Heathen Quotes

Quotes tagged as "heathen" (showing 1-11 of 11)
Ambrose Bierce
Heathen, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something he can see and feel.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Algernon Charles Swinburne
“Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean; the world has grown grey from thy breath;/ We have drunken of things Lethean, and fed on the fullness of death”
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Marshall Thornton
“He'd already identified me as a heathen, and I hoped he wouldn't try to change that.”
Marshall Thornton, Two Nick Nowak Novellas

Robert G. Ingersoll
“If the Pentateuch is inspired, the civilization of of our day is a mistake and crime. There should be no political liberty. Heresy should be trodden out beneath the bigot's brutal feet. Husbands should divorce their wives at will, and make the mothers of their children houseless and weeping wanderers. Polygamy ought to be practiced; women should become slaves; we should buy the sons and daughters of the heathen and make them bondmen and bondwomen forever. We should sell our own flesh and blood, and have the right to kill our slaves. Men and women should be stoned to death for laboring on the seventh day. 'Mediums,' such as have familiar spirits, should be burned with fire. Every vestige of mental liberty should be destroyed, and reason's holy torch extinguished in the martyr's blood.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Thomas Hobbes
“For, from the time that the Bishop of Rome had gotten to be acknowledged for bishop universal, by pretence of succession to St. Peter, their whole hierarchy, or kingdom of darkness, may be compared not unfitly to the kingdom of fairies; that is, to the old wives' fables in England concerning ghosts and spirits, and the feats they play in the night. And if a man consider the original of this great ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof: for so did the papacy start up on a sudden out of the ruins of that heathen power.”
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Tariq Ali
“The heathen could only be eliminated as a force if their culture was completely erased.”
Tariq Ali, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Rick Riordan
“Oh, please.” Loki stepped back, examining me with a look of disappointment. “It’s only a matter of degree. So I killed a god. Big deal! He went to Niflheim and became an honored guest in my daughter’s palace. And my punishment? You want to know my punishment?”

“You were tied on a stone slab,” I said. “With poison from a snake dripping on your face. I know.”

“Do you?” Loki pulled back his cuffs, showing me the raw scars on his wrists. “The gods were not content to punish me with eternal torture. They took out their wrath upon my two favorite sons–Vali and Narvi. They turned Vali into a wolf and watched with amusement while he disemboweled his brother Narvi. Then they shot and gutted the wolf. The gods took my innocent sons’ own entrails…” Loki’s voice cracked with grief. “Well, Magnus Chase, let’s just say I was not bound with ropes.”

Something in my chest curled up and died–possibly my hope that there was any kind of justice in the universe. “Gods.”

Loki nodded. “Yes, Magnus. The gods. Think about that when you meet Thor.”

“I’m meeting Thor?”

“I’m afraid so. The gods don’t even pretend to deal in good and evil, Magnus. It’s not the Aesir way. Might makes right. So tell me… do you really want to charge into battle on their behalf?”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Melanie Jackson
“Good God, is the man a heathen?’

‘Worse, a capitalist with pretensions of culture.”
Melanie Jackson, Impression of Bones

“Your head is filling up...”
Matthew Sawyer

J.C. Ryle
“It is bad enough to be unconverted and going to hell. It is even worse to say, “I know it and will not cry for mercy.”
J.C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer