William Cowper Page

“Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.”

- William Cowper

Source/Notes: The Poems of William Cowper (1835), p. 65, "Expostulation"
Hillary Clinton Page

“I remember, particularly, a trip to Bosnia where the welcoming ceremony had to be moved inside because of sniper fire.”

- Hillary Clinton

Source/Notes: February 29, 2008, regarding her 1996 trip to Bosnia. - Presidential campaign (January 20, 2007 — 2008)
Fernand Point Page

“If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.”

- Fernand Point

George Gurdjieff Page

“Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.”

- George Gurdjieff

David Antin Page

“I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.”

- David Antin


John Cheever Page

“The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.”

- John Cheever

Source/Notes: The Sixties, 1963 entry - The Journals of John Cheever (1991)
Katherine Dunham Page

“Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony, a real ceremony.”

- Katherine Dunham

Charles Eastman Page

“There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy.”

- Charles Eastman

Source/Notes: The Essential Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa): Light on the Indian World (2007 edition), World Wisdom, Inc - ISBN: 9781933316338
Chiwetel Ejiofor Page

“This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for.”

- Chiwetel Ejiofor

R. Lee Ermey Page

“Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.”

- R. Lee Ermey


Charles de Gaulle Page

“Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.”

- Charles de Gaulle

Ira Glasser Page

“The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted.”

- Ira Glasser

Henry James Page

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

- Henry James

Henry James Page

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

- Henry James

Source/Notes: Works of Henry James (2010 edition), MobileReference - ISBN: 9781607784609
Tom Jones Page

“Winning the Outstanding Contribution award is great, because you know you have won in advance. Previously, I have been really nervous during the ceremony because you have no idea if you are going to get called up on stage. This time I could relax and enjoy myself.”

- Tom Jones


Hedy Lamarr Page

“The ceremony took six minutes. The marriage lasted about the same amount of time though we didn't get a divorce for almost a year.”

- Hedy Lamarr

Source/Notes: Ecstasy and me: my life as a woman (1966 edition)
Hermann Maier Page

“I was quite moved to see this huge crowd which attended the ceremony in the middle of the town.”

- Hermann Maier