There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
From Sinai we have heard thee speak, And from mount Calv’ry too; And yet to idols oft we seek, While thou art in our view Some golden calf, or golden dream, Some fancied creature-good, Presumes to share the heart with him, Who bought the whole with blood. Lord, save us from our golden calves, Our […]
There are Idols which we call Idols of the Market. For Men associate by Discourse, and a false and improper Imposition of Words strangely possesses the Understanding, for Words absolutely force the Understanding, and put all Things into Confusion.
Idolatry is in a man’s own thought, not in the opinion of another.
All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
‘Tis mad idolatry To make the service greater than the god. (Troilus and Cressida)
Some heathens whose Idol was greatly weatherworn threw it into a river, and erecting a new one, engaged in public worship at its base. “What is this all about?” inquired the New Idol. “Father of Joy and Gore,” said the High Priest, “be patient and I will instruct you in the doctrines and rites of […]
When men have gone so far as to talk as though their idols have come to life, it is time that someone broke them.
Give us the man,” shout the multitude,” who will step forward and take the responsibility.” He is instantly the idol, the lord, and the king among men. He, then, who would command among his fellows, must excel them more in energy or will than in power of intellect.
Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, this is the god of his idolatry.