quotations about sin
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
BIBLE, John 8:7
When we love our sin then we are damned indeed.
GRAHAM GREENE, The Power and the Glory
They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet
You don't have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while
THE KILLERS, "When You Were Young", Sam's Town
One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.
JOHN BUNYAN, The Pilgrim's Progress
Liberals and conservatives disagree over what are the most important sins. For conservatives, the sins that matter are personal irresponsibility, the flight from family life, sexual permissiveness, the failure of individuals to work hard. For liberals, the gravest sins are intolerance, a lack of generosity toward the needy, narrow-mindedness toward social and racial minorities.
E.J. DIONNE, JR., The War Against Public Life
Love the sinner and hate the sin.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Opera Omnia
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
ANDRE GIDE, The Pastoral Symphony
All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
W. H. AUDEN, "Hell", A Certain World: A Commonplace Book
Is it a small thing for sin thus to affect the whole creation? The garden of Gethsemane knows, and Calvary can tell, how sin hath affected even the great Creator. Bread of life, why wast thou hungry? Fountain of life, why wast thou thirsty? Why wast thou a man of sorrows, O thou Consolation of Israel? Thou glory of the human race, wherefore wast thou a reproach of men, and despised of the people? The visage was more marred than any man, and thy form than the sons of men. Sin nailed thee to the cross; sin stabbed thee to the heart; sin, like a thick impenetrable cloud, eclipsed thy Father's countenance to thy disconsolate soul; sin laid thee in a grave, O thou resurrection and the life!
WILLIAM MCEWEN, "On the Great Evil of Sin", Select Essays, Doctrinal & Practical on a Variety of the Most Important and Interesting Subjects in Divinity
If we don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing.
The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling.
PAULA POUNDSTONE, attributed, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Though your sins are like scarlet,
They will be made as white as snow;
Though they are as red as crimson cloth,
They will become like wool.
BIBLE, Isaiah 1:18
Counting other people's sins does not make you a saint.
There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, Young Goodman Brown
Think gently of the erring:
Oh! do not thou forget,
However darkly stained by sin
He is thy brother yet.
JULIA CARNEY, "Think Gently of the Erring"
Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.
WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack
Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful--just stupid.)
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil.
THOMAS FULLER, The Holy State and the Profane State
Sins are like circles in the water when a stone is thrown into it, one produces another. When anger was in Cain's heart, murder was not far off.
MATTHEW HENRY, The Life of the Rev. Philip Henry with Funeral Sermons for Mr. and Mrs. Henry
A sin takes on new and real terrors when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out.
MARK TWAIN, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg