Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Sin

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love. ~ Marilyn Monroe

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. ~ Thomas Aquinas

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Vanity is my favorite sin. ~ Al Pacino

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~ H. L. Mencken

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that. ~ Pearl Bailey

I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance. ~ Christopher Marlowe

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

The only sin is mediocrity. ~ Martha Graham

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t. ~ Hyman Rickover

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. ~ Edmund Burke

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. ~ Charles Darwin

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress. ~ Thorstein Veblen

It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any. ~ Mae West

If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be. ~ Cesare Pavese

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling. ~ Paula Poundstone

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. ~ Bill Maher

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ~ Alice Walker

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met. ~ Fran Lebowitz

The central dogma of the New Testament is that Jesus died as a scapegoat for the sin of Adam and the sins that all we unborn generations might have been contemplating in the future. Adam’s sin is perhaps mitigated by the extenuating circumstance that he didn’t exist. ~ Richard Dawkins

The only people who should really sin are the people who can sin and grin. ~ Ogden Nash

You make a deal. You figure out how much sin you can live with. ~ Martin Scorsese

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it. ~ Hannah More

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin. ~ Anatole France

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Sin is whatever obscures the soul. ~ Andre Gide

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless. ~ Dorothy L. Sayers

What a terrible thing it would be to be the Pope! What unthinkable responsibilities to fall on your shoulders at an advanced age! No privacy. No seclusion. No sin. ~ Roger Ebert

Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it. ~ ― Ambrose Bierce

I find something repulsive about the idea of vicarious redemption. I would not throw my numberless sins onto a scapegoat and expect them to pass from me; we rightly sneer at the barbaric societies that practice this unpleasantness in its literal form. There’s no moral value in the vicarious gesture anyway. As Thomas Paine pointed out, you may if you wish take on a another man’s debt, or even to take his place in prison. That would be self-sacrificing. But you may not assume his actual crimes as if they were your own; for one thing you did not commit them and might have died rather than do so; for another this impossible action would rob him of individual responsibility. So the whole apparatus of absolution and forgiveness strikes me as positively immoral, while the concept of revealed truth degrades the concept of free intelligence by purportedly relieving us of the hard task of working out the ethical principles for ourselves. ~ Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. ~ Oscar Wilde

That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin. ~ Gene Wolfe

Sins become more subtle as you grow older: you commit sins of despair rather than lust. ~ Piers Paul Read

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. ~ Oscar Wilde


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