C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The idol is the measure of the worshipper.


  • ’Tis mad idolatry,
  • To make the service greater than the god.
  • Shakespeare.

    It is not he who forms idols in gold or marble that makes them gods, but he who kneels before them.


    Man may content himself with the applause of the world, and the homage paid to his intellect; but woman’s heart has holier idols.

    George Eliot.

    Philosophers and common heathen believed one God, to whom all things were referred; but under this God they worshipped many inferior and subservient gods.


    Make no man your idol; for the best man must have faults, and his faults will usually become yours in addition to your own. This is as true in art as an morals.

    Washington Allston.

    Idolatry is certainly the first-born of folly, the great and leading paradox; nay, the very abridgment and sum total of all absurdities.


    This idol gold can boast of two peculiarities: it is worshipped in all climates without a single temple, and by all classes without a single hypocrite.


    God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it—a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place.