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G. K. Chesterton
Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.William Shakespeare
Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown but where there is true friendship, there needs none.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.Thomas Love Peacock
Names are changed more readily than doctrines, and doctrines more readily than ceremonies.T. S. Eliot
Any religion...is for ever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.George Gurdjieff
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.Blaise Pascal
It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.Buddhist Nun
Only within burns the fire I kindle. My heart the altar. My heart the altar.
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