Quotes — Sin (25 entries)

An excuse is worse…

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.

— Pope John Paul II [via]

« πλ | 29 Jul 2006 »

Bound to bear patiently…

Everyone is bound to bear patiently the results of his own behavior.

— Phaedrus [via]

« πλ | 3 Aug 2006 »

Degrade my soul by…

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

— Booker T. Washington

« πλ | 17 Oct 2004 »

Distinguish anger from hatred…

This is the reason why it is crucial to distinguish anger from hatred. There is a kind of anger (nonsinful kind) which…is in God himself, while hate is not in God but is in Satan. If we do not clearly distinguish anger from hatred, then we do not clearly distinguish God from Satan!

— Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

« πλ | 2 Oct 2004 »

Envy is the only sin that…

Envy, though not the greatest sin, is the only one that gives the sinner no pleasure at all, not even fake and temporary satisfaction.

— Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

« πλ | 3 Oct 2004 »

Fallen man is not…

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor—that is the only way out of a “hole.” This process of surrender—this movement full speed astern—is repentance.

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | 16 Feb 2005 »


Without that freedom to sin there is also no freedom to love.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 12 Mar 2006 »

In every sin…

In every sin, we choose to believe the devil’s lie rather than God’s truth.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 24 Mar 2006 »

In my unloveliness…

In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all.

— St. Augustine [via]

« πλ | 30 Nov 2005 »

Love can…

Love can wait to give;
lust can’t wait to get.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 9 Oct 2005 »

No emotion is a sin…

No emotion, merely as an emotion, is a sin, because we cannot directly control the arising of an emotion in our soul.

— Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

It depends on how you act on that emotion that makes it a sin or not.

« πλ | 1 Oct 2004 »

Sin always substitutes…

We are insane. That is what sin is. Sanctity is identitical with sanity. It means living the truth, living in reality. Sin always substitutes unreality for reality.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 8 Apr 2006 »

Sin comes from…

Sin comes from not realizing God’s love. Sin comes from thinking ourselves only as sinners, while overcoming sin comes from thinking ourselves as overcomers. We act our our perceived identities.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 6 Apr 2006 »

Sin has made us stupid…

Sin has made us stupid, so that we can only learn the hard way.

— Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

« πλ | 13 Jan 2006 »

Sin is the executioner of…

Sin is the executioner of the good God, and the assassin of the soul. It snatches us away from Heaven to precipitate us into Hell. And we love it!

— St. John Vianney [via]

« πλ | 11 May 2006 »

Something other than a lover…

When we believe that God is something other than a lover, it is inevitable that we will sin.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 22 Mar 2006 »

The fear of loss is…

The fear of loss is a path to the dark side. … Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

— Yoda, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

And yet, still love and give of yourself…

« πλ | 4 Jul 2005 »

The gift Satan is the most jealous of…

I believe that the Gift God gives us to partake in the creation of life along with Him as the Great Creator is the gift Satan is the most jealous of. If not the only thing he is jealous of. [Satan] has, afterall, used it as a tool against us. He has whispered into the ears of millions and perverted the concept of sex.


« πλ | 6 Apr 2005 »

The hardness of the human heart…

If there had been any other way to break the hardness of the human heart other than the death of God Himself, God would have used it. …The hardness of the human heart sets diamond to shame.

Steven Riddle

« πλ | 31 May 2005 »

The more self is indulged…

The more self is indulged, the more it demands.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 8 Mar 2005 »

The more we realize we are loved…

The more we realize we are loved, the more ashamed we are not to love back. The more we sin as a violation of love, not just of law, the more powerful a motive we will have to overcome it. For sin is attractive to us (otherwise we would never be attracted to it) and can be cast out only by something more attractive.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 7 Apr 2006 »

The proclivity to say…

Original sin is the proclivity to say “my will be done” instead of “thy will be done.”

— Peter Kreeft

« πλ | 3 Feb 2006 »

The web of our life is…

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill, together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.

— William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well [via]

« πλ | 21 May 2006 »

We modern egalitarians…

We modern egalitarians are tempted to the primal sin of pride in the opposite way from the ancients. The old, aristocratic form of pride was the desire to be better than others. The new, democratic form is the desire not to have anyone better than yourself. It is just as spiritually deadly and does not even carry with it the false pleasure of gloating superiority.

— Peter Kreeft, “Fourteen Questions About Heaven”

« πλ | 24 Sep 2006 »

Wraith is how His love appears…

God is love. Wraith is how His love appears to us when we sin or rebel or run away from Him. The very light that is meant to help us appears to us as our enemy when we seek the darkness.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 15 Mar 2006 »