2009-09-06

Quotes: Brothers Karamazov ~ Father Paissy

(trans. Garnett)

Book I Part 4 Chapter 1 Father Ferapont



(Father Paissy to Aloysha)



"Remember, young man, unceasingly," Father Paissy began, without preface, "that the science of this world, which has become a great power, has, especially in the last century, analysed everything divine handed down to us in the holy books. After this cruel analysis the learned of this world have nothing left of all that was sacred of old. But they have only analysed the parts and overlooked the whole, and indeed their blindness is marvellous. Yet the whole still stands steadfast before their eyes, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Has it not lasted nineteen centuries, is it not still a living, a moving power in the individual soul and in the masses of people? It is still as strong and living even in the souls of atheists, who have destroyed everything! For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old. When it has been attempted, the result has been only grotesque.

Pevear Volokhonsky trans.
Father Paissy: "Remember young man, unceasingly...
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Notable Sayings About the Bible

...(from Halley's Bible Handbook):

Billy Graham: We have in our generation people who question if the Bible
is the Word of God. From beginning to end, the Bible is God’s Word,
inspired by the Holy Spirit. When I turn to the Bible, I know that I am
reading truth. And I turn to it every day.

George Mueller of Bristol: The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact
proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts. I
solemnly state this from the experience of fifty-four years. . . . I have read
the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight.
Each time it seems like a new book to me. Great has been the blessing
from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when
I have not had a good time over the Word of God.

D. L. Moody: I prayed for faith, and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Now faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had closed my Bible, and
prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and faith
has been growing ever since.

Abraham Lincoln: I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.

W. E. Gladstone: I have known ninety-five of the world’s great men in my time, and of these eighty-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a specialty of origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors.

George Washington: It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.

Daniel Webster: If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect
its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe
may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.

Thomas Carlyle: The Bible is the truest utterance that ever came by alphabetic letters from the soul of man, through which, as through a window divinely opened, all men can look into the stillness of eternity, and discern in glimpses their far-distant, long-forgotten home.

John Ruskin: Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart.

Charles A. Dana: The grand old Book still stands; and this old earth, the more its leaves are turned and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the pages of the Sacred Word.

Thomas Huxley: The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in a position to dispense with it.

Patrick Henry: The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.

U. S. Grant: The Bible is the anchor of our liberties.

Horace Greeley: It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Biblereading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.

Andrew Jackson: That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.

Robert E. Lee: In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.

Lord Tennyson: Bible reading is an education in itself.

John Quincy Adams: So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the
Bible once every year.

Immanuel Kant: The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.

Charles Dickens: The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.

Sir William Herschel: All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures.

Sir Isaac Newton: There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.

Goethe: Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in ever greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation and moral culture of
Christianity, as it shines forth in the gospels, it will not go.

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