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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

Profession:

Born a saint, die a sinner -- born a sinner, die a saint.

Author: Doug Horton

Profession:

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