Ceremony Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ceremony quotes, ceremony sayings, and ceremony proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The myths connected with individual sanctuaries and ceremonies were merely part of the apparatus of the worship; they served to excite the fancy and sustain the interest of the worshipper no one cared what he believed about its origin.     

William Robertson Smith

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.     

Jennifer Granholm

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success.     

Robert Orben

Ceremony and ritual spring from our heart of hearts those who govern us know it well, for they would sooner deny us bread than dare alter the observance of tradition.     

F. Gonzalez-Crussi

Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government.     

Confucius

The real ceremony begins where the formal one ends, when we take up a new way, our minds and hearts filled with the vision of earth that holds us within it, in compassionate relationship to and with our world.     

Linda Hogan

The purpose of any ceremony is to build stronger relationship or bridge the distance between our cosmos and us. The research that we do as Indigenous people is a ceremony that allows us a raised level of consciousness and insight into our world. Through going forward together with open minds and good hearts we have uncovered the nature of this ceremony.     

Shawn Wilson

Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.     

Lord Chesterfield

Ceremony is really a protection, too, in times of emotional involvement, particularly at death. If we have a social formula to guide us and do not have to extemporize, we feel better able to handle life.     

Amy Vanderbilt

Marriage- a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.     

Herbert Spencer

The only way we'll know where we're going is to look at the past and to remember who we were through ceremonies and rituals.     

Laura Esquivel

We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.     

Amy Vanderbilt

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.     

G. K. Chesterton

Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.     

William Shakespeare

A wedding is a ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable.     

Ambrose Bierce

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.     

Joseph Wood

Ceremony and great professing renders friendship as much suspect as it does religion.     

William Wycherley

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

A certain degree of ceremony is a necessary outwork of manners, as well as of religion; it keeps the forward and petulant at a proper distance, and is a very small restraint to the sensible and to the well bred part of the world.     

Lord Chesterfield

Ceremony is an invention to take off the uneasy feeling which we derive from knowing ourselves to be less the object of love and esteem with a fellow creature than some other person is. It endeavours to make up, by superior attentions in little points, for that invidious preference which it is forced to deny in the greater.     

Charles Lamb

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

Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.     

Anonymous

It also called upon traditional people in the Four Directions to strengthen the healing ceremonies and asked people to heed the warnings of Mother Earth.     

Dennis Banks

Award ceremonies are strange because you're sitting next to someone you've never met; you're celebrating with a total stranger.     

Aneurin Barnard

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.     

Oliver Goldsmith

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.     

William Cowper