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St. Augustine used to say that, but for God's grace, he should have been capable of committing any crime; and it is when we feel this sincerely, that we are most likely to be really improving, and best able to give assistance to others without moral loss to ourselves.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

Man-like is it to fall into sin,
  Fiend-like is it to dwell therein,
    Christ-like is it for sin to grieve,
      God-like is it all sin to leave.
      - Baron Friedrich von Logau,

Sin is essentially a departure from God.
      - Martin Luther

Yes, every sin is a mistake, and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool."
      - Alexander Maclaren

We are too Christian really to enjoy sinning, and too fond of sinning really to enjoy Christianity.
      - Peter Marshall

There are some sins which are more justly to be denominated surprises than infidelities. To such the world should be lenient, as, doubtless, Heaven is forgiving.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Nor custom, nor example, nor cast numbers
  Of such as do offend, make less the sin.
      - Philip Massinger, The Picture
         (act IV, sc. 2)

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

I learn the depth to which I have sunk from the length of the chain let down to up-draw me. I ascertain the mightiness of the ruin by examining the machinery for restoration.
      - Henry Melvill

Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given,
  That brought into this world a world of woe,
    Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery,
      Death's harbinger.
      - John Milton

Sin and her shadow, death.
      - John Milton

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
  Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
    Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
      With loss of Eden.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 1)

Her rash hand in evil hour
  Forth reaching to the fruit, she pluck'd, she eat;
    Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat
      Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe
        That all was lost.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 780)

So many laws argue so many sins.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 283)

Law can discover sin, but not remove,
  Save by those shadowy expiations weak.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 290)

It is not alone what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

But the trail of the serpent is over them all.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (l. 206)

Only the sinner has a right to preach.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

In Adam's fall--
  We sinned all.
      - New England Primer

Young Timothy
  Learnt sin to fly.
      - New England Primer

All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment.
  [Lat., Di faciles, peccasse semel concedite tuto:
    Id satis est. Peonam culpa secunda ferat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (bk. II, 14, 43)

He who has it in his power to commit sin, is less inclined to do so. The very idea of being able, weakens the desire.
  [Lat., Cui peccare licet peccat minus. Ipsa potestas
    Semina nequitiae languidiora facit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (III, 4, 9)

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