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If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts.
  [Lat., Si quoties homines peccant sua fulmina mittat
    Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (II, 33)

He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God.
      - John Owen (2)

The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh.
      - John Owen (2), Works (vol. VI, 9)

Be not familiar with the idea of wrong, for sin in fancy mothers many an ugly fact.
      - Theodore Parker

The whole sum and substance of human history may be reduced to this maxim: that when man departs from the divine means of reaching the divine end, he suffers harm and loss.
      - Theodore Parker

My sin is the black spot which my bad act makes, seen against the disk of the Sun of Righteousness. Hence religion and sin come and go together.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Sin spoils the spirit's delicacy, and unwillingness deadens its susceptibility.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it. No man is compelled to evil: his consent only makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.
      - William Penn

Age whitens hairs, but not sin.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

It is a sin for a plebian to grumble in public.
  [Lat., Palam mutire plebeio piaculum est.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (III, Epilogue, 34)

Sin is not taken out of man, as Eve was out of Adam, by putting him to sleep.
      - Wendell Phillips

Sin is disease, deformity, and weakness.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

The greatest penalty of evil-doing is to grow into the likeness of bad men, and, growing like them, to fly from the conversation of the good, and be cut off from them, and cleave to and follow after the company of the bad.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Sin is dark and loves the dark, still hides from itself in gloom, and in the darkest hell is still itself the darkest hell and the severest woe.
      - Robert Pollok

How shall I lose the sin yet keep the sense,
  And love th' offender, yet detest the offence?
      - Alexander Pope, Eloise to Abelard (l. 191)

See sin in state, majestically drunk;
  Proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 69)

Take steadily some one sin, which seems to stand out before thee, to root it out, by God's grace, and every fibre of it. Purpose strongly, by the grace and strength of God, wholly to sacrifice this sin or sinful inclination to the love of God, to spare it not, until thou leave of it none remaining, neither root nor branch.
      - Edward B. Pusey

Sin is a basilisk whose eyes are full of venom. If the eye of thy soul see her first, it reflects her own poison and kills her; if she see thy soul, unseen, or seen too late, with her poison, she kills thee: since therefore thou canst not escape thy sin, let not thy sin escape thy observation.
      - Francis Quarles

Cast out thy Jonah--every sleeping and secure sin that brings a tempest upon thy ship, vexation to thy spirit.
      - Frederic Reynolds

Evil courses can yield pleasure no longer than while thought and reflection can be kept off.
      - Samuel Richardson

Sin is geographical.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

An Italian proverb says, "In men every mortal sin is venial; in woman every venial sin is mortal." And a German axiom, that "There are only two good women in the world: one of them is dead, and the other is not to be found."
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

Let him that sows the serpent's teeth not hope to reap a joyous harvest. Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, its own avenging angel,--dark misgivings at the inmost heart.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Although a man has so well purged his mind that nothing can trouble or deceive him any more, yet he reached his present innocence through sin.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

If we desire to judge justly, we must persuade ourselves that none of us is without sin.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


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