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It should console us for the fact that sin has not totally disappeared from the world, that the saints are not wholly deprived of employment.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Any cloth may cover our sores, but the finest silk will not cover our sins.
      - Henry Smith

A great sin is a course of wickedness abridged into one act.
      - Bishop Robert South

Every single gross act of sin is much the same thing to the conscience that a great blow or fall is to the head; it stuns and bereaves it of all use of its senses for a time.
      - Bishop Robert South

It is not the back, but the heart, that must bleed for sin.
      - Bishop Robert South

Sin is the fruitful parent of distempers, and ill lives occasion good physicians.
      - Bishop Robert South

Sin is the only thing in the world which never had an infancy, that knew no minority.
      - Bishop Robert South

There is a vast difference between sins of infirmity and those of presumption, as vast as between inadvertency and deliberation.
      - Bishop Robert South

There is no harder work in the world than sin.
      - Bishop Robert South

Never let any man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.
      - Robert Southey

Some voluntary castaways there will always be, whom no fostering kindness and no parental care can preserve from self-destruction; but if any are lost for want of care and culture, there is a sin of omission in the society to which they belong.
      - Robert Southey

They say sin touches not a man so near
  As shame a woman; yet he too should be
    Part of the penance, being more deep than she
      Set in the sin.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        Tristram of Lyonesse--Sailing of the Swallow
         (l. 360)

The knowledge of my sin
  Is half-repentance.
      - Bayard Taylor

No sin is small. It is a sin against an infinite God, and may have consequences immeasurable. No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch.
      - Jeremy Taylor

To abstain from sin when a man cannot sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
      - Jeremy Taylor, Works (vol. VII, p. 206),
        (Eden's ed.)

You cannot stay the shell in its flight; after it has left the mortar, it goes on to its mark, and there explodes, dealing destruction all around. Just as little can you stay the consequences of a sin after it has been committed. You may repent of it, you may even be forgiven for it, but still it goes on its deadly and desolating way. It has passed entirely beyond your reach; once done, it cannot be undone.
      - William Mackergo Taylor

Don't let your sins turn into bad habits.
      - Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) (Saint Theresa)

The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

When thou art preparing to commit a sin, think not that thou wilt conceal it; there is a God that forbids crimes to be hidden.
  [Lat., Nec tibi celandi spes sit peccare paranti;
    Est deus, occultos spes qui vetat esse dolos.]
      - Albius Tibullus, Carmina (I, 9, 23)

Sin may be clasped so close, we cannot see its face.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

Men scanning the surface count the wicked happy; they see not the frightful dreams that crowd a bad man's pillow.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Suffer anything from man, rather than sin against God.
      - Sir Henry Vane, the Younger

All sins are attempts to fill voids.
      - Simone Weil

Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Earnest toil and strong endeavour
  Of a spirit which within
    Wrestles with familiar evil
      And besetting sin.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

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