Quotes About Ceremony

Quotes About Ceremony

I’m a curator of quotes. Always have been. At least since my days as a creative writing and English literature major in New York. So it’s no surprise that I’ve collected many quotes about ceremonies - some pertaining directly to wedding ceremonies, and others to ceremonies in general. After all, the human life cycle is full of ceremonies: seasonal and sustenance ceremonies, initiations and rites of passage like birth, transition from adolescence to adulthood, and end of life. I hope you enjoy reading some of these quotes about ceremony (and ritual) through the lens of these storytellers, authors and ceremonialists.

“I found that though our commitment had seemed to me to be permanent and declared and established before that, that the experience of having all of these hundreds of friends gathered together witnessing our love, shored it, up and strengthened it, and gave it a new depth, and gave it a new resonance that I had never imagined or anticipated, and I found the fact that we were celebrating that love in a ceremony that echoed in some sense the one my parents had had, and the ones my grandparents had had, and the ones that presumably went back generation upon generation, exalted the feeling between us, and it was very joyful.” -Simon Doonan, The Moth

“Ceremony may be self-derived, it may come from vision, it may be given by a teacher, it may be cultural.  But from all sources it has the same underlying root.  It is a process in which the human capacity for sacred feeling and reverence is given form and expression.  One tells the Earth, one tells Creator, what is felt and thought through specific actions and movements and intentions. This underlying intention held within the ceremonialist is given outward expression in ceremonial form.  And in the process humans, the spirit world, the different elements of the Earth are bound together in a living fabric that is alive, vital and new.” -Stephen Harrod Buhner

“The purpose of rituals is to end, for a time, our sense of human alienation from nature and from each other. Ritual seems to be one method of reintegrating individuals and groups into the cosmos, and to tie in the activities of daily life with their ever present, often forgotten, significance. It allows us to feel biological connectedness with ancestors who regulated their lives and activities according to seasonal observances. Just as ecological theory explains how we are interrelated with all other forms of life, rituals allow us to re-create that unity in an explosive, non-abstract, gut-level way. Rituals have the power to reset the terms of our universe until we find ourselves suddenly and truly at home.” -Margot Adler

“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“Ceremony can bring the quiescent back to life; it can open your mind and heart to what you once knew but have forgotten.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer