Saintliness is also a temptation.
Author: Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)
Profession: French Playwright
Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
People who are born even-tempered, placid and untroubled -- secure from violent passions or temptations to evil -- those who have never needed to struggle all night with the Angel to emerge lame but victorious at dawn, never become great saints.
Author: Eva Le Gallienne
Born a saint, die a sinner -- born a sinner, die a saint.
Author: Doug Horton
A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement -- in a word, with more renunciation than you care for -- and so you flee the contagion.
Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer
We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. ''I will be a saint'' means I will despoil myself of all that is not God; I will strip my heart of all created things; I will live in poverty and detachment; I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.
Author: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
Profession: Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary
Your mock saint who stands in a niche is not a woman if she have not suffered, still less a woman if she have not sinned. Fall at the feet of your idol as you wish, but drag her down to your level after that -- the only level she should ever reach, that of your heart.
Author: Baroness Orczy (1865-1947)
Profession: Hungarian-born British Novelist, Playwright
Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.
Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)
Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)
Profession: American Philosopher, Poet
What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic.
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
Profession: American Novelist, Antislavery Campaigner
Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
Saints are simply men and women who have fulfilled their natural obligation which is to approach God.
Author: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)
Profession: British Novelist
It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit