A baby is a loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

— Ronald Knox

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A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.


When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected 'I believe' to 'one does feel'.


If you have a sloppy religion you get a sloppy atheism.


Always tell the truth, and people will never believe you.


The difference between the Old and the New Testament is the difference between a man who said "There is nothing new under the sun" and a God who says "Behold, I make all things new.


Only those of us, I think, who were born under Queen Victoria know what it feels like to assume, without questioning, that England is permanently top nation, that foreigners do not matter, and that if the worst comes to the worst, Lord Salisbury will send a gunboat.


All men who have ideals . . . live by some kind of faith, by committing themselves to some kind of loyalty which is not universally recognized as the common property of all thinking men. They must have something-something outside themselves, to make them feel life is worth living, that good rather than evil is the explanation of the world.


The great argument used now against any theological proposition is not, that it is untrue, or unthinkable, or unedifying, or unscriptural, or unorthodox, but simply, that the modern mind cannot accept it.


Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.


O God, for as much as without Thee We are not enabled to doubt Thee, Help us all by Thy grace To convince the whole race It knows nothing whatever about Thee.


Long before I had ever seen a ritualistic service I became a Ritualist.


The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.


About Ronald Knox

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected I believe to One does feel.


It doesn't do to say that heresy produces the development of doctrine, because that annoys the theologians. But it is true to say that as a matter of history the development of doctrine has been largely a reaction on the Church's part to the attacks of heresy.


He who travels in the Barque of Peter had better not look too closely into the engine room.


A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials.


The prevailing attitude of the speakers was one of heavy disagreement with a number of things which the reader had not said.


It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.


Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.

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