Monk On A Rope

Monastery ride with high expectations


A monastery was perched high on an isolated cliff, and the only way to reach it was to ride in a basket which was hauled to the top by a team of monks.

The ride up was not for the faint-hearted, and one visitor was looking exceedingly pale by the time he reached the summit. As he stepped trembling from the basket, he couldn’t help noticing that the rope was old and frayed.

“How often do you change that rope?” he asked one of the monks.
The monk thought for a moment and answered brusquely, “Whenever it breaks.”


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Religion: a great perhaps. - Francois Rabelais

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. - Arab Proverb

I once dieted so religiously I quit eating in Church. - Zig Ziglar

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. - Napoleon Bonaparte

What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate. - Ravi Zacharias

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

In an urban environment, a church building is a thing of the past. - Mark Batterson

To be born in India is to arrive into the world swimming in religion. - Ravi Zacharias

Give me a couple of pages of the Bible, and I'll give you a picture. - Cecil B. DeMille

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I see religion more as a truck stop on your way to figuring out who you are. - Brad Pitt

Democracy is also a form of religion; it is the worship of jackals by jackasses. - H L Mencken

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

I'm a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion. - Paul Ryan

The first time I sang in the Church choir, two hundred people changed their religion. - Fred Allen

The church is close, but the road is icey. The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb

We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another. - Jonathan Swift

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. - Bill Gates

A man must be orthodox upon most things or he will never have time to preach his own heresy. - G K Chesterton

Are you saying that the Rebel Alliance were religious terrorists and Yoda was a benefit cheat? - Dave Turner

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. - Malcolm Muggeridge

Most people have some sort of religion, at least they know which church they're staying away from. - John Erskine

The Bible, if ya read it you'd know. It's right in the beginning there, in the Book of Generous. - Archie Bunker

Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. - Billy Sunday

Dieting is not a sprint, it's a marathon. If you celebrate the small victories, you will eventually win the war. - Ian K Smith

The world says everything happens randomly, without reason. But the Bible reassures us that God works in all things. - David Jeremiah

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

The Bible's full of wine. God ain't got nothing against a little drink to celebrate His Son's birthday with. - Archie Bunker

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing. - George Eliot

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. - Garrison Keillor

Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in Church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs. - Fred Allen

Audiences everywhere are tough. They don't have time to be bored or brow beaten by orthodox, old fashioned advertising. - Craig Davis

I find that the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions. - Samuel Butler

The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. - Richard Engel

I am quite sure now that often in matters concerning religion and politics, a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkeys. - Mark Twain

Prayer and the Bible became a part of my everyday thoughts and beliefs. I learned to put my trust in God and to seek Him as my strength. - Rosa Parks

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. - Bertrand Russell

I ain't got no respect for no religion where the head guy claims he can't make no mistakes. Like he's, waddya call, inflammable. - Archie Bunker

The hallmark of religion is to distrust claims made for mortal men. It is in ages of great religious faith that great skepticism can find expression. - Malcolm Muggeridge


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20-Jan-2021