Commandments Quotes

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Marcus Tullius Cicero
“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.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

Sam Harris
“If you think that it would be impossible to improve upon the Ten Commandments as a statement of morality, you really owe it to yourself to read some other scriptures. Once again, we need look no further than the Jains: Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: 'Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.' Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept. Christians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a theologically defensible reading of the Bible.”
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

John Stuart Mill
“Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) 'thou shalt not' predominates unduly over 'thou shalt.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Shannon L. Alder
“It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.”
Shannon L. Alder

Criss Jami
“Those who live as though God sets the rules are not going by their own rules. That is the self-sacrifice, or selflessness, that peace more often than not requires. Those who insist on going by their own rules cannot make that sacrifice. They are the steady adherents of (global) conflict because they are forever fighting both themselves and others to do whatever they think that they want to do.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Anne Lamott
“Why couldn't Jesus command us to obsess over everything, to try to control and manipulate people, to try not to breathe at all, or to pay attention, stomp away to brood when people annoy us, and then eat a big bag of Hershey's Kisses in bed?”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

G.K. Chesterton
“This man's spiritual power has been precisely this, that he has distinguished between custom and creed. He has broken the conventions, but he has kept the commandments.”
G.K. Chesterton, Manalive

Steve Kluger
“The only thing I know about Moses is him coming down from the mountain with the commandments and saying 'The good news is I got him down to 10. The bad news is adultery is still in.”
Steve Kluger, Last Days of Summer

James C. Dobson
“Failure to put the relationship on a slower timetable may result in an act that was never intended in the first place. Another important principle is to avoid the circumstances where compromise is likely. A girl who wants to preserve her virginity should not find herself in a house or dorm room alone with someone to whom she is attracted. Nor should she single-date with someone she has reason not to trust. A guy who wants to be moral should stay away from the girl he knows would go to bed with him. Remember the words of Solomon to his son, “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house” (Proverbs 5:8). I know this advice sounds very narrow in a day when virginity is mocked and chastity is considered old-fashioned. But I don’t apologize for it. The Scriptures are eternal, and God’s standards of right and wrong do not change with the whims of culture. He will honor and help those who are trying to follow His commandments. In fact, the apostle Paul said, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (1Corinthians 10:13). Hold that promise and continue to use your head. You’ll be glad you did.”
James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

“How come there's no commandment that says "Thou shalt not rape"? Did God ask Mary for consent before he put a baby in her? Or was God Christianity's first rapist?”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

“We take a cavalier approach to Scripture at our own peril. If the scientific and historical accounts are true, then the commandments, promises and penalties are much more so. The Bible is not just a guideline. It is the authoritative Word of God. Disobeying it has consequences. Obeying it has rewards. Yet we fudge. We compromise. We rationalize. We trade away our spiritual integrity for man’s approval and as we do, we gradually erode our ability to distinguish right from wrong, to see our own failings, and to turn back in repentance to God. We simply have no idea how this cavalier attitude towards God’s Word taints our witness and hinders the kingdom of God.”
Craig Olson

Lailah Gifty Akita
“LORD God, please give us grace to obey thy great laws.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Is it too bold to point out
that there is nothing in the ten commandments
about protecting children against cruelty?
Nothing against rape and nothing against slavery,
and nothing agains genocide.
Could this be because these crimes
are positively recommended
in the rest of the bible?”
A.J. Beirens

Petter Dass
“Ikke maa du heller slaa
nabokvæget brun og blaa
om de av vanvare
gjorde paa din eng et trav,
man faar udi nabolav
ei saa streng fremfare.”
Petter Dass

Immanuel Kant
“...[T]he sublimity and intrinsic dignity of the command in duty are so much the more evident, the less the subjective impulses favor it and the more they oppose it, without being able in the slightest degree to weaken the obligation of the law or to diminish its validity.”
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals

James C. Dobson
“The validity of Solomon's message has not changed in the three thousand years since he penned it. It comes down through the corridors of time and echoes today with the authority of God Himself. Solomon tells us that the divine commandments are a "light" that will show us "the way to life." But those who would disregard them, both male and female, will suffer the painful consequences.”
James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: A Young Adult's Guide to a Meaningful Future

Immanuel Kant
“It must be freely admitted that there is a sort of circle here from which it seems impossible to escape. In the order of efficient causes we assume ourselves free, in order that in the order of ends we may conceive ourselves as subject to these laws because we have attributed to ourselves freedom of will; for freedom and self-legislation of will are both autonomy...”
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals: & the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The Great law is God's commandment.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“A good understanding is to keep the great law.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“Whoever gains good understanding, keeps God's commandment.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“To forget God's law is our tragedy.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“To love God is to keep his commandment.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“With grace, we can obey God’s commands.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“There is no liberty like the grace to keep law of God.”
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Lailah Gifty Akita
“There is no perfect law of liberty like the great Commandments of God.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Catherynne M. Valente
“Monsters, you know, cannot appreciate the niceties of commandments carved in stone.”
Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden

Richard Dawkins
“Here is one set of 'New Ten Commandments' from today, which I happened to
find on an atheist website:

• Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
• In all things, strive to cause no harm.
• Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
• Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
• Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
• Always seek to be learning something new.
• Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
• Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
• Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
• Question everything.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Enock Maregesi
“Mungu alikupa maisha akakupa akili ili utambue jema na baya na akakupa amri zake ili uishi kwa amani na upendo. Kama Mungu hayupo mwanamume na mwanamke walitoka wapi? Wazazi wako walitoka wapi? Wazazi wao walitoka wapi? Wazazi wao walitoka wapi?”
Enock Maregesi

Walter J. Chantry
“The law is neither more nor less than an elucidation of the demands of love.”
Walter J. Chantry, Today's Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?

“Commandments belong to the very lowest class of morality.”
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