Idols Quotes

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David Foster Wallace
“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”
David Foster Wallace , This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Gustave Flaubert
“Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers."

(Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles: la dorure en reste aux mains.)
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Anthon St. Maarten
“Constantly exposing yourself to popular culture and the mass media will ultimately shape your reality tunnel in ways that are not necessarily conducive to achieving your Soul Purpose and Life Calling. Modern society has generally ‘lost the plot’. Slavishly following its false gods and idols makes no sense in a spiritually aware life.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Gustave Flaubert
“The denigration of those we love always detaches us from them in some degree. Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Craig Ferguson
“Be careful who you choose as your hero or who you choose to deify, be it Clay Aiken or Barack Obama. You put all you're hope and all your dreams and all your ideas about stuff into one human being. They're a human being they're going to let you down.

You can't make someone your hero because of something you read on the internet. The internet is not a source of information it is a source of disinformation.”
Craig Ferguson

Oswald Chambers
“Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling emphasis of concentration on God is apt to become overly burdened by his work. He is a slave to his own limits, having no freedom of his body, mind, or spirit. Consequently, he becomes burned out and defeated. There is no freedom and no delight in life at all. His nerves, mind, and heart are so overwhelmed that God’s blessing cannot rest on him.”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Robert A. Heinlein
“But there seems to have been an actual decline in rational thinking. The United States had become a place where entertainers and professional athletes were mistaken for people of importance. They were idolized and treated as leaders; their opinions were sought on everything and they took themselves just as seriously — after all, if an athlete is paid a million or more a year, he knows he is important … so his opinions of foreign affairs and domestic policies must be important, too, even though he proves himself to be both ignorant and subliterate every time he opens his mouth. (Most of his fans were just as ignorant and unlettered; the disease was spreading.)”
Robert A. Heinlein, To Sail Beyond the Sunset

Oscar A. Romero
“We must overturn so many idols, the idol of self first of all, so that we can be humble, and only from our humility can learn to be redeemers, can learn to work together in the way the world really needs. Liberation that raises a cry against others is no true liberation. Liberation that means revolutions of hate and violence and takes away lives of others or abases the dignity of others cannot be true liberty. True liberty does violence to self and, like Christ, who disregarded that he was sovereign becomes a slave to serve others.”
Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love

Bede Griffiths
“Atheism and agnosticism signify the rejection of certain images and concepts of God or of truth, which are historically conditioned and therefore inadequate. Atheism is a challenge to religion to purifiy its images and concepts and come nearer to the truth of divine mystery.”
Bede Griffiths

Paul Beatty
“Hereos. Idols. They're never who you think they are. Shorter. Nastier. Smellier. And when you finally meet them, there's something that makes you want to choke the shit out of them.”
Paul Beatty, Slumberland

Gustave Flaubert
“We must not touch our idols; the gilt sticks to our fingers.”
Gustave Flaubert

Nikos Kazantzakis
“What first truly stirred my soul was not fear or pain, nor was it pleasure or games; it was the yearning for freedom. I had to gain freedom - but from what, from whom? Little by little, in the course of time, I mounted freedom's rough unaccommodating ascent. To gain freedom first of all from the Turk, that was the initial step; after that, later, this new struggle began: to gain freedom from the inner Turk - from ignorance, malice and envy, from fear and laziness, from dazzling false ideas; and finally from idols, all of them, even the most revered and beloved.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

Dallas Willard
“There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas This is never more true than with our ideas about God.”
Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
“One very difficult aspect of sin is that my sin never feels like sin to me. My sin feels like life to me, plain and simple. My heart is an idol factory, and my mind is an excuse-making factory.”
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Friedrich Nietzsche
“it is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book — what everyone else does not say in a book.”
Nietzsche, Friedrich
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Louisa May Alcott
“The youngest, aged twelve, could not conceal her disappointment, and turned away, feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very extraordinary men and women.”
Louisa May Alcott, Jo's Boys

“Often times we fall for people's reflections, forgetting that there are shadows behind them.”
Goitsemang Mvula

Anthony Liccione
“A god is anything that lives outside of God.”
Anthony Liccione

M.F. Moonzajer
“We do remember once we were wrong sacrificing everything for idols and stones likewise today for ghost and phantoms.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Dean F. Wilson
“The candles were adored and worshipped like idols, for, after all, they invoked the gods of light.”
Dean F. Wilson, Lifemaker

“Augustine [of Hippo] knew the power and the danger of idolatry and celebrity. And he knew the danger of both was first to permit the idolater to offload the duty of thinking onto their idol. And second to seduce the celebrity, in turn, into thinking his fans have nothing insightful to say. That treatment of a fellow human, a fellow christian, would be not the achievement of theology but the avoidance of it. And he went out of his way in his life and in his words to forestall such approaches.”
Charles T. Mathewes, Books that Matter: The City of God

Sylvia Nasar
“His heroes were solitary thinkers and supermen like Newton and Nietzsche.”
Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind

Thomm Quackenbush
“A few hours remained until sunset, though time is never enough in the city. Even the quality of sunlight was alien, defused in the reflection of monoliths that would outshine primitive idols.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Holidays with Bigfoot

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Try to be a god and see if you’ve got enough divinity within yourself to save yourself from the mess that you’ll make just by thinking about doing it, much less the mess you’ll make if you actually attempt it.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

G. P. Moci
“The Xanax idols
Pipe and needles icons,
The generation of hysteria,
(Lazy youth looking...for prosperity)
human rights lost in austerity.”
G. P. Moci, Isabella

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If there is any evidence that points to the existence of God, it is found in man’s incessant desire to be ‘god’ and his repeated failure to be anything but men who wish to be what they are not.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Criss Jami
“Idolatry is not only excessive reverence, but also excessive abhorrence - that side of the coin which runs the risk of establishing a false gospel under the implication that, for example, if you hate this certain individual, you're a good person no matter what; if you love this certain individual, you're a bad person no matter what.”
Criss Jami

“Jesus calls us to … “hate” money, give it away to the poor, simplify our lives, practice universal love and compassion, and focus our attention, time, and energy on the God of love and peace. Of course,, this either/or teaching can be applied to all the consequences of the idolatry of money. Jesus could just as easily say: “You cannot serve both God and country. You cannot serve both God and war. You cannot serve both God and nuclear weapons. You cannot serve both the God of life and peace and the false gods of death and war. It’s one or the other.”
John Dear, The Beatitudes of Peace: Meditations on the Beatitudes, Peacemaking & the Spiritual Life

Karl Kristian Flores
“In 1961, a recovering addict was saved by the works of an uplifting novelist. Months later, the man found out his role model committed suicide one morning. Liar, he cried. It was like watching his hero say that heroes don’t exist and then flying away. What do books mean if the writer gave up? The reader decided to give heroism a try and wrote stories about how great life can be until he could convince himself of it. The experiment is still in the works.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The beauty of God is that He will always be there to pick us up after we’ve exhausted ourselves attempting to be Him.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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