

For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that
God has fully revealed himself.
For a Jew this cannot be.
- Lionel Blue

Someone gave me a New Testament.
I had never before read it systematically.
Some parts made sense, some parts shocked me.
- Lionel Blue

For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism.
The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
- Lionel Blue

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be
at the other end of the stick.
Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
- Lionel Blue

Christianity had two faces which bewildered me -
two pictures which didn't fit.
- Lionel Blue

The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks,
just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist
than it cares to acknowledge.
- Lionel Blue

During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households,
I encountered Christianity at home and in school.
- Lionel Blue

I was not allowed a physical lover.
Falling in love with Love was the best I could get.
- Lionel Blue

I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown,
perplexed by my own sexuality.
I was gay.
- Lionel Blue

So many plusses, so many minuses.
- Lionel Blue

Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles,
whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection
or casting out demons from an epileptic.
- Lionel Blue

Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas,
and insults against Jews in Martin Luther.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in
how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest
themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.
- Lionel Blue

At religious instruction classes, I encountered The
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan,
and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming.
- Lionel Blue

I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven,
heaven happened.
These things changed my life.
I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
- Lionel Blue

It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians
could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat.
- Lionel Blue

My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've
begun to enjoy parts of it too.
So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely.
- Lionel Blue

Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism,
and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.
- Lionel Blue

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto
and the Jewish badge of shame.
The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
- Lionel Blue

To change, to convert? Why bother?
- Lionel Blue

I have begun to sympathetically understand Paul,
though I don't like him much.
- Lionel Blue

I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually,
were really my soul's plusses.
- Lionel Blue

Some of the parables of the Kingdom made wonderful sense,
but the exclusivity in the New Testament put me off.
- Lionel Blue

It is not possible to unknow what you do know -
the result of that is fanaticism.
- Lionel Blue

On the way to work good-hearted young girls sometimes offer me their seats,
which I accept and bless them in return,
a transaction satisfying to all concerned.
- Lionel Blue

I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
- Lionel Blue

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

I still go to a Christian priory for retreats.
- Lionel Blue

Old friends die on you, and they're irreplaceable.
You become dependent.
- Lionel Blue

This Christian poison hasn't stopped yet.
- Lionel Blue

In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity
because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
- Lionel Blue

The real evidence is not practically speaking in scholarship
but in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him
manifest themselves in the lives of practising Christians.
Their lives are the proofs of their beliefs.
- Lionel Blue

What would I have done if I'd been put to the test?
Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably,
I would have looked the other way at best or become
another apologist for evil at worst.
- Lionel Blue

I didn't want to be on the losing side.
I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear.
I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering.
I was sickened by our sad songs.
- Lionel Blue

I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto,
though it hasn't been very comfortable.
Taken together, their limitations cancel each other
out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly.
- Lionel Blue

I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish
one have much to give each other.
If this open society continues and there is no return
to political anti-Semitism,
then this encounter, deeper than any theology,
may happen.
- Lionel Blue

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion.
When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended,
she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.
- Lionel Blue

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

The real test of friendship is: can you literally do
nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those
moments of life that are utterly simple?
- Eugene Kennedy

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty
good likelihood their case -
no matter what its merit -
will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert

No statement about God is simply, literally true.
God is far more than can be measured,
described, defined in ordinary language,
or pinned down to any particular happening.
- David Edward Jenkins

I don't know Bill Clinton as someone who needs to literally sexually harass a woman.
I'm sure that he could have found many willing participants.
- Gennifer Flowers

Sometimes I've gotten photographs back and people have
literally shaven off pieces of me,
and I tell them to put it back.
- Alicia Keys

The role of Barbara, in Music for Millions,
was literally a tonic for me.
- June Allyson

There are rumors, rumors, rumors.
I'm always the last one to know about these things,
literally.
- Shawn Ashmore

There are clear cases in which "understanding" literally
applies and clear cases in which it does not apply;
and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.
- John Searle

A man is literally what he thinks.
- James Allen

For the first time in the history of mankind,
one generation literally has the power to destroy the past,
the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

It was only literally hours after the wedding when
he felt he didn't have to keep up the facade.
- Trisha Goddard

In television, everything is gone with the speed of light,
literally.
It is no field for anybody with intimations of immortality.
- Charles Kuralt

Being able to pit your wits against literally hundreds
of other people is really exciting and ultimately the
biggest single challenge for a poker player.
- Tim Page

They put chains on me; they chained my waist,
my legs.
Put me in the back of a squad car, and I literally blacked out.
I didn't even - there's whole pieces missing.
- Jim Bakker

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.'
That's a huge myth.
John and I literally used to sit down and say,
'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
- Paul McCartney

In my home State of Louisiana, several institutions
of higher education have been impacted by both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
literally dozens across the entire State.
- Bobby Jindal

The thing that's characteristic of my performance is
that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.
- Laurie Anderson

I literally was saved by a role, from becoming a cab driver.
I never did have to wait tables, though,
so looking back I guess I had it pretty soft.
- Sam Waterston

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years
that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes.
We literally do not know how he did it.
- Lukas Foss


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