cleanliness is next to godliness

cleanliness is next to godliness

A phrase that strongly encourages and promotes neatness and personal hygiene. My grandmother is always adamant that we wash our hands before every meal because cleanliness is next to godliness.
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Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Prov. It is very important to keep yourself clean. Child: How come I have to take a bath? Mother: Cleanliness is next to godliness. The woman sitting next to me on the bus had obviously never heard that cleanliness is next to godliness.
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cleanliness is next to godliness

Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness, as in Don't forget to wash your ears-cleanliness is next to godliness. This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. It is still invoked, often as an admonition to wash or clean up.
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References in classic literature ?
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.
Bashorun, however, solicited for the maximum cooperation from the people and residents of the state, advising them to always make their environment clean, saying cleanliness is next to Godliness.
One lesson is clear: If cleanliness is next to godliness, then we should value not just the act of cleaning, but also the people for whom cleaning is a job: the street cleaners and janitors.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal while addressing a press conference on the activities undertaken during the Swachchhta Pakhwada said that time has come to show by act and not only by words that cleanliness is next to godliness.
Comment: It's said that cleanliness is next to godliness.
If cleanliness is next to godliness then this must be one of the upper levels of hell.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, then the proper use of sanitation wipes can make the supermarket a piece of heaven on earth--and help set it apart from the other retail channels.
The hospital did have works going on at the time but that's no excuse - cleanliness is next to godliness.
Everyone must play his role to keep street, roads and city clean as our religion Islam says, Cleanliness is next to godliness, he added.
My mum, like most miners' wives, was very house proud with her motto being Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness.
It is, I understand that cleanliness is next to godliness.
Washington, Oct 24 (ANI): The moral teaching we all learnt as a child, cleanliness is next to godliness, has now gained more weight as researchers have proved how people living in clean-smelling environments tend to be unconsciously fairer and more generous.
He repeatedly stresses he is a son of the Manse - presumably therefore he believes cleanliness is next to godliness and is committed to the 'deep cleaning' of hospitals - involving the temporary closure of wards.
Leonard Cynink ensures the grounds are well maintained, while Stella Shane organizes the office duties and a cleaning staff ensures that cleanliness is next to godliness.
Cleanliness is next to godliness and it takes a bit of an effort to achieve such a thing on our streets.