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Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis,
by Max Muller

Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis,
and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust?
- Max Muller

Not far from our house, and opposite the old church with the golden cross,
stood a large building, even larger than the church,
and having many towers.
- Max Muller

Soon the child learns that there are strangers,
and ceases to be a child.
- Max Muller

It smote me to the heart that I had found no one in
all the world who loved me more than all others.
- Max Muller

 

I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time.
- Max Muller

While the river of life glides along smoothly,
it remains the same river; only the landscape on either bank seems to change.
- Max Muller

And then when all around grows dark,
when we feel utterly alone,
when all men right and left pass us by and know us not,
a forgotten feeling rises in the breast.
- Max Muller

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The spring of love becomes hidden and soon filled up.
- Max Muller

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,
and man cannot live without love.
- Max Muller

Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries;
but who can tell or who can explain them!
- Max Muller

I spend my happiest hours in reading Vedantic books.
They are to me like the light of the morning,
like the pure air of the mountains -
so simple,
so true, if once understood.
- Max Muller

Of these years nought remains in memory but the sad
feeling that we have advanced and only grown older.
- Max Muller

That is the returning to God which in reality is never
concluded on earth but yet leaves behind in the soul a divine home sickness,
which never again ceases.
- Max Muller

Every life has its years in which one progresses as
on a tedious and dusty street of poplars,
without caring to know where he is.
- Max Muller

The first pages of memory are like the old family Bible.
The first leaves are wholly faded and somewhat soiled with handling.
But, when we turn further, and come to the chapters
where Adam and Eve were banished from Paradise,
then, all begins to grow clear and legible.
- Max Muller

Thus one memory follows another until the waves dash together over our heads,
and a deep sigh swells the breast, which warns us that
we have forgotten to breathe in the midst of these pure thoughts.
- Max Muller

Whoever knows it also knows that in love there is no More and no Less;
but that he who loves can only love with the whole heart,
and with the whole soul; with all his strength and with all his will.
- Max Muller

I was so astonished that another had penetrated so
deeply into the secrets of my soul,
and that he knew what I did not know myself,
that when I recovered from it he had already been long upon the street.
- Max Muller

I was shortly again at the castle, and the Princess
gave me her hand to kiss and then brought her children,
the young princes and princesses, and we played together,
as if we had known each other for years.
- Max Muller

Yes, now I understood for the first time that my soul
was not so poor and empty as it had seemed to me,
and that it had been only the sun that was lacking to open all its germs,
and buds to the light.
- Max Muller

What is emitted from the divine, though it be only
like the reflection from the fire,
still has the divine reality in itself,
and one might almost ask what were the fire without glow,
the sun without light, or the Creator without the creature?
- Max Muller

How mankind defers from day to day the best it can do,
and the most beautiful things it can enjoy,
without thinking that every day may be the last one,
and that lost time is lost eternity!
- Max Muller

Would not the child's heart break in despair when the
first cold storm of the world sweeps over it,
if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother
and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection
of divine light and love?
- Max Muller

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- Exodus 20:17

Change is the only constant.
Hanging on is the only sin.
- Denise McCluggage

Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin,
would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo:
"Then why did you tell me?"
- Annie Dillard

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have
faith and rejoice in Christ.
- Martin Luther

If you are going to sin, sin against God,
not the bureaucracy.
God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.
- Hyman Rickover

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty,
even one's own even more, one's own,
for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Being seventy is not a sin.
- Golda Meir

Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
- Ambrose Bierce

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for;
as for me,
I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
- H. L. Mencken

He who is completely sanctified, or cleansed from all sin,
and dies in this state, is fit for glory.
- Adam Clarke

After the first blush of sin, comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is,
of course, living in a state of sin.
- John von Neumann

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
- John Ruskin

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

Every sin is the result of collaboration.
- Stephen Crane

My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King
and Country and I am envious only of glory;
for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive.
- Horatio Nelson

It is bad for a young man to sin; but it is worse for an old man to sin.
- Abu Bakr

I don't think that sin and pursuing happiness are not
necessarily the same thing.
- Dan Savage

The only sin is mediocrity.
- Martha Graham

And yet, you do not throw out some of the great minds of the Church -
and people in Church history -
and say they have no credibility because they committed a sin or made a mistake.
- Walter Martin

The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that
without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
- James A. Garfield

Vanity is my favourite sin.
- Al Pacino

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to
take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
- Barbara Tuchman

The worst sin that can be committed against the artist
is to take him at his word,
to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon.
- Henry Miller

Sin is geographical.
- Bertrand Russell

In art, the obvious is a sin.
- Edward Dmytryk

Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
- Abraham Cowley

It is a sin to be poor.
- Charles Fillmore

It is a major sin to break a contract,
especially in military situations.
- John Walker Lindh

Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin.
- Mary Baker Eddy

An original something, dear maid, you would wish me to write;
but how shall I begin? For I'm sure I have not original in me,
Excepting Original Sin.
- Thomas Campbell

To say of shame - what is it? Of virtue -
we can miss it; Of sin-we can kiss it,
And it's no longer sin.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne

Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it,
espouses it.
- Georges Bernanos

It is impossible to repent of love.
The sin of love does not exist.
- Muriel Spark

He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it,
is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil.
- Thomas Fuller

Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Really to sin you have to be serious about it.
- Henrik Ibsen

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin:
impatience.
Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise,
because of impatience we cannot return.
- W. H. Auden

There's no such thing as an original sin.
- Elvis Costello

If you call attention to yourself at the expense of the song,
that's the cardinal sin.
- Benmont Tench

To those whose God is honor; only disgrace is a sin.
- David Hare

There is no sin but ignorance.
- Christopher Marlowe

I was told I had an overabundance of original sin.
- Susan Sarandon


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