Ceremony Quotes

When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony. (Julius Caesar) - William Shakespeare


Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favour during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. - Charles de Gaulle


Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recan'ting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none. - William Shakespeare


Bath: A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman. - Herbert Spencer


Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state. - Kathleen Norris


Abrupt: Sudden, without ceremony, like the arrival of a cannon-shot and the departure of the soldier whose interests are most affected by it. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.-Henry James


There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy.-Charles Eastman


This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will.-Stanford Moore


This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for.-Chiwetel Ejiofor


Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.-Henry James


We wait here to meet the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam to discuss together a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population.-Duong Van Minh


Winning the Outstanding Contribution award is great, because you know you have won in advance. Previously, I have been really nervous during the ceremony because you have no idea if you are going to get called up on stage. This time I could relax and enjoy myself.-Tom Jones


A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.-Robert Orben


Before I took the veil, I was ornamented for the ceremony, and was clothed in a rich dress belonging to the Convent, which was used on such occasions; and placed not far from the altar in the chapel, in the view of a number of spectators who had assembled, perhaps about forty.-Maria Monk


Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.-William Cowper


Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.-R. Lee Ermey


Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.-G. I. Gurdjieff


Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony, a real ceremony.-Katherine Dunham


Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.-Charles de Gaulle


I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.-David Antin


I was quite moved to see this huge crowd which attended the ceremony in the middle of the town.-Hermann Maier


If you're at an award ceremony, you're against your mates.-Imelda Staunton


In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.'-Jimmy Carter


Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.-Herbert Spencer


Mary, my little girl, was confirmed in a Buddhist temple. She saw the Life write up on Buddhism, with pictures of the ceremony, and she said she wanted to be confirmed there because she only liked Jesus as a kid. She was a little disappointed in him when he grew up.-Kenneth Rexroth


Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.-Ludwig Wittgenstein


Of the unjust rights which in virtue of this ceremony an iniquitous law gives me over the person and property of another, I cannot legally, but I can morally, divest myself.-Robert Dale Owen


On the fortieth day after his death, we held the ceremony, and I performed for the very first time.-Nusrat F. A. Khan


The Academy Awards ceremony is designed to be without irony, but Chris Rock supplied it anyway with filmed movie-theater interviews with black men and women who had never heard of the movies nominated for Best Picture.-Suzanne Fields


The ceremony took six minutes. The marriage lasted about the same amount of time though we didn't get a divorce for almost a year.-Hedy Lamarr


The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted.-Ira Glasser


The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.-John Cheever

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