“If democracy is ever to be threatened, it will not be by revolutionary groups burning government offices and occupying the broadcasting and newspaper offices of the world. It will come from disenchantment, cynicism and despair caused by the realisation that the New World Order means we are all to be managed and not represented”

Tony Benn

“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

For me the only feast at all
Is Autumn's Harvest Festival,
But how annoying when one finds
That other mice with pagan minds
Come into church my food to share
Who have no proper business there.

Diary of a Church Mouse by John Betjeman

“When I visited coffee farms in Ethiopia, the farmers could not believe we spend a week's wages in their country on a cup of coffee in ours….”

Colin Firth

Often by putting a thought into a sentence and then creating a second sentence with the position of the verb and adjective switched we get a message of wisdom.

Take for instance the quote, “The duty of the church is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”, attributed to Michael Ramsey.

“to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” has also been used to describe the duty of a newspaper and to be the job of good fiction. It was also used as the title of a song by the punk group Dead to Me.

Can you think of other examples?
One for “the presence of the congregation” may be fun.

The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.

Charles Baudelaire