Sin

Greed is the root of all sin.

Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin.

A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission.

Through every mortal sin which is contrary to God’s commandments, an obstacle is placed to the outpouring of charity, since from the very fact that a man chooses to prefer sin to God’s friendship, which requires that we should follow His will, it follows that the habit of charity is lost at once through one mortal sin.

The recompense of virtue is virtue, and sin, sin.

It is no sin to be tempted; the wickedness lies in being overcome.

Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin.

Sin is never at a stay; if we do not retreat from it, we shall advance in it; and the farther on we go, the more we have to come back.

Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the whole world. Use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used; kill it before it kills you; and though it brings you to the grave, as it did your head, it shall not be able to keep you there. You love not death; love not the cause of death.

All the sin that has darkened human life an saddened human history began in believing in a falsehood.

Nothing humbles and breaks the heart of a sinner like mercy and love. Souls that converse much with sin and wrath, may be much terrified; but souls that converse much with grace and mercy, will be much; humbled.

One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner.

Respectable sin is, in principle, the mother of all basest crime. Follow it to the bitter end, and there is ignominy as well as guilt eternal.

The very heart and root of sin is in an independent spirit. We erect the idol self; and not only wish others to worship, but worship ourselves.

Take away the motive, and you take away the sin.

True wisdom comes from the overcoming of suffering and sin. All true wisdom is therefore touched with sadness.

Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy. The charlatan is verbose and assumptive; the Pharisee is ostentatious, because he is a hypocrite. Pride is the master sin of the Devil; and the Devil is the father of lies.

Cruelty is perhaps the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.

Fears of sinning let in thoughts of sin.