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CONFESSION
[ Also see Conscience Reflection Reform Reformation Regret Religion Repentance Self-examination Truth ]

Unless we realize our sins enough to call them by name, it is hardly worth while to say anything about them at all. When we pray for forgiveness, let us say, "my temper," or "untruthfulness," or "pride," "my selfishness, my cowardice, indolence, jealousy, revenge, impurity." To recognize our sins, we must look them in the face and call them by their right names, however hard. Honesty in confession calls for definiteness in confession.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them.
      - Gerald Brenan

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.
      - Kahlil Gibran

He's half absolv'd who has confessed.
      - Matthew Prior

If thou wouldst be justified, acknowledge thy injustice; he that confesses his sin begins his journey toward salvation; he that is sorry for it mends his pace; he that forsakes it is at his journey's end.
      - Francis Quarles

Why does no man confess his vices? Because he is yet in them; it is for a waking man to tell his dream.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Nor do we find him forward to be sounded,
  But with a crafty madness keeps aloof
    When we would bring him on to some confession
      Of his true state.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Guildenstern at III, i)

Confess yourself to heaven,
  Repent what's past, avoid what is to come,
    And do not spread the compost on the weeds
      To make them ranker.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin;
  For to deny each article with oath
    Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception
      That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at V, ii)

I own the soft impeachment.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals
         (act V, sc. 3)


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