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Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner.
ERIC HOFFER
Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.
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Patience of a saint. The mind of a sinner.
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I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
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Born a saint, die a sinner -- born a sinner, die a saint.
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You must save what you can of your life; you musn't lose it all simply because you've lost a part.
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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. -Eric Hoffer.
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One breath as a saint is better than an eternal life as a sinner
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Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.
AMBROSE BIERCE
Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited.
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An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
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The mercies of God make a sinner proud, but a saint humble.
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I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
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Would she could make of me a saint,Or I of her a sinner.
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Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
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Men who ape the saint and play the sinner.
UNKNOWN
The greater the sinner, the greater the saint
ENGLISH PROVERB
Never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner.
HERMANN HESSE
Every saint had a past, Every sinner has a future.
JOHN ALEXANDER TRISTRAM
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
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God knows I'm no saint, but I don't think I'm more of a sinner than any other man.
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I don't know if I have a favorite color.
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It's very special having a new little girl.
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SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited.
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An industrious sinner I much prefer to a lazy saint.
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Saint, noun. A dead sinner revised and edited.
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There is no sinner like a young saint.
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Ambos dijeron que tomara asiento y parecían hablar en serio, así que me senté.
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Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
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A fat stomach never breeds fine thoughts.
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Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
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True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.
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Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price.
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I am that prodigal son who wasted all the portion entrusted to me by my father. But I have not yet f...
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Beauty when unadorned is adorned the most.
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Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
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The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
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They talk like angels but they live like men.
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Virginity can be lost by a thought.
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ERIC HOFFER
In man's life, the absence of an essential component usually leads to the adoption of a substitute. ...
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Those of little faith are of little hatred.
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Whoever originated the cliche that money is the root of all evil knew hardly anything about the natu...
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Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in s...
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Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others
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In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equippe...
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Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possib...
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It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
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It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites --opposi...
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No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need p...
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The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in th...
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There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
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What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?
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Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing...
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Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like ...
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We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and con...
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Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of a...
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Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the...
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The pre-human creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious vic...
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Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And w...
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There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
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