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Saints And Sinners Quotes


"Saints need sinners." - Alan Watts

"All saints have past and all sinners have a future." - Anton Chekhov

"There'd be a lot less scandal if people didn't idealize sin and pose as sinners." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The only thing different between sinners and saints is one is forgiven and the other ain't." - George Jones

"It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Saints are sinners who kept on going." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Saints are only sinners who keep trying." - Mother Teresa

"Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, even persecutors, the worst of sinners: his righteousness is sufficient for them; his Spirit is able to purify and change their hearts." - George Whitefield

"Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are sinners." - Peter Kreeft

"What is inevitable is not death but change. Change is the only abiding reality. The metaverse evolves, fractally and forever. Saints become sinners, sinners become saints. Dust becomes men, men become gods, gods become dust." - Robert Charles Wilson

"The Roman Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone - for respectable people, the Anglican Church will do." - Oscar Wilde

"The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future." - Oscar Wilde

"The prayers of God's saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Love makes saints or sinners out of men." - Nora Roberts

"The saints are the sinners who keep on trying." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Saints never suffer as the sinners do." - Ezra Taft Benson

"Make account that thou hast done nothing, and then thou hast done all. For if, being sinners, when we account ourselves to be what we are, we become righteous, as indeed the Publican did; how much more, when being righteous we account ourselves to be sinners." - Saint John Chrysostom

"Having spent time around "sinners" and also around purported saints, I have a hunch why Jesus spent so much time with the former group: I think he preferred their company. Because the sinners were honest about themselves and had no pretense, Jesus could deal with them. In contrast, the saints put on airs, judged him, and sought to catch him in a moral trap. In the end it was the saints, not the sinners, who arrested Jesus." - Philip Yancey

"The thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinners as saints in progress." - Francis Frangipane

"Sinners often speak the truth. And saints have led people astray. Examine what is said, not the one who says it." - Anthony De Mello

"Except the Christ be born again tonight In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame, The world will never see his kingdom bright." - Vachel Lindsay

"Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"That man is the most immortal who has done the most and the best praying. They are God heroes, God's saints, God's servants, God's vicegerents." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints - the sinners are much more fun." - Billy Joel

"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for." - Charles Spurgeon

"There have been household gods and household saints and household fairies. I am not sure that there have yet been any factory gods or factory saints or factory fairies. I may be wrong, as I am no commericial expert, but I have not heard of them as yet." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Death does not discriminate; whether saints or sinners, in the end, all are equal." - Tess Gerritsen

"Church is not a museum for Saints, but rather a hospital for sinners." - Ann Landers

"The church is not a museum for pristine saints, but a hospital ward for broken sinners." - Timothy Keller

"The minister's task is not to coddle the saints but to collar the sinners." - Hugh Price Hughes

"A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints." - Abigail Van Buren

"A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints." - Pauline Phillips

"The true Church is born from above. In it there are no sinners, and outside of it no saints. No man can put another's name on its member's roll; and no man can cross another's name off that roll." - Leonard Ravenhill

"The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall." - Mary Douglas

"Give me great sinners to make great saints! They are glorious raw material for Grace to work upon and when you do get them saved, they will shake the very gates of Hell!" - Charles Spurgeon

"The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"We cannot escape the conclusion that because of performance in the pre-existence some of us are born as Chinese, some as Japanese, some as Indians, some as Negroes, some as Americans, some as Latter-day Saints. These are rewards and punishments, fully in harmony with His established policy in dealing with sinners and saints, rewarding all according to their deeds" - Mark E. Petersen

"The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home-a moment will bring us there." - Charles Spurgeon

"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men." - Oswald Chambers

"Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God." - David Jeremiah

"Great saints have often been made out of great sinners, but not one was ever made out of a wimp." - Peter Kreeft

"Every Christian should find for himself the imperative and incentive to become holy. If you live without struggle and without hope of becoming holy, then you are Christians only in name and not in essence. But without holiness, no one shall see the Lord, that is to say they will not attain eternal blessedness. It is a trustworthy saying that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (I Tim. 1:15). But we deceive ourselves if we think that we are saved while remaining sinners. Christ saves those sinners by giving them the means to become saints." - Patriarch Philaret of Moscow

"Jan'nah and Jahannum will both contain sinners, but Jan'nah will have sinners who repented" - Boonaa Mohammed

"Sinners live in a sort of hell, and saints imagine themselves in a sort of heaven. And the sage? - for him it is moksha, for him it is the absolute freedom. He is freed from all duality. The secret key, and the only key, is awareness." - Rajneesh

"Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters - the saints and the sinners, real or imagined - reading shows you how to be a better human being." - Donalyn Miller

"Saints, it has been said, are the sinners who go on trying. So free men and women are the oppressed who go on trying and who in the process make themselves fit to bear the responsibilities and uphold the disciplines which will maintain a free society." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"In the books I read the sinners are always more interesting than the saints, and in real life good people are dismally dull. I've no desire to be wicked, but I do want to be happy. A short life and a gay one for me and I'm willing to pay for my pleasure if it is necessary." - Louisa May Alcott

"Oh come, please come, to the Poor Mouth Fair Where the Saints kneel round in their underwear And say out prayers that most need saying For needful sinners who've forgotten praying; And in every alcove and niche you spy The living dead who envy the long since gone Who never wished to die." - Ray Bradbury

"We have received too much from God to allow ourselves opportunities for unbelief. We have received too many gifts and privileges to allow a grumbling, murmuring heart to disqualify us of our destiny. In contrast, the thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinners as saints in progress." - Francis Frangipane

"No one is innocent in the tide of history. Everyone has kings and slaves in his past. Everyone has saints and sinners. We are not to blame for the actions of our ancestors. We can only try to be the best we can, no matter what our heritage, to strive for a better future for all." - Diana Peterfreund

"The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil. The Master doesn't take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners. The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center." - Laozi

"I try to keep in mind Oscar Wilde's comment that "saints always have a past and sinners always have a future," so no investment should be ruled out simply on the basis of past history. We focus on liquidation analysis and liquidation analysis alone." - Peter Cundill

"Like Andy Warhol and unlike God Almighty, Larry King does not presume to judge; all celebrities are equal in his eyes, saints and sinners alike sharing the same 'Love Boat' voyage into the dark beyond, a former sitcom star as deserving of pious send-off as Princess Diana." - James Wolcott

"Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery." - Spencer W. Kimball

"Just as the results of inebriety are most painful to the habitually sober, and just as the greatest saints have often been the greatest sinners, so, when the first class brain does something stupid, the stupidity of that occasion is colossal." - Stanley Baldwin

"I would to God that saints would cling to Christ half as earnestly as sinners cling to the devil. If we were as willing to suffer for God as some are to suffer for their lusts, what perseverance and zeal would be seen on all sides!" - Charles Spurgeon

"Thus united to them in the fellowship of life, he will both understand the things revealed to them by God and, thenceforth escaping the peril that threatens sinners in the judgment, will receive that which is laid up for the saints in the kingdom of heaven." - Athanasius of Alexandria

"Who hated sin more than the saints? But they did not hate the sinners at the same time, nor condemn them, nor turn away from them. But they suffered with them, admonished them, comforted them. gave them remedies as sickly members, and did all they could to heal them." - Dorotheus of Gaza

"Thus united to them in the fellowship of life, he will both understand the things revealed to them by God and, thenceforth escaping the peril that threatens sinners in the judgment, will receive that which is laid up for the saints in the kingdom of heaven." - Athanasius

"When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God." - John of Kronstadt

"How many honest men do you know? Take the sinners away from the saints, you're lucky to end up with Abraham Lincoln." - Paul Newman

"As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints." - Charles Caleb Colton

"The greatest work God ever performs was not the creation of the universe out of nothing, but is the new creation of saints out of sinners." - Steven J Lawson

"Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for favoured sinners slain; Thousand thousand Saints attending Swell the triumph of His train." - Charles Wesley

"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." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Many Christians still at bottom look upon God as one of the most selfish, self-absorbed Beings in the universe, far more selfish than they could think it right to be themselves, -intent only upon His own honor and glory, looking out continually that His own rights are never trampled on; and so absorbed in thoughts of Himself and of His own righteousness, as to have no love or pity to spare for the poor sinners who have offended Him." - Hannah Whitall Smith

"In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed; In war, he mounts the warrior's steed; In halls, in gay attire is seen; In hamlets, dances on the green. Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above; For love is heaven, and heaven is love." - Walter Scott

"Let us be banded together as one man; let us contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints; let us pray with fervour, let us live in holiness, let us preach constantly, and preach with fire, and let us so live, that we may impress our age, and leave our footprints on the sands of time." - Charles Spurgeon

"Free-will doctrine-what does it? It magnifies man into God. It declares God's purposes a nullity, since they cannot be carried out unless men are willing. It makes God's will a waiting servant to the will of man, and the whole covenant of grace dependent on human action. Denying election on the ground of injustice, it holds God to be a debtor to sinners." - Charles Spurgeon

"His great act of condescension in becoming man and His willingness to be completely humiliated in the death on the cross is set before us here as the supreme example of what our attitude should be. If Jesus Christ the Lord of glory was willing to be obedient unto death, how much more should sinners saved by grace who owe everything to God give back to the God who saved them the life which He has redeemed." - John F Walvoord

"Saints make wonderful grandfathers and lousy husbands." - Pat Conroy

"Peace on earth, and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled." - Charles Wesley

"Society is composed of slow Christians and wide-awake sinners." - Josh Billings

"But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice, and suspected even of horrid crimes. It was strange to see that the good shrank not from the wicked, nor were the sinners abashed by the saints." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"When a man really believes that it is necessary to do a certain thing to be happy forever, or that a certain belief is necessary to ensure eternal joy, there is in that man no spirit of concession. He divides the whole world into saints and sinners, into believers and unbelievers, into God's sheep and Devil's goats, into people who will be glorified and people who are damned." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"God's ways do not change... Still he shows his freedom and lordship by discriminating between sinners, causing some to hear the gospel while others do not hear it, and moving some of those who hear it to repentance while leaving others in their unbelief, thus teaching his saints that hew owes mercy to none and that it is entirely of his grace, not at all through their own effort, that they themselves have found life." - J I Packer

"It appears to me that it [sin] is simply an attempt to penetrate into another and higher sphere in a forbidden manner. You can understand why it is so rare. There are few, indeed, who wish to penetrate into other spheres, higher or lower, in ways allowed or forbidden. Men, in the mass, are amply content with life as they find it. Therefore there are few saints, and sinners (in the proper sense) are fewer still." - Arthur Machen

"The saints are sinners still. Our best tears need to be wept over, the strongest faith is mixed with unbelief, our most flaming love is cold compared with what Jesus deserves, and our intensest zeal still lacks the full fervor which the bleeding wounds and pierced heart of the crucified might claim at our hands. Our best things need a sin offering, or they would condemn us." - Charles Spurgeon

"A characteristic of those who are still progressing in blessed mourning is temperance and silence of the lips; and of those who have made progress - freedom from anger and patient endurance of injuries; and of the perfect - humility, thirst for dishonors, voluntary craving for involuntary afflictions, non- condemnation of sinners, compassion even beyond one's strength. The first are acceptable, the second laudable; but blessed are those who hunger for hardship and thirst for dishonor, for they shall be filled with the food whereof there can be no satiety." - John Climacus

"In the matter of fellowship God looks not at how much we apprehend of His will but rather at what our attitude towards His will is. If we honestly seek and wholeheartedly obey His desires, our fellowship remains unbroken, even though there should be many unknown sins in us. Should fellowship be determined by the holiness of God, who among all the most holy saints in the past and the present would be qualified to hold a moment's perfect communion with Him?" - Watchman Nee

"I trust there are none here present, who profess to be followers of Christ who do not also practice prayer in their families. We may have no positive commandment for it, but we believe that it is so much in accord with the genius and spirit of the gospel, and that it is so commended by the example of the saints, that the neglect thereof is a strange inconsistency." - Charles Spurgeon

"One of the most subtle burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He reveals things in order that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them. It is not that we bring God into touch with our minds, but that we rouse ourselves until God is able to convey His mind to us about the one for whom we intercede." - Oswald Chambers

"Jesus loves sinners. He only loves sinners. He has never turned anyone away who came to Him for forgiveness, and He died on the cross for sinners, not for respectable people." - Corrie Ten Boom

"Only saints can save the world. And only our own sins can stop us from being saints." - Peter Kreeft

"As Christ bore and received us as sinners so we in his fellowship may bear and receive sinners into the fellowship of Christ through the forgiving of sins." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous." - Blaise Pascal

"Fashion makes fools of some, sinners of others, and slaves of all." - Josh Billings

"The chief end for which Christ lived and died: To provide eternal redemption for sinners." - J C Ryle

"The devil does not tempt unbelievers and sinners who are already his own." - Thomas A Kempis

"Only the worm of conscience consorts with the owl. Sinners and evil spirits shun the light." - Friedrich Schiller

"Some laborers have hard hands, and old sinners have brawny consciences." - Anne Bradstreet

"We're not lowly sinners, we're not worthless beings. We are something jewel-like and beautiful." - Tenzin Palmo

"God pity me now and all desolate sinners Demented with beauty!" - Patrick MacDonogh

"We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness" - Pope Francis

"In sinners and repenters you have the original division of labor." - Robert Breault

"Humility is an attribute of godliness possessed by true Saints. It is easy to understand why a proud man fails. He is content to rely upon himself only. This is evident in those who seek social position or who push others aside to gain position in fields of business, government, education, sports, or other endeavors. Our genuine concern should be for the success of others. The proud man shuts himself off from God, and when he does he no longer lives in the light." - Howard W. Hunter

"Only sinners need saviors." - Dan Barker

"The attitude of saints toward their possessions most assuredly signifies whether they continue to preserve their self life or whether they have consigned it to death." - Watchman Nee

"All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So let's be saints and so give glory to the Father." - Mother Teresa

"Saints have to be tough as well as tender because saints are like Christ, and Christ was the toughest and the tenderest man who ever lived." - Peter Kreeft

"Saints didn't set out to have everyone follow them. Saints set out to follow Jesus, and others followed them in their pursuit of Him." - Mark Hart

"Jesus comes for sinners, for those outcast...and those caught up in squalid choices and failed dreams." - Brennan Manning

"O Jesus and Mary, let my entire consolation in this world be to love you and to suffer for sinners." - Bernadette Soubirous

"There is a dreadful Hell, And everlasting pains; There sinners must with devils dwell In darkness, fire, and chains." - Isaac Watts

"There is a dreadful Hell, And everlasting pains; There sinners must with devils dwell In darkness, fire, and chains." - Isaac Watts

"The door of God's mercy is thrown wide open, and Christ stands in the door and says to sinners "Come."" - Jonathan Edwards

"Spartans, stoics, heroes, saints and gods use short and positive speech." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him." - Victor Hugo

"Saints and martyrs had never interested Maggie so much as sages and poets." - George Eliot

"I've played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that's probably enough for any man" - Charlton Heston

"I've played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that's probably enough for any man." - Charlton Heston

"Walking does good to the fat and giving alms does good to the sinners; these both make one feel lighter!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The preaching of Jesus Christ and him crucified on account of sinners is Gods desired way of being God." - Gerhard

"The Inquisition confused sin with sinners and judged both. Modern Americans make the same mistake but judge neither." - Peter Kreeft

"Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners." - Miroslav Volf

"Because of the Cross, God can be both just towards sin and yet mercifully justifying to sinners." - Timothy Keller

"DELUGE, n. A notable first experiment in baptism which washed away the sins (and sinners) of the world." - Ambrose Bierce

"Sinners, hear and consider, if you wilfully condemn your souls to bestiality, God will condemn them to perpetual misery." - Richard Baxter

"The best of men are only men at their very best. Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, - martyrs, fathers, reformers, puritans, - all are sinners, who need a Savior: holy, useful, honorable in their place - but sinners after all." - J C Ryle

"Since man's natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners; and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Jesus first of all, loves His Father in heaven and would never compromise the message that sinners must be delivered or be damned. That is the reason Jesus came to earth-to save sinners." - Kirk Cameron

"Philanthropic and religious bodies do not commonly make their executive officers out of saints." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"From silly devotions and from sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us." - Teresa of Avila

"The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones." - Nathanael Howe

"Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering and self-mastery." - Spencer W. Kimball

"It is in our darkest cultures that the greatest saints rise, stand, and lead." - Mark Hart

"The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones." - Nathaniel Howe

"Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend, And round his dwelling guardian saints attend." - Oliver Goldsmith

"For zeal's a dreadful termagant, That teaches saints to tear and cant." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Ah, savage company; but in the church With saints, and in the taverns with the gluttons." - Dante Alighieri

"Our Lord and the saints accomplished more by suffering than by acting." - Vincent de Paul

"The mark of one who loves God and saints is sacrifice." - Dada Vaswani

"Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend, And round his dwelling guardian saints attend." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Love is apt to make lunatics of even men and saints." - Louisa May Alcott

"Saints are the great teachers of the loving-kindness and fascination with God." - Evelyn Underhill

"Art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"The devil is but a whetstone to sharpen the faith and patience of the saints.-" - Samuel Rutherford

"And entreating his exalted weight, Under the stars, saints he planted." - Taliesin

"The saints' deep secret is this: do not seek freedom, and freedom will be given you." - Tito Colliander

"While people will cheer on the spectacle we've made I'm sitting and sculpting menageries of saints." - St Vincent

"The religion of nonviolence is not meant merely for therishis and saints." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Charisma is a sign of the calling. Saints and pilgrims are defiantly moved by it." - B. W. Powe

"The mark of one who loves God and saints is sacrifice." - Sadhu Vaswani

"I hold communications with saints and angels, even with satan himself." - Elizabeth Barton

"The Heavenly City already exists and the departed Saints are already there!" - David Berg

"The compassion of Christ inclines Him to save sinners, - the power of Christ enables Him to save sinners, - and the promise of Christ binds Him to save sinners. A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, On Thy kind arms I fall; Be Thou my Strength and Righteousness, My Saviour and my All." - Isaac Watts

"The vicar, whose name is Reverend Waite, leads us in prayers that all begin with 'O Lord' and end with our somehow not being worthy-sinners who have always been sinners and will forever more be sinners until we die. It isn't the most optimistic outlook I've ever heard but we're encouraged to keep trying anyway." - Libba Bray

"Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals." - Stephen Colbert

"Saints are described as fearing the name of God; they are reverent worshippers; they stand in awe of the Lord's authority; they are afraid of offending Him; they feel their own nothingness in the sight of the Infinite One." - Charles Spurgeon

"Saints are what they are not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everyone else." - Thomas Merton



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