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Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

Author: St. Augustine (354-430)

Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that, either.

Author: Jack Benny (1894-1974)

Profession: American Comedian

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

Author: Book Of Common Prayer

Profession: Liturgy of the Anglican Church

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.

Author: Anita Brookner (1938)

Profession: British Novelist, Art Historian

In confession... we open our lives to healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are.

Author: Louis Cassels


I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.

Author: Rodney Dangerfield

Profession: American Comedian, Actor

Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.

Author: Dorothy Dix (1861-1951)

Profession: American Columnist

The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Forgiveness is always free. But that doesn't mean that confession is always easy. Sometimes it is hard. Incredibly hard. It is painful to admit our sins and entrust ourselves to God's care.

Author: Erwin W. Lutzer

Profession: American Minister

Teach thy tongue to say I do not know and thou shalt progress.

Author: Maimonides (1135-1204)

Profession: Spanish-born Jewish Philosopher

There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said.

Author: Joni Mitchell

Profession: Canadian Folk Singer

The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own -- the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple -- a few plain words -- ''My Heart Laid Bare.'' But -- this little book must be true to its title.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer