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Sin Quotes and Sayings
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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

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

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

 

Change is the only constant.
Hanging on is the only sin.
- Denise McCluggage

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
- John Ruskin

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have
faith and rejoice in Christ.
- Martin Luther

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You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- Exodus 20:17

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

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty,
even one's own even more, one's own,
for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
- Ambrose Bierce

Being seventy is not a sin.
- Golda Meir

Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin,
would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo:
"Then why did you tell me?"
- Annie Dillard

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is,
of course, living in a state of sin.
- John von Neumann

He who is completely sanctified, or cleansed from all sin,
and dies in this state, is fit for glory.
- Adam Clarke

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

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.
- John Bunyan

You can't have virtue without sin.
What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined
by how they operate in a very sinful environment.
That's how you test people.
- Frank Miller

Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin.
- William Gurnall

The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade
oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
- Doris Lessing

Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin.
- Mary Baker Eddy

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
- Samuel Butler

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty.
Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable,
distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter

Pet lovers know that animals sometimes understand us better than we do,
and the annals of human sin and desire provide plenty
of stories to drive the point home.
- Tony Snow

I always say beauty is only sin deep.
- Hector Hugh Munro

Priests have to have the right to say that a sin is a sin.
- Rocco Buttiglione

Now the Bible tells us that we are all by nature,
sinners, that we are slaves to sin and Satan,
and that unless we are converted, or born again,
we must be miserable forever.
- Jupiter Hammon

It is the public scandal that offends;
to sin in secret is no sin at all.
- Moliere

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

Only the old are innocent.
That is what the Victorians understood,
and the Christians.
Original sin is a property of the young.
The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
- Malcolm Bradbury

This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.
This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

The German people is not marked by original sin,
but by original nobility.
- Alfred Rosenberg

Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a
monastery than reading a book on etiquette.
There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible
to commit some social sin.
- Quentin Crisp

Withholding information that would get innocent people
killed was the right thing to do,
not a journalistic sin.
- Eason Jordan

Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it,
espouses it.
- Georges Bernanos

Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.
- William Gurnall

If we knew exactly what animal life was like before
the fall into sin and knew what nature was like before
the law of entropy invaded it,
we would already be living in heaven.
- Walter Lang

Every contrition for sin is apt to encourage a not
quite charitable wish that other people should exhibit a similar contrition.
- Charles Williams

It's a sin to have your films not to make money.
- Ellen Burstyn

I wish it were not a sin to have liked it so.
- Veronica Franco

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ,
I commit the sin of envy.
- Simone Weil

And I ask why am I black, they say I was born in sin,
and shamed inequity.
One of the main songs we used to sing in church makes me sick,
'love wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
- Peter Tosh

The curse of Adam and Eve that fell upon the earth
because of their sin will be lifted when Christ returns.
- Tim LaHaye

From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin,
he would not have created gay people.
- Howard Dean

Sin is still sin - no matter how you spell it.
- Edwin Louis Cole

The essential point of view of Christianity is sin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

But if we continue in sin, and rebel and harden our hearts,
we shall become so inured and fixed in it,
that it will be natural, and we shall choose it from time to time.
- Elias Hicks

I asked God if it was a sin and He didn't say anything.
- Ernestine L. Rose

Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin.
- Josiah Stamp

There is no sin but ignorance.
- Christopher Marlowe

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him
capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

In the gay (Catholic) community, it would seem,
the maxim is: love the sin and love the sinner,
but hate anyone who calls it a sin or him a sinner.
- Richard John Neuhaus

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin:
impatience.
Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise,
because of impatience we cannot return.
- W. H. Auden

The theme is the theme of humiliation,
which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the
freedom from humiliation,
and love, which is the square root of wonderful.
- Carson McCullers

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin,
not to forsake it.
- Saint Augustine

Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

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

And yet, you do not throw out some of the great minds of the Church -
and people in Church history -
and say they have no credibility because they committed a sin or made a mistake.
- Walter Martin

I am no longer sure of anything.
If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them;
if I refuse to satisfy them,
they infect the whole soul.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Vanity is my favourite sin.
- Al Pacino

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

Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and
angles that make people see red,
which are evidence of original sin or something,
and I avoid that.
I don't shoot that any more.
- Jock Sturges

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness.
Let us lose it for a few hours.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
- Lester Bangs

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state,
but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common
consent what is good or bad.
- Baruch Spinoza

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


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