"If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life."
(Albert Camus / 1913-1960 / The Myth of Sisyphus)
"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?"
(Jules Feiffer / born in 1929)
"The different religions have never overlooked the part played by the sense of guilt in civilization. What is more, they come forward with a claim...to save mankind from this sense of guilt, which they call sin."
(Sigmund Freud / 1856-1939 / Civilization and its Discontents / 1931)
"Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful."
(Martin Luther / 1483-1546)
"Evil: That which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake"
(Henry Louis Mencken / 1880-1956)
"The faults of which we ask you [God] the remittance, it is you who make us commit them; the traps of which we implore you to deliver us, it is you who has set them for us; and the Satan which surrounds us, this Satan, it is you."
(Pierre-Joseph Proudhon / 1809-1865 / System of Economical Contradictions)
"It is odd that neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point. At what point sin begins is a matter as to which casuists differ. One eminently orthodox Catholic divine laid it down that a confessor may fondle a nun's breasts, provided he does it without evil intent. But I doubt whether modern authorities would agree with him on this point."
(Bertrand Russell / 1872-1970)
"There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular one is Providence."
(Mark Twain / 1835-1910 / Notebook / 1898)
"Whatever the natural cause, sin is the true cause of all earthquakes."
(John Wesley, English evangelist / 1703-1791)
"God is not without sins: He created the world."