Ritual Quotes

Ritual Quotes by P. C. Cast, Ettore Sottsass, Florida Scott-Maxwell, Ellen Goodman, Ted Andrews, Ralph Nader and many others.

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P. C. Cast
Decoration can be a state of mind, an unusual perception, a ritual whisper.
Ettore Sottsass
Order, cleanliness, seemliness make a structure that is half support, half ritual, and – if it does not create it – maintains decency.
Florida Scott-Maxwell
When speech is divorced from speaker and word from meaning, what is left is just ritual, language as ritual.
Ellen Goodman
The true shaman, the true naturalist, works to reconnect conscious human life with Nature and Spirit through totems and ritual.
Ted Andrews
A citizenship of wholesale delegation and abdication to public and private power systems, such as prevails now, makes such periodic checks as elections little more than rituals.
Ralph Nader
The Catholic Church is a weird church. Much mysticism is sown broadspread from its ritual mysteries till it extends into the very lives of its constituents and parishoners.
Jack Kerouac
I don’t really have special rituals, but I don’t try to write fiction unless I have a minimum of a few hours. For me, it takes a while to settle into a mode where I’m truly concentrating
Curtis Sittenfeld
The gospel is not outward rituals and sacrifices, it is a living sacrifice. It is to have the laws of God written in our heart. It is to have a soft, listening, responding heart to God.
Leslie Ludy
Hana: What on Earth is a ‘barbeque’? Hel: A primitive tribal ritual featuring paper plates, elbows, flying insects, encrusted meat, hush puppies, and beer. Hana: I daren’t ask what a ‘hush puppy’ is. Hel: Don’t.
Trevanian
In its effect on family relationships, in its facilitation of parental withdrawal from an active role in the socialization of their children, and in its replacement of family rituals and special events, television has played an important role in the disintegration of the American family.
Marie Winn
It was great fun being part of a TV series that I’d been a fan of for five years. I’ve been watching it every single Monday when with my wife. It was like a ritual – every Monday night on HBO Nordic, we would watch ‘Game of Thrones’ together.
Pilou Asbaek
When I go and work with people, I never say, ‘Your dog is changed for the rest of its life.’ It’s like a diet. You’ve got to maintain a discipline and ritual in your life to keep a certain figure.
Cesar Millan
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.
Starhawk
It’s vital to establish some rituals-automatic but decisive patterns of behavior-at the beginning of the creative process, when you are most at peril of turning back, chickening out, giving up, or going the wrong way.
Twyla Tharp
If we fail to provide boys with pro-social models of the transition to adulthood, they may construct their own. In some cases, gang initiation rituals, street racing, and random violence may be the result.
Leonard Sax
Lord Raziel. Surely yoy would not have allowed such a thing as a ritual by wich you might be summoned to exist if you did not intend to be summoned. We Nephilim are your children. We need your guidance
Cassandra Clare
Even feigning surprise, pretending it was unexpected and saying a ritual thanks, is surely wiser than just expecting everything so carelessly.
Barbara Kingsolver
Under Confucianism, the use of precisely measured court music, prescribed steps, actions, and phrases all added up to an extremely complex system of rituals, each used for a particular purpose at a particular time.
Benjamin Hoff
Dance in this century has remained primarily a personal ritual operating, like most avant-garde art, as an idiosyncratic form rather than a tribal expression of religious powers or a corporate expression of societal values.
Jamake Highwater
Ritual disposal of the dead speaks clearly of an awareness of death, and thus an awareness of self.
Richard Leakey
Some people are in stultifying environments where there are rigid rules and rituals and they need that to thrive, where other people are just asphyxiated by stuff like that.
Paula Scher
But we must not forget, this ritual expressed, certain ideas which lie at the very root of true religion, the fellowship of the worshippers with one another in their fellowship with the deity, and the consecration of the bonds of kinship as the type of all right ethical relations between man and man.
William Robertson Smith
Truth cannot be given to you; especially if you are following an organized religion, then truth will be as far from you as darkness is from light. Truth is not found by observing rituals, undertaking pilgrimages or reading the scriptures. It is simply a waste of time.
Anandmurti Gurumaa
This world… belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak.
Ken Kesey
And there are my cats, engaged in a ritual that goes back thousands of years, tranquilly licking themselves after the meal. Practical animals, they prefer to have others provide the food … some of them do. There must have been a split between the cats who accepted domestication and those who did not.
William S. Burroughs
May we, as image makers, shapers of the culture, set our sights on things we value, rituals we engage in that heal and serve. May our images honor the ordinary endeavors of common people, and may they make their way to the eyes of the weary – light to the dark, fire to the chill.
Jan Phillips
Any religion is forever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.
T. S. Eliot
I respect the Bible and offer namaz regularly. But I am ritualistic only up to a certain extent. I believe only in those rituals that I can understand and connect with, and conduct them my own way.
Emraan Hashmi
God’s Word teaches a very hard, disturbing truth. Those who neglect the poor and the oppressed are really not God’s people at all—no matter how frequently they practice their religious rituals nor how orthodox are their creeds and confessions.
Ronald J. Sider
I was raised a good little Catholic. What’s more theatrical than the ritual of the Catholic church?
Chuck Panozzo
Not everyone is comfortable with the kissing ritual. My husband is one of them. Her refuses to press lips with anyone except his wife, mother, and dog. If someone wanted to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, he would refuse until he had been formally introduced.
Erma Bombeck
I painted my toenails before Dennis Rodman. One time at training camp, I stubbed my toe and the nail came loose. My mom gave me some toenail hardener, and I painted over it. I scored 40-something points that night, so it became a ritual. Paint my toenails, score 40 points.
Shaquille O’Neal
In my midteens I went through a brief stage of religious fanaticism, but it was very much about just saying prayers and stuff like that, reciting rosaries and spending a lot of time on that kind of Catholic ritual.
Robert Crumb
The act of creation is a kind of ritual. The origins of art and human existence lie hidden in this mystery of creation. Human creativity reaffirms and mystifies the power of ‘life.
Keith Haring
In certain tantric rituals the candidate is first beaten by his guru, hashish forced down him, and he is taken at midnight to a dark cemetery for sacred sexual intercourse. Thus he achieves union with his god.
Peter J. Carroll
My ritual is cooking. I find it therapeutic. It comes naturally to me. I can read a recipe and won’t have to look at it again.
Iman
I spent so many years in terror of ‘making it legal’ because the expression rang all too true – the wedding ritual struck me as nothing but a flowery front for the fulfilment of countless, tedious contracts and obligations.
Lynn Coady
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
I have always been fascinated by the values of sport and loved its rituals; in fact, since ancient times sport has been a byword for top physical prowess and spectacular athletic performance.
Giorgio Armani
Ritual murder is referred to in court files which are located in Rome. There are pictures in it which show that in 23 cases, the Church itself has dealt with the question.
Julius Streicher
I enjoy ritual and ceremony. What I don’t like is when it’s badly done or sloppily done. This is actually a theological issue – the forms we adopt, the actions we take, the way we do things, are, as it were, a sacrament.
Peter Hollingworth
I lay there silently, hoarding my small dignity. I did not ask about the gate or the closet. I did not question the bedtime ritual where, on the cold bathroom tiles, I was spread out daily and examined for flaws. I did not know that my bones, those solids, those pieces of sculpture would not splinter.
Anne Sexton
The Igbo used to say that they built their own gods. They would come together as a community, and they would express a wish. And their wish would then be brought to a priest, who would find a ritual object, and the appropriate sacrifices would be made, and the shrine would be built for the god.
Chris Abani
I never heard about tefillin. I was unfamiliar with the deep history and ritual of being an Orthodox Jew. Before you get out of bed, you say a prayer, and then you get out of bed, say another one.
Ato Essandoh
To pray together, in whatever tongue or ritual, is the most tender brotherhood of hope and sympathy that man can contract in this life.
Madame de Stael
I love coffee because it’s the ritual of my morning. I’m very much a morning person.
Ryan Hurd
You could also say that a precious brand often has rituals associated with it. They reinforce the specialness of the brand. And of course the brand owner can help ensure those rituals are created.
Andrew Doyle
Growing up is a ritual, more deadly than religion, more complicated than baseball, for there seem to be no rules. Everything is experienced for the first time.
W. P. Kinsella
Life can be lived in rules, but then life becomes superficial. Live life not according to the laws but according to consciousness, awareness. Don’t live life according to the mind. Mind has rules and regulations, mind has rituals. Live life from the standpoint of no-mind so that you can bloom into unpredictable flowers.
Rajneesh
Just the ritual of feeling the grip in my fingers and making loose swings is relaxing.
Xander Schauffele
My earliest memory was watching my mother do her makeup. She was obsessed with beauty and collected makeup and experimented with it. I think it’s a lot of young men and women’s experiences, growing up: watching the ritual of what their mothers would do.
Pat McGrath
The people are drugged with religion; and that’s why the elites – who understand that it is just a ritual, and understand the truth of it but won’t teach the truth of it to awaken the masses of the people: so, the leaders live in luxury at the expense of the weak, at the expense of the poor.
Louis Farrakhan
For one thing, the Catholic Church in particular has this one thing – confession – in which you could go, confess to a priest and obtain absolution of your sins. And there was a routine and a ritual and I think – I think that it did help.
Susan Jacoby
The key to forming good habits is to make them part of your ‘rituals.’ I have a morning ritual, afternoon ritual, and Sunday ritual. It’s one way to bundle good habits into regular times that you set aside to prepare yourself for the life you want. Rituals help you form habits.
Lewis Howes
Family is family over the internet, over Skype, over the telephone. Love is love. You don’t have to actually go through some ritual to prove that you love somebody.
Ben Kingsley
Rituals build brands.
Martin Lindstrom
We always get up about 5:30, and George gets up and goes in and gets the coffee and brings it to me, and that’s been our ritual since we got married. And we read the newspapers in bed and drink coffee for about an hour probably, read our briefing papers.
Laura Bush
I remember sitting at the end of my mum’s bed being fascinated by her ritual of getting dressed. It was a very methodical and considered process. I suppose you could say she was my first real muse.
Matthew Williamson
The ritual was very important to me: cleaning the pot, rolling the pot.
George Carlin
Consumerism is the reason Christmas has morphed into a hollow shopping ritual that leaves too many families with debt hangovers and an empty feeling inside.
Rachel Campos-Duffy
I have a personal ritual. Just like 10 minutes before a show, I’ll open a beer, just so it feels like I’ve just arrived at a party. I have a few sips, then we go on stage.
Ed Robertson
The human person, whose definition serves as the touchstone according to which good must be distinguished from evil, is considered as sacred, in what one might call the ritual sense of the word. It has something of that transcendental majesty which the churches of all times have given to their Gods.
Emile Durkheim
If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the New York Times.
Joseph Campbell
I am in the continual process of transcending fear-based rituals
Robert Downey, Jr.
On a day I start, I have a turkey sandwich for lunch. I don’t consider it a ritual, but I’m anxious on those days.
Clayton Kershaw
I was deliciously happy filming True Blood. I even kept all the scripts in my office, which I never do with any script. Although I did shred them all in one go when the series finished; it seemed like a ritual, somehow.
Michelle Forbes
Every day my mother had tea. My dad has his ritual cigar. They had their evening cocktail. Those rituals were done nicely, with flair and feeling.
John Travolta
Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.
Richard J. Foster
There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice – patched, retreaded and approved for the road.
Sylvia Plath
Liberation is an ever shifting horizon, a total ideology that can never fulfill its promises. It has the therapeutic quality of providing emotionally charged rituals of solidarity in hatred – it is the amphetamine of its believers.
Arianna Huffington
I have a little yoga ritual that I do just to move my body around. Whatever I do, it’s usually very fast because often I don’t have the kind of time that I would like to.
Pramila Jayapal
Ritual and ceremony in their due times kept the world under the sky and the stars in their courses. It was astonishing what ritual and ceremony could do.
Terry Pratchett
Man is in need if a symbolical life- badly in need. We only live banal, ordinary, rational or irrational things- but we have no symbolic life. Where do we live symbolically? Nowhere except where we participate in the ritual of life
Carl Jung
The whole dating ritual was different when I was a kid. Girls got pinned, not nailed.
Bill Maher
Anything that keeps you happy and writing is part of my writing ritual: I like music, so I tend to have it playing in the background. But if I’m interested, I can write in an airport waiting areas.
Neil Gaiman
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Camille Paglia
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
For thousands of years, we did have death surrounding us, and we did have people die in the home. You would take care of your own end. You would do ritual processes, and you would be involved in it, and that’s been taken away in the Western world.
Caitlin Doughty
There are traditionalists, and there are people in the middle, which is where I am. I still get my newspaper delivered. I love the ritual of it. But I also jump into the cab when I leave home and I look at some BBC on my iPad.
Glenda Bailey
I wasn’t losing my focus but I was getting tired of focusing. What I was focusing on was becoming too routine, too ritual, not something that was interesting, new and exciting.
Picabo Street
It’s easy to see golf not as a game at all but as some whey-faced, nineteenth-century Presbyterian minister’s fever dream of exorcism achieved through ritual and self-mortification.
Bruce McCall
Women’s loyalty has to be earned with trust and affection, rather than barbaric rituals. The time has come to leave the old ways of suffering behind
Waris Dirie
Religious ritual is a way of structuring time so that we, not employers, the market or the media, are in control. Life needs its pauses, its chapter breaks, if the soul is to have space to breathe.
Jonathan Sacks
Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
Derek Walcott
Rituals are important.
John Lennon
For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the spiritual, as dancing allows the tongue-tied man a ceremony of love.
Andre Dubus
Having payesh and five types of vegetable fries is a must in our house on birthdays. It is a kind of ritual.
Saswata Chatterjee
I don’t like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there.
Pearl Bailey
Bill and Hillary will spend Easter with her brothers Hugh and Tony and Roger Clinton. They have a family ritual at all holiday dinners. After they sit down, they hold hands, close their eyes, and get their stories straight.
Argus Hamilton
A cosmic war is like a ritual drama in which participants act out on Earth a battle they believe is actually taking place in the heavens.
Reza Aslan
I do have rituals. I’m a fairly superstitious person.
Justin Bartha
Religion is the rules, regulations, ceremonies and rituals developed by man to create conformity and uniformity in the approach to God. Spirituality is God’s call in your soul.
Iyanla Vanzant
Writers are said to have superstitions and little rituals. Readers have them too.
Ian Mcewan
When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.
Ramakrishna
Worship is not a repetitious exercise of rituals and formulas. These create a veil that actually prevents us from enjoying the presence of the Lord. Worship is the heart poured out in gratitude and awe, expressing our appreciation of who He is and what He has done for us by His grace through Jesus Christ.
Dave Hunt
It’s about time! It’s supposed to be a ritual, not a marathon.
Karen Chance
Oh, yeah, I’m all about ritual.
Rashid Johnson
Routine is really important. However late you went to bed the night before, or however much you had to drink, get up at the same time each day and get on with it.
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Milla Jovovich introduced me to [anthropologist and author of the Don Juan series of books involving shamanic peyote rituals] Carlos Castaneda because I was all into the hallucinogens for a minute.
Michelle Rodriguez
I do love the idea of ritual.
Sarah Silverman
The greatest task of democracy, its ritual and feast – is choice.
H. G. Wells
Rituals are important. I get up. I take the dogs on a walk around to the front and then I pick up the papers. Then I walk around to the front door, then me and the two dogs come in the house and I give them treats. I make coffee. It’s the regularity of these kinds of rituals that I find deeply satisfying.
Jane Fonda
As a non-Catholic, and since I was a child, I have been obsessed with the ritual and the beauty of Catholic art. I look at Renaissance art all the time.
Nan Goldin
We – we spend a lot of time, scholarly time, thinking about love and sex, but very little about the – the kind of joy that can take over a crowd of people or a group of people, in festivity, in ecstatic ritual of some kind, in celebration.
Barbara Ehrenreich
“Rituals” don’t make you righteous, it’s uprightness: living up to moral principles and ethical principles, and submitting to universal law established by God.
Louis Farrakhan
Coastal sailing as long as it is perfectly safe and easy commands no magic. Overseas expeditions are invariably bound up with ceremonies and ritual. Man resorts to magic only where chance and circumstances are not fully controlled by knowledge.
Bronislaw Malinowski
My telephone calls and meetings and decisions were now parts of a prescribed ritual aimed at making peace with the past; his calls, his meetings and his decisions were already the ones that would shape America’s future.” (On transfer of power to Gerald R Ford)
Richard M. Nixon
It’s part of my ritual to watch a new film every day, no matter what. It’s important to me.
Hideo Kojima
Those of us who preach religion: Preach the meaning of “ritual,” and stop burying the people and enslaving the people by religious rituals, and then showing them a hypocritical example in leadership!
Louis Farrakhan
Civil Society is a cluster of institutions and associations strong enough to prevent tyranny, but which are, none the less, entered and left freely, rather than imposed by birth or sustained by awesome ritual. You can join the Labour Party without slaughtering a sheep.
Ernest Gellner
Various religions offer a variety of theories about life, death, and eternity. And yet, as different as all religions are, they share one common characteristic: they teach that the way to be reconciled to God is through works and rituals.
Robert Jeffress
It was part of theTexas ritual? We know about champagne and caviar but we talk hog and hominy.
Edna Ferber
Spirituality is about being ready. All the spiritual disciplines of your life – prayer, study, meditation or ritual, religious vows – are there so you can break through to the eternal. Spirituality is about awakening the eyes, the ears, the heart so you can see what’s always happening right in front of you.
Richard Rohr
We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviours, beliefs, rituals.
Randa Abdel-Fattah
An inordinate love of ritual can be harmful to the soul, unless, of course, in times of great crisis, when ritual can protect the soul from fracture.
Jeff VanderMeer
Every species has a dinner date as part of courting ritual. A woman who won’t let you pay for dinner is rejecting your courtship. She may think she’s playing fair, or that she’s being a feminist, but a very deep level, she knows that she’s crossing you off her list of possibilities.
Jennifer Crusie
I write in a journal daily. This extraordinary ritual has revolutionised my mindset, transformed my heartset, and generally influenced my life exponentially.
Robin S. Sharma
There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God.
Aleister Crowley
The time I spend in the morning – praying, sipping coffee, and coming up with my list – is a ritual I relish. I have done it for so long now that I subconsciously measure whether or not the things I’m doing match with what I should be doing, what I want to be doing, and the life I want to live.
Kristin Armstrong
Images, the visual power of present-day capitalism, like the ritual constructions of ancient Egypt, are refined ways of inhibiting and crushing man.
Edmundo Desnoes
I don’t know why, but Putin has made a ritual out of humiliating Medvedev. Sometimes I even feel sorry for the prime minister.
Alexei Navalny
Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I believe that we often disguise pain through ritual and it may be the only solace we have.
Rita Mae Brown
In ancient times the ritual, mythological and doctrinal aspects of spiritual space were predominant.
Tom Turner
Meals and eating and that sort of ritual of gathering at a table is such a part of childhood, and that was such a strange moment. It made me nervous to watch my mom cook for us and then not engage in the act of eating with us.
Carrie Brownstein
I simply decided that dope wasn’t worth the ritual.
George Carlin
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
Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind, and setting the context, for the rest of your day.
Eben Pagan
Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher’s instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order.
Xunzi
Zen was a reaction. Just as Buddha came into the world and spoke against the fall of Vedanta, so Buddhism lost its essence and became ritual. Zen was a reaction to that.
Frederick Lenz
We lack rituals in this modern world.
Elizabeth McGovern
I fart. My backstage ritual is flatulence.
Summer Walker
Magic is an exercise of a pattern of thought (sometimes represented by a gesture, ritual, or the calling of a true name) that results in manifestation/s. But these patterns of thought can have so much to do with whimsy that magic often is jokes.
Helen Oyeyemi
I listen to instrumental jazz and bluegrass, but aside from my AM workout, I have no rituals.
David B. Coe
In Wicca, rituals are ceremonies which celebrate and strengthen our relationships with the Goddess, the God and the Earth.
Scott Cunningham
I love to cook comfort food. I’ll make fish and vegetables or meat and vegetables and potatoes or rice. The ritual of it is fun for me, and the creativity of it.
Reese Witherspoon
We don’t have too much ritual in our life anymore. And these life symbols which people rely on to keep their feeling of well being, that life is not too bad after all are required more and more.
John Hench
I hate the word ‘production’…it’s a ceremony, it’s a ritual…you should go out of the theatre stronger and more human than when you went in.
Ariane Mnouchkine
It happens that there are a lot of people who are very talented who also happen to have a mental disorder. A lot of the mental disorders are initially things that are adaptive. Like even OCD, it’s good to sort of have structure and have certain rituals but when it gets to be extreme then it becomes problematic.
H. A. Berlin
A pathological business, writing, don’t you think? Just look what a writer actually does: all that unnatural tense squatting and hunching, all those rituals: pathological!
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
My real desire is to see people live in the modus of our time, to participate in the contemporary world, to release themselves from nostalgia, antiquated traditions, old rituals, meaningless kitsch and meaningless paradigms.
Karim Rashid
Like most people who smoked umpteen cigarettes a day, I tasted only the first one. The succeeding umpteen minus one were a compulsive ritual which had no greater savour than the fumes of burning money.
Clive James
Now, when you look at somebody, it’s not simply, ‘Are you like me or unlike me? Has your culture produced great artists? What are your rituals?’ It’s: ‘Is your culture safe or not? Will it produce terrorists?’
Homi K. Bhabha
Getting a pedicure seems to be a standard pre-birth ritual, presumably because it is relaxing and makes you feel pretty even though your little piggies are going to be covered in those awesome no-skid hospital socks which I kept on for three days.
Faith Salie
I have grown up in a small city where watching TV is a ritual and Balaji has defined TV in so many ways.
Jasmin Bhasin
The rottweiler stood his ground and waited for me to take the next step in the dance of ritualized intimidation. Instead, I leaped at him. Screw ritual. Now was not the time to stand on ceremony.
Kelley Armstrong
Chinese restaurants have long been a weekly or monthly ritual for many Americans.
Jennifer Lee
Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.
Ken Kesey
Ritual is a terribly important, binding cement in a society. If we abandon formality and rituals, we’re actually weakening the relationships that exist between people that bind.
Alexander McCall Smith
Ceremony and ritual are like a warm, fuzzy coat to the Brits. It feels good to put it on.
Martha MacCallum
Religion becomes a hollow shell of its former self when ritual remains and thoughtful reflection disappears.
Nouman Ali Khan
Scaremongering is an age-old political ritual. There are public officials who have benefited by playing up the ‘hacker threat’ so that they can win approval by cracking down on it.
Charles Platt
There are rituals not structures for being a poet, drinking too much, taking too many drugs, being a lady chaser, having your nervous breakdown, being irresponsible about money.
Diane Wakoski
Alice doesn’t seem to mind because she’s laughing too, and biting her lip, all doe-eyed, and tossing her freshly washed hair, and Norton tosses his lovely, glossy hair back, and she tosses her hair in return, and he tosses his, and she tosses hers, and it;s like some mating ritual on a wildlife program.
David Nicholls
Most souls attend their funerals and have some feelings about them, but it’s such an individual event. Some souls don’t care what happens to their physical bodies. They see the funeral as a ritual for the living so they don’t always attend.
Echo Bodine
For humans, gift giving is a universal ritual laden with evolutionary implications.
Gad Saad
As soon as I arrive at the house, Laurie starts running, hits my chest, knocks me down, and licks my face. It’s become a family ritual.
Beverly Sills
I try to work every day, even when I’m not motivated. Ritual is very important to me.
Mel Ramos
Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie projector is an Apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. Every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct.
Camille Paglia
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
Mike Murdock
To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process
Meister Eckhart
People are losing jobs, people need to be entertained, and I want to make movies that parents and children can look forward to seeing, that can become a kind of family ritual.
Nicolas Cage
Anytime there was an award show, it was a ritual where me and my mom would sit around and watch with my friends. We would make desserts and buy chips and popcorn and see what our favorite performances of the night were.
Bebe Rexha
Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual.
Walter Benjamin
Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored.
Terry Tempest Williams
I don’t trust people who don’t use profanity.
Mark Oliver Everett
The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender’s inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual.
C. S. Lewis
I am not a believer in religious rituals. I was brought up in the Arya Samaj environment which taught us to shun rituals. Puja, of course, but simple, elegant and brief.
Dhirubhai Ambani
Do nothing that is not natural – and ritual is natural – and all will be for the best.
Gore Vidal
Rituals, even unhappy ones, provide a measure of comfort. Like a superstitious ballplayer who will only use certain bats, my depression rituals have become a fixed, normal part of my life. … I need rituals to prevent unnecessarily rocking my already shaky emotional boat.
David Karp
In our society many of the old rituals have lost much of their power. New ones have not arisen.
R. D. Laing
We have long forgotten the ritual by which the house of our life was erected. But when it is under assault and enemy bombs are already taking their toll, what enervated, perverse antiquities do they not lay bare in the foundations.
Walter Benjamin
Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations.
Sam Harris
The Miss America contest isthe most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.
Gerald Early
You know what I like to do on a Sunday morning? Clean my house. I really enjoy it; it’s my ritual. I require tidiness, actually. I have to have everything spotless before I can relax.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jewish cantors employ a peculiar art and method of singing in their delivery. They are unexcelled in the art of covering the voice, picking up a new key, in the treatment of the ritual chant, and overcoming vocal difficulties that lie in the words rather than in the music.
Enrico Caruso
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Doreen Valiente
Whether we’re conscious of it or not, our work and personal lives are made up of daily rituals, including when we eat our meals, how we shower or groom, or how we approach our daily descent into the digital world of email communication.
Chip Conley
When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?
Muriel Barbery
Rituals are a good signal to your unconscious that it is time to kick in.
Anne Lamott
To criticize one’s country is to do it a service…. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism-a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.
J. William Fulbright
What is any religion? A little ritual, a little superstition, and some magic. It’s not a strictly spiritual affair; it has psychological roles to fulfill. You might not want it to be a religion based on your own experience but that’s like wanting to clean up your dreams
Gary Snyder
You can’t put a price on the rituals of love, because you never know what will happen next. I suppose fear is part of the excitement and we can’t have one without the other.
Simon Van Booy
I basically try to visualize the team doing good things on the court the night before the game. I get shots up. There’s not actually a pregame ritual that I do. I’m still trying to figure that out. I say a prayer. I go out with confidence.
Trey Burke
Stressed souls need the reassuring rhythm of self-nurturing rituals.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
One needs the invented, the spontaneous, the impromptu for ritual. Skepticism, that grain of salt, is inappropriate.
E. M. Broner
Society has provided [children] no rituals by which they become members of the tribe, of the community. All children need to be twice born, to learn to function rationally in the present world, leaving childhood behind.
Joseph Campbell
Your dreamer may do without a creed, but he always wants a ritual.
Evelyn Underhill
Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.
Frank Herbert
Growing up, I came to love Egypt and respect Islam, but I never thought to go beyond the surface. Back in Canada, many of my father’s Egyptian friends questioned his decision not to raise his only child more strictly in the faith. I was not taught salat, the Muslim ritual of prayer, nor did I study Arabic.
Shereen El Feki
What draws me to theater and religion are these rituals made to make you feel emotion. It’s so banal in an interesting way. In visual art it’s about making you feel emotional, but it’s more subtle.
Ragnar Kjartansson
Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess.
Anatoly Karpov
Even the most understated ceremony involves a certain respect for ritual and pageantry. No one plays more of a significant role than the bride’s attendants.
Vera Wang
“Religions” of the Roman world varied. Most of it was ritual practices. There were periodic occasions when cities honored their guardian deities with sacrifices and ceremonies, to ensure that they stayed happy and kept the city safe.
Larry Hurtado
Passionate grave thought,
belief enhanced,
ritual returned and magic.
Hilda Doolittle
Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals. It is a mental torture I find debasing… I simply cannot get used to the nightly betrayal of reason, humanity, genius.
Vladimir Nabokov
I see God in a sunrise, not in repetitious ritual.
Karen Marie Moning
Poetry is one of the essential structures of civilization – carrying myth, ritual, ‘tales of the tribe’ and the essence of language.
Diane Wakoski
The very nature of marriage means saying yes before you know what it will cost. Though you may say the “I do” of the wedding ritual in all sincerity, it is the testing of that vow over time that makes you married.
Kathleen Norris
Parties are the nightly ritual of the sophisticated society.
Dominick Dunne
I still noticed that little streak of rebelliousness coming up in me again – the same sense of dissatisfaction I had felt earlier with the empty rituals and institutionalized values of all religious traditions.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Medical training taught me the art of breaking down the complex maze of stories, symbols and rituals into clear systems. You could say that it helped me figure out the anatomy and physiology of mythology and its relevance in a society more incisively. How is it that no society can, or does, exist without them?
Devdutt Pattanaik
The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best.
Dallas Willard
I think institutions will inevitably substitute a rite or a ritual for the authentic, for the real McCoy, because then priests can control the pipeline to god, and the parishioner can approach with offerings. But if everybody can have a pipeline to deity, why then the whole priest scam is put out of business.
Terence McKenna
This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down.
Elizabeth Gilbert
It’s become something of a ritual – every year, Google publishes its year-end summary of what the world wants, and every year I complain about how shallow it is, given what Google really knows about what the world is up to.
John Battelle
Where nationally televised news had been a once-nightly ritual, it has since grown into a 24-hour-a-day habit, available on channels devoted entirely and ceaselessly to its dissemination.
Dave Itzkoff
When we develop reverence for food and the miracle of transformation inherent in it, just the simple act of eating creates a ritual of celebration.
Deepak Chopra
Placing a wedge of lime in the neck of a Corona bottle helps sell those beers. And where did that ritual come from? One story has it that two bartenders in California were curious how fast a ritual could spread. Astonishingly fast, they discovered.
Martin Lindstrom
When you have an addictive personality, you fixate upon things easily. Routines and behaviors, and ritual, becomes very important.
Julien Baker
Man cannot be enlightened through any organization, creed, dogma, priest or ritual, nor through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through understanding the contents of his own mind, through observation, not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.
Radhanath Swami
The function of ritual, as I understand it, is to give form to human life, not in the way of a mere surface arrangement, but in depth.
Joseph Campbell
I really like the ritual of shaving. I like getting the perfect brush and finding the right sandalwood soap. The act of shaving, though, is not fun. I like beards and the ease of them.
Chris Pine
Ballet really lends itself to that because there’s such a sense of ritual, with wrapping the shoes every day and preparing new shoes for every performance. It’s such a process. It’s almost religious, in nature.
Natalie Portman
We are presented with an unpleasant choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle or just charming rituals for which we struggle to find equivalents in secular society.
Alain de Botton
Tatcha is my favorite beauty brand. They were also founded in San Francisco. Their entire line is based off of geisha tradition and ritual. The line has transformed my skin.
Ayesha Curry
Banks now want you to pay for face time, as more institutions charge fees for what was once the ritual for withdrawing and depositing your money: interacting with a teller.
Kayla Tausche
Myth is the system of basic metaphors, images, and stories that informs the perceptions, memories, and aspirations of a people; provides the rationale for its institutions, rituals and power structure; and gives a map of the purpose and stages of life.
Sam Keen
Electronic culture created soulless replacements for connective rituals- television supplanted tribal legends told by the fire; ‘fast food’ consumed in distraction took the place of a shared meal. We substituted matter for Mater (feminine principle), money for mother’s milk, objects for emotional bonds.
Daniel Pinchbeck
Thanksgiving isn’t the only thing that has changed. This makes it reassuring somehow to go through the same ritual with the people you’re connected to. I guess the truth is, it all boils down to family. Right?
Diane Keaton
No known human group… simply throw out its dead without any ritual or ceremony. In stark contrast, no animal practices burial of dead individuals of its own species.
Theodosius Dobzhansky
With ritual, I punctuate my days till they no longer belong to who I am today but to who I’ll be when I look back in days and years to come.
Andre Aciman
Amnesia may well be the highest sacrament in the great gray ritual of existence.
Thomas Ligotti
Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don’t need to carry it around with you after you’ve crossed the river.
Eckhart Tolle
Those rituals of getting ready to write produce a kind of trance state.
John Barth
Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Roger Ebert
Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles.
Xun Kuang
Divorce is one of the loneliest of modern rituals. Before, during, and after the actual culmination of the legal process it is an ordeal that rips people away from their roots, their important relationships, and a part of themselves. There is really nothing like it – except perhaps war.
Suzanne Gordon
All religions are ultimately cargo cults. Adherents perform required rituals, follow specific rules, and expect to be supernaturally gifted with desired rewards long life, honor, wisdom, children, good health, wealth, victory over opponents, immortality after death, any desired rewards.
Octavia Butler
Don’t trust people who don’t laugh. I don’t.
Maya Angelou
Capitalism is what is left when beliefs have collapsed at the level of ritual or symbolic elaboration, and all that is left is the consumer-spectator, trudging through the ruins and the relics.
Mark Fisher
These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.
Joan D. Vinge
Being a pop fan is a lot like Catholic devotion – lots of ritual, lots of ceremony… We touch the icon to enter the sacred space, genuflecting to reliquaries and ostentatoria that make something splendid of our most secret desires and agonies.
Rob Sheffield
The ritual of our daily lives permeate our very bodies.
Banana Yoshimoto
Religion is not an end in itself. One’s union with God is the ultimate goal. There are so many religions because immature people tend to emphasize trivial differences instead of important likenesses. Differences between faiths lie in creeds and rituals rather than in religious principles.
Peace Pilgrim
I was not religious, but I liked rituals. I liked the idea of connecting an action with remembering.
John Green
In the luxuriance of a bowl of grapes set out in ritual display, in a bottle of wine, the soil and sunshine of California reached millions for whom that distant place would henceforth be envisioned as a sun-graced land resplendent with the goodness of the fruitful earth.
Kevin Starr
Could it be that first love was the only true love? And that after those first fires had been doused or burned out, men and women chose whom they would love based on worldly needs, and then reenacted the rituals and feelings of that first pure experience – nursed the flames that once burned of their own accord
Simon Van Booy
These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.
Joan D. Vinge
Don’t think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.
Laozi
Football is the last sacred ritual of our time.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
I have a half an hour warm-up I do that my voice teacher gave me. I exercise at least for an hour during the day. I don’t have any superstitious rituals or anything like that.
Josh Young
One of Obama’s most impressive attributes is his quiet confidence: Voters sense that he is comfortable in his own skin, a dedicated father and friend who won’t waste time with the phony rituals of Washington.
Ron Fournier
There are few pages of history which do not demonstrate that public prayer and ritual never inoculated people against mass-madness and cruelty. What is needed is emphasis on morality and manners.
Steve Allen
No special writing rituals. And my desk is usually cluttered.
Stephen Greenblatt
Myth, legend, and ritual … function to maintain a status quo. That makes them singularly bad in coping with change, indeed counterproductive, for change is the enemy of myth.
Elizabeth Janeway
Just as there are many Jews who keep the Friday ritual in their home despite describing themselves as atheists, I am a ‘tribal Christian,’ happy to attend church services.
Martin Rees
I think Latin American cultures are really rich and fascinating. I like the pomp and circumstance of some of their rituals and ceremonies.
Bitsie Tulloch
…just a little touches her and there. He puts his hands on your arms or back, he stands close to you, getting you used to him… it’s a mating ritual. Like March of the Penguins.
Lisa Kleypas
Ritual use of psychedelic plants and substances has been a particularly effective technology for inducing holotropic states of consciousness.
Stanislav Grof
Many successful people get up before 6am in the morning. They have rituals. They exercise, stretch, organize their day, and walk through that series of rituals.
Brian Tracy
All art emulates the condition of ritual. That is what it comes from and to that it must always return for nourishment.
T. S. Eliot
A society that doesn’t know any longer how to observe every death with proper rituals, that does not know that death is not the end, but only part of the journey, has lost its way, has had the very heart of its humanity torn out.
Marina Warner
If there were a ritual dance of the androgyne, Tai chi as performed by this master could be that dance. It is neither a masculine dance nor a feminine dance. It has the strength and grace of both.
June Singer
Ritual which could entail a wedding or brushing one’s teeth goes in the direction of life. Through it we reconcile our barbed solitude with rushing, irreducible conditions of life.
Gretel Ehrlich
Rajneeshism is creating a Noahs Ark of consciousness, remaining centered exactly in the middle of the cyclone. You can only escape within, and thats what I teach. I do not teach worship of God or any other ritual but only a scientific way of coming to your innermost core.
Rajneesh
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
Xunzi
There’s a song called ‘Live Blogging the Himmel Family Bris.’ I kind of went for it here in terms of – it was really fun to be explaining ritual circumcision in Nashville – a lot of brises are done in hospitals, but many are done in people’s homes, and there’s a lot of food, and a lot of leftovers.
Rick Moranis
Dance is one of the most powerful forms of magical ritual…It is an outer expression of the inner spirit.
Ted Andrews
My own skin-care ritual is quite simple and straightforward; I don’t like a lot of fuss, surprisingly. My products are designed to make you look and feel better. I think there are a lot of men out there who want and need the same products.
Tom Ford
I like to think that the best poetry is or involves a contest between ordinary conversation and ritual.
Miller Williams
Eventually, ritual was developed as a means of contacting and utilizing the energy within humans as well as in the nature world.
Scott Cunningham
Before I left home for drama school in England, my father took me outside one night and told me that wherever I was, the moon would shine on both of us. Months later, walking in London, I’d look at the moon and feel his love. Now I’ve shared the ritual with my own kids.
Roma Downey
The very ritual practices that the New Atheists dismiss as costly, inefficient and irrational turn out to be a solution to one of the hardest problems humans face: cooperation without kinship
Jonathan Haidt
But, you know, they don’t enjoy the dinner hour together. It’s just not as much of a ritual at night and it’s interesting. I think the ritual is taking place perhaps more in the morning.
Katie Couric
Establish a closing ritual. Know when to stop working. Try to end each work day the same way, too. Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.
Daniel Kahneman
It is my contention that ritual begins at home, in domestic magic.
E. M. Broner
When you’re writing‚ you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual‚ and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.
Tom Waits
What we need to be assured of is not that we possess an excellent system of doctrine and ritual, but that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a reality.
Roland Allen
It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
Brad Henry
There is a force of exultation, a celebration of luck, when a writer finds himself a witness to the early morning of a culture that is defining itself, branch by branch, leaf by leaf, in that self-defining dawn, which is why, especially at the edge of the sea, it is good to make a ritual of the sunrise.
Derek Walcott
War is a ritual, a deadly ritual, not the result of aggressive self-assertion, but of self-transcending identification. Without loyalty to tribe, church, flag or ideal, there would be no wars.
Arthur Koestler
Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.
John Berger
A trip to Tel Aviv is a ritual. I always wear the same clothes to Tel Aviv: black pants and a blue-checked shirt that I bought especially from Ralph Lauren.
Sayed Kashua
Tinitiations ritual or astral voyage that is imbedded in the occult traditions of every culture.”65 Thus, “the structure of abduction stories is identical to that of occult initiation rituals.
Jacques Vallee
My morning ritual is to get up and feed the dogs, take my daughter to school, and come home.
Richard Dean Anderson
In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints … and gods.
Steven Pinker
I loved the atmosphere of the dance studios – the wooden floors, the big mirrors, everyone dressed in pink or black tights, the musicians accompanying us – and the feeling of ritual the classes had.
Suzanne Vega
The preparation for the ritual is the ritual.
Kate Green
Rituals are comforting; rituals combat loneliness.
John Irving
This is criterion by which the Church is to be judged, not by the forms of its doctrine or ritual, but by the reality of the reality of the love which it manifests.
Bede Griffiths
Ritual is another word for fear, manifested in a different way.
Conor McGregor
The ritual of exorcism is not practiced by an ordinary priest. An exorcist requires specific training and must be thought to have a personal sanctity. He can be exposed to dangerous behavior and personal threat. His prayers often cause a violent response as he attempts to shine a beam of light into the darkness.
Gabriele Amorth
I have always had an interest in how cultural rituals play into something as unpredictable as romance.
Nicholas Sparks
Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.
Amy Bloom
People have traditionally turned to ritual to help them frame and acknowledge and ultimately even find joy in just such a paradox of being human – in the fact that so much of what we desire for our happiness and need for our survival comes at a heavy cost.
Michael Pollan
The camel carries on his dreary circular task with his usual slow and pompous step and head poised superciliously, as if it were a ritual affair above the comprehension of the vulgar; and no doubt he comforts himself for the dullness of life by a sense of virtue, like many other formalists beside him.
Freya Stark
My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.
Augusten Burroughs
That’s one of the things that I say to myself as far as a ritual that I have every day: “What can I do today to make it better than it was yesterday?”
LaToya Jackson
I would advise anyone who is at the start of a rest ritual like the Sabbath, to take it slowly and grow incrementally into it. Recognize that it will be hard at first. It’s a discipline but then it is a true and deep joy.
Erica Brown
To me, I like and understand ritual and I think it is important. Things that we do that give us comfort are important. Like Christmas, I like to go into a church and hear the carols sung. There’s a comfort of actually going inside of a church, I find them serene. They’re unchanging.
Steve Coogan
I just really enjoy the ritual of going to work and playing, which is essentially what we do. We play pretend. Acting is a kids’ game.
Bailey Chase
To baseball players, our caps are sacred. We integrate our caps into our strange routines and superstitions, removing and replacing them on our heads with ritual precision so they sit just so.
Sean Doolittle
I like routine, and cooking became a ritual when I was modelling in New York. My life was nomadic, so making supper felt like an announcement that I was home.
Sophie Dahl
We’re losing a ritual. We’re losing a ritual that I believe is transformative, transcendent, and is at the heart of the patient-physician relationship.
Abraham Verghese
The soul’s safety is in its heat. Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, make for a Church without power. Destitute of the Fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing Fire, nothing else matters.
Samuel Chadwick
We talk religion in a world that worships the bread but does not distribute it, that practices ritual rather than righteousness, that confesses but does not repent.
Joan D. Chittister
Religion is more than rite and ritual.
Yann Martel
Moments like this act as magical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls: fleetingly, yet intensely, a fragment of eternity has come to enrich time…When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things.
Muriel Barbery
In other words, the unique value of the “authentic” work of art has its basis in ritual, the location of its original use value. This ritualistic basis, however remote, is still recognizable as secularized ritual even in the most profane forms of the cult of beauty.
Walter Benjamin
I liked the ceremony, the ritual of preparing cocaine, as much as doing it. I did it for a year, loved it, then stopped. Now I feel the same way about cooking.
Kiefer Sutherland
Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantasies of religion.
Richard Dawkins
In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative…..A lot of habitually creative people have preparation rituals linked to the setting in which they choose to start their day. By putting themselves into that environment, they begin their creative day.
Twyla Tharp
With the advance of knowledge, therefore, prayer and sacrifice assume the leading place in religious ritual; and magic; which once ranked with them as a legitimate equal, is gradually relegated to the background and sinks to the level of a black art.
James G. Frazer
I’ve begun to recognize myself as a Catholic writer because my whole notion of the image, of symbol, of art and what it can do, has been conditioned by my immersion in Catholic culture, ritual, and art since my earliest days. Catholicism seeped into me through every pore. Catholicism is about seeping and pores!
Joyelle McSweeney
In its purest sense, nicknaming is an elitist ritual practiced by those who cherish hierarchy. For preppies it’s a smoke signal that allows Bunny to tell Pooky that they belong to the same tribe, while among the good old boys it serves the cause of masculine dominance by identifying Bear and Wrecker as Alpha males.
Florence King
Magic, then, is not a method, but a language; it is part and parcel of that greater phenomenon, ritual, which is the language of religion. Ritual is a symbolic transformation of experiences that no other medium can adequately express.
Susanne Katherina Langer
The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank.
Janet Morris
The putting on of vestments and lighting candles, it’s a wonderful ritual that never changes from one Mass to another.
Liam Neeson
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation. To do a ritual, you must be willing to be transformed in some way. The inner willingness is what makes the ritual come alive and have power. If you aren’t willing to be changed by the ritual, don’t do it.
Starhawk
When the entire process becomes a prescribed ritual that does not allow for spontaneous variations and reactions, the vitality of the medium and our relation to it suffers.
Jerry Uelsmann
Every religion … has rituals, practices, holy writings or traditions, etc. Nothing like that has ever developed from Atheism. There are no holy men, holidays or holy books and no agreed-upon canons of faith. In fact, the only thing you can get some Atheists to agree upon is that there is no god.
Darrel Ray
When I was a kid, our family used to watch ‘Bonanza.’ I really liked having a Sunday night TV ritual.
Anne Lamott
Ritual is important to us as human beings. It ties us to our traditions and our histories.
Miller Williams
I have an elaborate wind-down ritual, which combines reading, ESPN, movies, and jamming the blues on my keyboard. There’s still a part of me that’s a little kid who is psyched because I no longer have a bedtime!
Tohoru Masamune
Growing up in Ireland, when my family received important news, good or bad, we would boil water and make tea. It was the first thing I did when my father died in 1984. This ritual allowed me a moment to take in the enormity of what had happened.
Roma Downey
The whole history of Israel, its ritual and its government, is explicable only as it is typical of the spiritual Israel, of the sacrifice on Calvary, of the precious blood which alone can wash away sin.
Abbott Eliot Kittredge
Sex is not some sort of pristine, reverent ritual. You want reverent and pristine, go to church.
Cynthia Heimel
For the current of our spiritual life creeds, rituals and channels that may thwart or help, according to their fixity or openness. When a symbol or spiritual idea becomes rigidly elaborate in its construction, it supplants the idea which it should support.
Rabindranath Tagore
I don’t feel any great need to subscribe to a certain notion of Buddhism that says “You have to do this” or “You have to do that.” Buddhism does not prescribe rituals or prohibitions in the way many religions do.
Pankaj Mishra
For many women, and a fair number of men, saying ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t literally an apology; it’s a ritual way of restoring balance to a conversation.
Deborah Tannen
The skaters a lot of times do their own hair and makeup before they compete. That was always kind of a ritual…that calming, quiet time where you can just do your hair and makeup. And then I would always lace up my right skate before my left one.
Kristi Yamaguchi
All great cinema has the sense of the dynamic, the transitional, mixed with the mythical and the sense of ritual.
Neri Oxman
The gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.
Ray Bradbury
In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible.
Marina Abramovic
I envy my Jewish friends the ritual of saying kaddish – a ritual that seems perfectly conceived, with its built-in support group and its ceremonious designation of time each day devoted to remembering the lost person.
Meghan O’Rourke
I write on sacred stories, symbols and rituals of all cultures – European, American and Chinese – but my audiences, typically, like me to focus on India.
Devdutt Pattanaik
When the Way is lost there is virtue. When virtue is lost there is benevolence. When benevolence is lost there is righteousness. When righteousness is lost there are rituals.
Laozi
I’ve never really topped myself, because awards in themselves really don’t reflect major accomplishment. It’s kind of a strange, backslapping ritual that we go through in this town where you get awards for almost everything. For surviving the day you’re going to get awards.
Rod Serling
The only [working] ritual is making tea. I use the loose leaves and drink it by the gallon.
Stephen King
It’s the same thing as a primitive of Africans, Indians, nomads or whatever – when they start getting up and doing their ritual and doing the dance, it’s just what’s coming through. It’s the spirit. Rock ‘n’ roll is still primitive.
Van Morrison
Beer has long been the prime lubricant in our social intercourse and the sacred throat-anointing fluid that accompanies the ritual of mateship. To sink a few cold ones with the blokes is both an escape and a confirmation of belonging.
Rennie Ellis
If I were to disclose all their rituals, I think that it would be easy to prove that witches are not diabolists; but the oaths are solemn and the witches are my friends. I would not want to hurt their feelings. They have secrets which to them are sacred. They have good reason for their secrecy.
Gerald Gardner
I have a ritual every morning where I do my meditation and visualisation, then I give thanks and send love to my family and friends.
Ashley Roberts
The church must provide postmoderns with an alternity of rituals by which they can turn and tune to one another and feel connected to the cosmos.
Leonard Sweet
“The way of Cain” describes any religious system that attempts to earn God’s favor by works and rituals rather than reliance on God’s grace.
Robert Jeffress
It was through reading that I discovered the crucial, even sacrosanct place the rituals of drinking held in the American imagination – the ingenious way alcohol seemed to lubricate everything from onerous chitchat to self-conscious sexual advances.
Daphne Merkin
In the end, the gesture of painting becomes almost meditative, like a ritual.
Shahzia Sikander
Tea-making is a ritual that, like the drink itself, warms the heart somehow.
James Norwood Pratt
A cross between a foreign legion boot-camp and a secret-society initiation ritual, the ordeals were grounded in pain. One thing was obvious: the agenda, which was dedicated to grave discomfort, had been drawn up by a passionate sadist.
Tahir Shah
A family has its own rituals and its own superstitions.
Tea Obreht
MID-TWENTIES BREAKDOWN: A period of mental collapse occurring in one’s twenties, often caused by an inability to function outside of school or structured environments coupled with a realization of one’s essential aloneness in the world. Often marks induction into the ritual of pharmaceutical usage.
Douglas Coupland
If theater is ritual, then dance is too… It’s as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.
Paulo Coelho
I think that there is something about the ritual of making things more difficult that people find meaning in.
Carrie Brownstein
Women are storytellers, they are communicators. They’ll go and sit around a table and talk about their first date, their first smoke, their first lipstick, whatever it is. Those rituals of life, marriages and death aren’t part of the language of men.
Anita Roddick
You have to trust someone before you can have rituals with them.
Rachel Klein
The Hopi Indians of Arizona believe that our daily rituals and prayers literally keep this world spinning on its axis. For me, feeding the seagulls is one of those everyday prayers.
Brenda Peterson
I would, if I could, always feed to music. The singularly graceless action of thus filling one’s body with roots and dead animals and powdered grain is given some significance then. One can perform as a ritual what one is shamed to do as a utilitarian action.
Winifred Holtby
The Roman Catholic Church and its rituals were so much part of life that, although my parents would often question a small matter of dogma and none of us seemed more religious than anyone else, no one ever questioned the rituals or the basic tenets of belief.
Colm Toibin
We each have a litany of holiday rituals and everyday habits that we hold on to, and we often greet radical innovation with the enthusiasm of a baby meeting a new sitter. We defend against it and – not always, but often enough – reject it. Slowly we adjust, but only if we have to.
Ellen Goodman
I was brought up a strict Christian. My father was a lay preacher, my mother a church warden. The rhythm and ritual of the Anglican Church was part of our lives.
Monty Don
For some obscure reason, some authorities seem bent on making the drinking of wine a ritual more complicated than chess. They have succeeded in inhibiting a large section of the public and depriving them of one of the greatest pleasures known to man.
Craig Claiborne
That is the problem with comedy in India. Spoofing sells. Come up with original comedy about the hilarious nation we are, with funny accents and odd rituals, and we get into trouble.
Cyrus Broacha
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and if one of the team cannot handle the forces, everybody is going to suffer. A ritual lodge is no place for the well-meaning ineffectual.
Dion Fortune
I’m really blessed. I love my job. Love going to work. I just love it. I love getting it, I love preparing for it. I love the whole process. I love the whole ritual. I’m really very lucky. Lucky girl.
Jennifer Connelly
I don’t really have a ritual. On the car rides over to the racetrack, I just make sure that the right songs are on.
Darrell Wallace Jr.
As they say in my country, the only thing that separates us from the animals is mindless superstition and pointless ritual.
Andy Kaufman
There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.
Deborah Norville
The most meaningful movies I can make are the ones where parents can share them with their children and children can look forward to sharing them with their parents, a ritual if you will, where they get to spend time together and the kids are smiling.
Nicolas Cage
Human life began in flight and fear. Religion rose from rituals of propitiation, spells to lull the punishing elements.
Camille Paglia
The one thing I remember about Christmas was that my father used to take me out in a boat about ten miles offshore on Christmas Day, and I used to have to swim back. Extraordinary. It was a ritual. Mind you, that wasn’t the hard part. The difficult bit was getting out of the sack.
John Cleese
There was no violence, no speed. It moved to the rhythm of an elder dance, putting all the rituals of the world to shame. Black, silver, gold and moon-opal, night and sea, fire, earth, air and water.
Tanith Lee
Because of the way I’m built, I constantly have to strengthen. This is sort of a ritual: I put on my tights first, and right when I’m about to put on my costume, I get down on the floor, and I plank.
David Hallberg
The opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics are mass satanic rituals disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport. Their medium is the language of symbolism.
David Icke
The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that.
William Greider
Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.
Camille Paglia
I only want to protect animals from barbarous, cruel, inhuman and backward rituals.
Brigitte Bardot
But I feel music has a very important role in ritual activity, and that being able to join in musical activity, along with dancing, could have been necessary at a very early stage of human culture.
E. O. Wilson
I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice… Your children are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don’t even realize it.
Pat Robertson
You have to know your triggers for stress and then have rituals for combating them.
Gabrielle Bernstein
….the ancient ritual of the earth; ploughing and planting, reaping and threshing. The fundamental business remains unaltered; it is only the methods and tools that science is changing.
Patience Strong
What do we have in life, really? If we’re lucky we get to a certain age, and we have each other. We have the food we like. We have our crazy little rituals. And we have each other.
David O. Russell
Ideology is not the product of thought; it is the habit or the ritual of showing respect for certain formulas to which, for various reasons having to do with emotional safety, we have very strong ties of whose meaning and consequences in actuality we have no clear understanding.
Lionel Trilling
Ritual is the most primitive reflection of serious thought, a slow deposit, as it were, of people’s imaginative insight into life.
Susanne Katherina Langer
Mobile is a seaport town, and we ate a lot of seafood. We’d go fishing, we’d catch our fish and we’d eat our fish. It was a ritual on Saturday morning for all my family – my grandfather, my brothers, my uncles, my father – to go fishing, and then the ladies of the family would clean the fish and fry them up.
Billy Williams
A full day fast without water is observed on the third main day of Chhath Puja. The main ritual of the day is to offer arghya to the setting Sun. On this day we prepare a prasad of sweets, among which Thekua is pretty popular.
Amrapali Gupta
The thing most consistently on my desk as I write is a cat – a different one at different times of the day. I think I’m more a part of their ritual.
Sarah Addison Allen
Infield practice is more mystic ritual than preparation, encouraging the big-leaguer, no less than the duffer in the stands, to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that playing ball is a snap.
Roger Angell
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
Xun Kuang
The great help of being in the Army is to understand why are the armies clever in what they describe as emotional intelligence, making soldiers come to terms with the death of comrades by certain rituals.
Antony Beevor
People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes.
Garth Stein
When you live a life devoid of ritual and convention, with honesty and self-effacement, then you are on the road to freedom.
Frederick Lenz
I don’t like poetry that doesn’t give me a sense of ritual, but I don’t like poetry that doesn’t sound like people talking to each other. I try to do both at once.
Miller Williams
I like the ritual of putting on my makeup, putting on my costume, doing my warm-ups. I eat the same dinner every night before I go on stage. I like having something that I can count on, something that feels stabilizing for me.
Sarah Paulson
Ritual and myth are like seed crystals of new patterns that can eventually reshape culture around them.
Starhawk
A meal can be thought of as a ritual and a work of art, with limits laid down, desires aroused and fulfilled, enticements, variety, patterning and plot. As in a work of art, not only the overall form, but also the details matter intensely.
Margaret Visser
If God is Mother, then we need only gather together with people and adore her through rituals intended to satisfy the female soul, ritual involving dance, fire, water, air, earth, songs, music, flowers, and beauty.
Paulo Coelho
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
Doreen Valiente
Y’all drinking whiskey is probably a gregarious act. When you’re not an alcoholic it’s pretty fun to drink whiskey. But when you are it’s a very solo ritual. It’s not gregarious at all. But vice has always informed country music and all music.
Ketch Secor
British actors wear wigs a lot. I find it to be a nice ritual at the end of the day, take the wig off, clean the makeup off, go home, leave work behind me.
Megan Boone
For the first time i began to think, consciously and deliberately of religion and other worlds. The Hindu religion especially went up in my estimation; not the ritual or ceremonial part, but it’s great books, the “Upnishads,” and the “Bhagavad Gita.”
Jawaharlal Nehru
Everyone’s looking for the perfect teacher, but although their teachings might be divine, teachers are all too human, and that’s something people find hard to accept. Don’t confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.
Paulo Coelho
I read most often in bed as part of my attempted sleep ritual. But I spend a lot of time reading on planes and in hotels, too.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Seppuku is Japanese for ritual suicide. I thought, What a cute name for a coat.
Lexa Doig
I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people’s feelings by satisfying our own egos.
Kenneth Clark