Bishop of Ignatius of Antioch - (Upon hearing he was to be killed by being thrown to the lions) - "I am the wheat of Christ: I am going to be ground with the teeth of wild beasts, that I may be found pure bread."
Bishop Ignatius of Antioch - "Jesus Christ who was of the race of David, who was the Son of Mary, who was truly born and ate and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died in the sight of those in heaven and on earth and those under the earth; who moreover was truly raised from the dead, His Father having raised Him, who in the like fashion will so raise us also who believe on Him."
Bishop Ignatius of Antioch - "Now I begin to be a disciple. I care for nothing, of visible or invisible things, so that I may but win Christ. Let fire and the cross, let the companies of wild beasts, let breaking of bones and tearing of limbs, let the grinding of the whole body, and all the malice of the devil, come upon me; be it so, only may I win Christ Jesus!"
Immanuel Kant - "In the life and the Divine doctrine of Christ which are recorded in the Gospel, example and precept conspire to call men to the regular discharge of every moral duty for its own sake, and to the universal practice of pure virtue. "He can't be wrong whose life is in the right." The Sermon on the Mount, in particular, which Jesus obviously had the intention of introducing among the Jews, that we can not avoid considering it the Word of God. Beyond doubt, Christ is the Founder of the first true Church; that is, that Church which, purified from the folly of superstition and the meanness of fanaticism, exhibits the moral kingdom of God upon the earth as far as can be done for man."
Immanuel Kant - "The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity."