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SAINTS
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In the wicked there's no vice,
  Of which the saints have not a spice,
    And yet that thing that's pious in
      The one, in the other is a sin.
        Is it not ridiculous, and nonsense,
          A saint should be a slave to conscience?
      - Samuel Butler (1)

But jest apart--what virtue canst thou trace
  In that broad trim that hides thy sober face?
    Does that long-skirted drab, that over-nice
      And formal clothing, prove a scorn of vice?
        Then for thine accent--what in sound can be
          So void of grace as dull monotony?
      - George Crabbe

Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.
      - Pamela Hansford Johnson

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
      - Alexander Pope


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