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William Robertson Smith Quotes and Sayings

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But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential
part of ancient religion,
for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.
- William Robertson Smith

That the God-man died for his people,
and that His death is their life, is an idea which
was in some degree foreshadowed by the older mystical sacrifices.
- William Robertson Smith

The god can no more exist without his people than the nation without its god.
- William Robertson Smith

The god, it would appear, was frequently thought of
as the physical progenitor or first father of his people.
- William Robertson Smith

 

The land of a god corresponds with the land of his worshipers.
- William Robertson Smith

The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion,
and dethrones the national deity.
- William Robertson Smith

This being so, it follows that mythology ought not
to take the prominent place that is too often assigned
to it in the scientific study of ancient faiths.
- William Robertson Smith

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But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained,
and every principle of philosophy and common sense
demand that the explanation be sought,
not in arbitrary allegorical categories,
but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom
to which the myth attaches.
- William Robertson Smith

In better times the religion of the tribe or state
has nothing in common with the private and foreign
superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may
dictate to the individual.
- William Robertson Smith

The myths connected with individual sanctuaries and
ceremonies were merely part of the apparatus of the worship;
they served to excite the fancy and sustain the interest of the worshipper...
no one cared what he believed about its origin.
- William Robertson Smith

We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing
between individual men and God that we can hardly enter
into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation
in its national organisation appears as the religious unit.
- William Robertson Smith

In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma;
that is,
the sacred lore of priests and people...
and these stories afford the only explanation that
is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
- William Robertson Smith

Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain
gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men;
and his religion...
was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct
prescribed for him by his position as a member of society.
- William Robertson Smith

Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present
much that is repulsive to modern ideas,
and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile
our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent
in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.
- William Robertson Smith

Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but
for the preservation and welfare of society,
and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part,
or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.
- William Robertson Smith

This, it may be said, is no more than a hypothesis...
only of that force of precedent which in all times
has been so strong to keep alive religious forms of
which the original meaning is lost.
- William Robertson Smith

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal.
If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New,
he would be insane.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

And strictly forbid that any quarrelling be at your meals.
- Robert Grosseteste

I believe in intuition and inspiration.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited,
whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
- Albert Einstein

From a strictly articulatory point of view there is no succession of sounds.
- Roman Jakobson

We also need to strengthen the security of our borders
and ports and strictly control immigration.
- Jim Ramstad

Strictly speaking, every citizen above a certain level
of income is guilty of some offense.
- Max Frisch

Thus mating of females was strictly along the lines of paternal song.
- Peter R. Grant

A computer shall not waste your time or require you
to do more work than is strictly necessary.
- Jef Raskin

No one can ever enter the celestial kingdom unless he is strictly honest.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life
for all his material nor pull strictly from his own
experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
- Stella Adler

A state is better governed which has few laws,
and those laws strictly observed.
- Rene Descartes

I'm strictly for Stevenson.
I don't dig the intellectual bit, but I'm telling you,
man, he knows the most.
- Elvis Presley

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the
law which is most strictly observed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The human imagination...
has great difficulty in living strictly within the
confines of a materialist practice or philosophy.
It dreams, like a dog in its basket,
of hares in the open.
- John Berger

Sometimes it leads me even to hesitate whether I am
strictly correct in my idea that all men are born to equal rights,
for their conduct seems to me to contravene the doctrine.
- Benjamin F. Wade

If there wasn't any business and it was just strictly basketball,
then there would be no issue, it would probably be done by now.
But the team has to protect.
- Jason Kidd

The best way to get a bad law repealed
is to enforce it strictly.
- Abraham Lincoln

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist.
He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense,
that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Jury selection is strictly an emotional process.
They're looking for people they can manipulate.
Both sides are.
- Joseph Wambaugh

See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland;
I did strictly special material,
special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
- Mel Torme

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions;
the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
- W. H. Auden

So actually we didn't have any contacts with UFO organizations.
It was all strictly government.
- Betty Hill

I'm not strictly vegetarian, but meat doesn't play a big part in my diet.
- Katie Holmes

Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude.
It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself,
but always some manner of life.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent
about the introduction of opium,
and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited.
- Townsend Harris

Kinsey was never a lawyer.
She's strictly blue collar.
- Sue Grafton

We have never been strictly political,
only strictly funny.
- Adrian Edmondson

My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
- Al Capone

Our marriage is strictly in name only.
It has never been consummated.
- LaToya Jackson

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand
for long the terrific pace of modern war.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

My father was a teacher, and there were teachers all around,
his friends, they were working for the Government and
their behaviour was within strictly limited areas.
- C. L. R. James

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Jack Benny

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary
rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon.
- Ernst Mayr

But man has still another powerful resource:
natural science with its strictly objective methods.
- Ivan Pavlov

In love as in sport, the amateur status must be strictly maintained.
- Robert Graves

Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights
for animals but in a change of heart towards animals.
- J. M. Coetzee

It's different today than it was then.
In those days we were strictly amateurs.
If I had wanted to stay in for the '80 Olympics,
my parents couldn't have afforded it.
- Dorothy Hamill

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent
of that of his convictions.
- Jean Rostand

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a
new combination of those images which have been previously
gathered and deposited in the memory;
nothing can come of nothing.
- Joshua Reynolds

And capital punishment, however ineffective it may
be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to,
is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory.
- Benjamin Tucker

A film's success or failure is strictly on the director's shoulders.
- Robin Tunney

I do remember doing shows strictly in black and white,
too, so you're right.
- Jim Henson

As for sticking strictly to presently known science,
I will simply point out that we have already experienced
at least two major revolutions in science in this century alone.
- Stanley Schmidt

Strictly speaking, there are no real substitutes for sexual satisfaction.
- Dashiell Hammett

Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting
to realize itself as a strictly historical science.
- Edward Sapir

When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music.
Checking out other people's web sites,
what's going on, listening to music.
It's pretty much a musical thing for me.
- Liz Phair

Ella can work nightclubs that Duke might not be able to work,
because of having the big band.
Where they go now is strictly a matter of their own names and talents.
- Norman Granz

Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is
probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In each of my characters there is a little of me.
Not strictly autobiographical but a little piece of my soul.
- Dario Argento

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

I tried to look presentable for a show,
but not for sexual attraction.
It was strictly for show business.
- Little Richard

Over-reliance on strictly economic justifications has
already begun to hurt the quality and range of education
at every level of American life.
- Charles Vest

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit
the state and its influence most strictly.
- Ludwig von Mises

If I'm writing strictly for others, how does that show
what I'm experiencing or thinking? I just got to a
point where I realized I could be as personal as I
wanted to be and people could relate to those situations if they so choose.
- Chantal Kreviazuk


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