„Fathers and guardians, bishops of our Church, you ought to minister to the poor, or rather to Christ in them, and not to seek after vanities. But now you act quite contrary to this; and are vainglorious and avaricious beyond all other men.“

—  Carlos Magno, Quoted in Notker's The Deeds of Charlemagne (translated 2008 by David Ganz)
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„Think deeply about this: what are you going to ask of Christ when you are in his Church? You come stepping in softly, seeking quiet under her vaulted roofs (unless, of course, you come out of mere vanity) in order to forget your problems and preoccupations [-] languidly immersing yourself in the majesty of the sacred chorales and in the aromatic clouds of incense: and then to sleep[-] But this is not the peace of Christ. My peace I give you, my peace I leave you. He said My, which is not the peace of this world. But you want to establish the Church in the peace of the world, and that is why the others, when they come, cannot enter without war cries rising from their overwrought lungs. They rebel, filling the temple with blashemous roars, they eject the terrified faithful, who had been half asleep, they insult or kill the ministers at the altar, knock over the altar itself, smash the stone saints, burn the church [-] so it is that she once again becomes, for them, the church of the Christ that died on the cross. [-] This time, do not leave her rebuilding to others. Do not wish to put up sturdier walls for these will not give her a better defense [-] Nor should you ask the rich to contribute too much money for the reconstruction, lest the poor, should receive the benefice with mistrust. Let it be the poor who rebuild her, for then they will do so according to their fashion and only in this way will they love her.“

—  Joan Maragall Spanish writer 1860 - 1911

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„The Father willed that these two, the God Christ and the Church, should be one man.“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Context: What is the Church? She is the body of Christ. Join to it the Head, and you have one man: The Head and the body make up one man. Who is the head? He who was born of the Virgin Mary. … And what is His body? It is His Spouse, that is, the Church.... The Father willed that these two, the God Christ and the Church, should be one man. All men are one man in Christ, and the unity of the Christians constitutes but one man. And this man is all men, all men are this man; for all are one, since Christ is one. p. 414

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„3895. Poor men seek meat for their Stomach; rich Men Stomach for their Meat.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
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„Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.“

—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836
A paraphrase of a statement by John Witherspoon, who was president of Princeton when Madison attended the school, in a sermon "Glorying in the Cross"(1768):