Quotation Explorer - 'Doctrine'

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H. L. Mencken
There is nothing so asinine that governments will not proclaim it as official doctrine.
REPROBATION, n. In theology, the state of a luckless mortal prenatally damned. The doctrine of reprobation was taught by Calvin, whose joy in it was somewhat marred by the sad sincerity of his conviction that although some are foredoomed to perdition, others are predestined to salvation. - Ambrose Bierce
Optimism, n. The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. - Ambrose Bierce
Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. - Joseph Priestley
The most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending eternity. - Bruce R. McConkie
I consider it an extremely dangerous doctrine, because the more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves. - Carl Sagan
To understand Darwin's work, you have to distinguish between his theory of descent and his theory of natural selection. THe full name of the first is the theory of descent with modification. Some call it the fact of evolution, and some call it the doctrine of evolution. - Lee Spetner
Optimist, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. - Ambrose Bierce
If every age has its own characteristic doctrine, there are a thousand signs which point to Fascism as the characteristic doctrine of our time.
I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. [The World Is My Home (1991)] - James A. Michener
In Islam, it is the "moderate" who is left to split hairs,because the basic thrust of the doctrine is undeniable: convert, sub-jugate, or kill unbelievers; kill apostates; and conquer the world. - Sam Harris
The doctrine of laisser-faire will not work in the material world. - E.M. Forster
There is no such existence of Atma or Soul separately. That is a doctrine. In Vedas they are saying God’s light and then and there they are saying ‘He is the best man.’ So why do you call this best man as Atma? - Sri Jibankrishna or Diamond
Do you prefer to be with people who glow with love and compassion or those who burn with anger fueled by religious doctrine or political ideology? - Jeff Rasley
Grace is not a doctrine or a religion. It is a person, Jesus Christ. - John Paul Warren
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. - Theodore Roosevelt
The doctrine of eternal punishment is in perfect harmony with the savagery of the men who made the orthodox creeds. It is in harmony with torture, with flaying alive, and with burnings. The men who burned their fellow-men for a moment, believed that God would burn his enemies forever. - Robert G. Ingersoll
What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil. - Gautama Buddha
If your doctrine changed for the better yet your character changed for the worse, you changed for the worse. - Criss Jami
The doctrine of the material efficacy of prayer reduces the Creator to a cosmic bellhop of a not very bright or reliable kind. - Herbert Müller
The most frustrating thing about our doctrine in the modern church is that the unbelievers who have never been to church, the agnostics, those who are out rightly atheist, don’t have to fight with whether they are supposed to dominate the earth or not, they just go ahead and do it - Sunday Adelaja
I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. - Sigmund Freud
If we are to be biblical, then, the issue is not whether we should have a doctrine of predestination or not, but what kind we should embrace. - R.C. Sproul
PANTHEISM, n. The doctrine that everything is God, in contradistinction to the doctrine that God is everything. - Ambrose Bierce
Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine. - Friedrich Nietzsche
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity. - Robertson Davies
Say what men may, it is doctrine that moves the world. He who takes no position will not sway the human intellect. - William Thayer Shedd
The Doctrine is the Ecstasy - J.T.Abraham
Dictatorship, by whatever name, is founded on the doctrine that the individual amounts to nothing; that the State is the only one that counts; and that men and women and children were put on earth solely for the purpose of serving the state. - Harry Truman
Good conduct arises out of good doctrine. - John R.W. Stott
True Christians are those who carry out Christ's doctrine in their lives. - Michael Sattler
MANICHEISM, n. The ancient Persian doctrine of an incessant warfare between Good and Evil. When Good gave up the fight the Persians joined the victorious Opposition. - Ambrose Bierce
The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H.L. Mencken
The study of doctrine and the teaching of doctrine will change behavior more than the study of behavior will change behavior. - Boyd K. Packer
There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far. - Theodore Roosevelt
Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man. - Robert Ingersoll
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. - Bertrand Russell
Doctrine once sown strikes deep its root, and respect for antiquity influences all men. - William Harvey
God will judge us by what we did to relieve the suffering of our fellow human beings. I don't think God cares what doctrine we embrace. - Abraham Verghese
SACERDOTALIST, n. One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest. Denial of this momentous doctrine is the hardest challenge that is now flung into the teeth of the Episcopalian church by the Neo-Dictionarians. - Ambrose Bierce
A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world. - Tony Benn
We feel like acting like a Christian, following the steps of Christ, is much more important than following a doctrine. - Isabel Ruiz Lucero
And watch two men washing clothes,one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. they seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony.Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. - Jalaluddin Rumi
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