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  • (laity’s bursts into the room at the end of the speech, leaving the door open) TRAY IS Grandmama—the moving men are downstairs!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • There were clerks with neat little skull-caps to keep their tonsures warm, dressed in sober clothes which contrasted with the laity.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In order to spare the laity all "difficulties" he has deserted both the lectionary and the appointed psalms and now, without noticing it, revolves endlessly round the little treadmill of his fifteen favourite psalms and twenty favourite lessons.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Viewed by this light it becomes a coherent scheme and not the monstrous maze the laity are apt to think it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House

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  • …Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say, that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for, give me leave to observe that I consider the clerical office as equal in point of dignity with the highest rank in the kingdom—provided that a proper humility of behaviour is at the same time…
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Apart from her being what she is, of course, a luxury for a fogy like me, it will set me right in the eyes of the clergy and orthodox laity, who have never forgiven me for letting her go.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Now that the King and you are in amity, Clergy and laity may return to gaiety, Mirth and —sportfulness need not walk warily, Thomas.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • "Mine honest friend," said he, "if the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thine understanding, thou mightst know "Clericus clericum non decimat"; that is to say, we churchmen do not exhaust each other’s hospitality, but rather require that of the laity, giving them thus an opportunity to serve God in honouring and relieving his appointed servants."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …D. D.; the rev. Peter Fagan, O. M.; the rev. T. Brangan, O. S. A.; the rev. J. Flavin, C. C.; the rev. M. A. Hackett, C. C.; the rev. W. Hurley, C. C.; the rt rev. Mgr M’Manus, V. G.; the rev. B. R. Slattery, O. M. I.; the very rev. M. D. Scally, P. P.; the rev. F. T. Purcell, O. P.; the very rev. Timothy canon Gorman, P. P.; the rev. J. Flanagan, C. C. The laity included P. Fay, T. Quirke, etc., etc. —Talking about violent exercise, says Alf, were you at that Keogh-Bennett match?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In so far as the daughter of these parents was concerned, and in the face of natural gifts which fitted her for something better than this world from which she derived, she was still, in part, at least, a reflection of the religious and moral notions there and then prevailing,—the views of the local ministers and the laity in general.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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  • But Lydgate had not been experienced enough to foresee that his new course would be even more offensive to the laity; and to Mr. Mawmsey, an important grocer in the Top Market, who, though not one of his patients, questioned him in an affable manner on the subject, he was injudicious enough to give a hasty popular explanation of his reasons, pointing out to Mr. Mawmsey that it must lower the character of practitioners, and be a constant injury to the public, if their only mode of…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I do not hesitate to affirm that during my stay in America I did not meet with a single individual, of the clergy or of the laity, who was not of the same opinion upon this point.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I saw such a spirit of dogmatism and bigotry in clergy and laity, that if I should be a priest I must take my side, and pronounce as positively as any of them, or never get a parish, or getting it must soon leave it.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And That The Pastors Are The Clergy From the same opinion, that the present Church is the Kingdome of God, it proceeds that Pastours, Deacons, and all other Ministers of the Church, take the name to themselves of the Clergy, giving to other Christians the name of Laity, that is, simply People.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "A brilliant idea, and most true!" cried Lebedeff, "for he never even touched the laity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But not perceiving this quite plainly—only seeing it by halves in a confused way—the laity sometimes suffer in peace and pocket, with a bad grace, and DO grumble very much.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • When a breeze from the country that has lost its way takes fright and makes a blind hurry to rush out again, it flings as much dust in the eyes of Allegory as the law—or Mr. Tulkinghorn, one of its trustiest representatives—may scatter, on occasion, in the eyes of the laity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Therefore there is nothing in this similitude, from whence to inferre a dependance of the Laity on the Clergy, or of the Temporall Officers on the Spirituall; but of both on the Civill Soveraign; which ought indeed to direct his Civill commands to the Salvation of Souls; but is not therefore subject to any but God himselfe.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The first Councell, that made the Scriptures we now have, Canon, is not extant: For that Collection the first Bishop of Rome after S. Peter, is subject to question: For though the Canonicall books bee there reckoned up; yet these words, "Sint vobis omnibus Clericis & Laicis Libris venerandi, &c." containe a distinction of Clergy, and Laity, that was not in use so neer St. Peters time.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "Sir Knight," answered the hermit, "your thoughts, like those of the ignorant laity, are according to the flesh.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But to prove it, he alledgeth first, this reason, "Kings and Popes, Clergy and Laity make but one Common-wealth; that is to say, but one Church: And in all Bodies the Members depend one upon another: But things Spirituall depend not of things Temporall: Therefore, Temporall depend on Spirituall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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