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I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

I couldn't live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Mill on the Floss (bk. VI, ch. XIV)

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
      - Benjamin Franklin

No man can be stark naught at once. Let us stop the progress of sin in our soul at the first stage, for the farther it goes the faster it will increase.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasts of it, is a devil.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy State--Of Self-Praising

Sin writes histories, goodness is silent.
  [Ger., Das Uebel macht eine Geschichte und das Gute keine.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sin! Sin! Thou art a hateful and horrible thing, that abominable thing which God hates. And what wonder? Thou hast insulted His holy majesty; thou hast bereaved Him of beloved children; thou hast crucified the Son of His infinite love; thou hast vexed His gracious Spirit; thou hast defied His power; thou hast despised His grace; and in the body and blood of Jesus, as if that were a common thing, thou hast trodden under foot His matchless mercy. Surely, brethren, the wonder of wonders is, that sin is not that abominable thing which we also hate.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

Not only commission makes a sin. A man is guilty of all those sins he hateth not. If I cannot avoid all, yet I will hate all.
      - Joseph Hall

Remember that every guilty compliance with the humors of the world, every sinful indulgence of our own passions, is laying up cares and fears for the hour of darkness; and that the remembrance of ill-spent time will strew our sick-bed with thorns, and rack our sinking spirits with despair.
      - Reginald Heber

I am in process of bringing all my sins to light for the purpose of getting rid of them. We never know how rich we are until we break up housekeeping!
      - Charles Jean Henault

'T is the will that makes the action good or ill.
      - Robert Herrick

A man does not necessarily sin who does that which our reason and our conscience condemn.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The fact is that sin is the most unmanly thing in God's world. You never were made for sin and selfishness. You were made for love and obedience.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

We are saved from nothing if we are not saved from sin. Little sins are pioneers of hell. The backslider begins with what he foolishly considers trifling with little sins. There are no little sins. There was a time when all the evil that has existed in the world was comprehended in one sinful thought of our first parent; and all the now evil is the numerous and horrid progeny of one little sin.
      - James Howell (Howel)

Poverty and wealth are comparative sins.
      - Victor Hugo

And love the sin for the dear sinner's sake.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

We are sinful not merely because we have eaten of the tree of knowledge, but also because we have not eaten of the tree of life.
      - Franz Kafka

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
      - Immanuel Kant

He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater.
      - Thomas a Kempis

If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do it; and if ye do evil, against yourselves will ye do it.
      - Koran

Every man has his devilish minutes.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Many afflictions will not cloud and obstruct peace of mind so much as one sin: therefore, if you would walk cheerfully, be most careful to walk holily. All the winds about the earth make not an earthquake, but only that within.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

Sin first is pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

Were the visage of sin seen at a full light, undressed and unpainted, it were impossible, while it so appeared, that any one soul could be in love with it, but would rather flee from it as hideous and abominable.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

Pride and conceit were the original sin of man.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

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