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Heresy Quotes

What is the first thought that goes through your mind when you hear the word heresy? It could be the torture rooms of the medieval times where the church used to conduct trials against heresy. If you aren't that much into heresy, you might have known it to be a bad thing. According to a few dictionaries, it is defined as the act of developing religious beliefs which contradict the teachings of the church. It could also be defined simply as diverging from an age old theory, custom or practice. It is usually used in accordance with religion. For example, any practice contradicting the church’s beliefs are said to be heretical.

 It is like the other side of the coin where few people refuse to follow the dominant religious beliefs. The basic opinion of these heretical people is that they always try to challenge the position of a church or any other religious institution. According to a few surveys, the non-heretical people also believe that the church’s parameters to judge a belief or practice are too outdated. These heretics and their thoughts are often seen as the darker side of the society and usually tend to be unacceptable. Do yourself a favor by reading a whole lot of famous quotations and sayings on dissent and heresy.

Eric Hoffer

A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.

Martin Luther

When I was a child there were many witches, and they bewitched both cattle and men, especially children. 

Charles Baudelaire

Progress, this great heresy of decay.

Thomas Hobbes

They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.

Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.

Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.