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A "sin" is something which is not necessary. ...
by G. I. Gurdjieff

A "sin" is something which is not necessary.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working
and functions of his machine,
man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he
will always remain a slave.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will
not give up his suffering.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

 

Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration.
A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written.
Anyone who understands can read it.
One rite often contains more than a hundred books.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

In properly organized groups no faith is required;
what is required is simply a little trust and even
that only for a little while,
for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears
the better it is for him.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it,
he "lives" his religion as much as he is able,
otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same.
A man is never the same for long.
He is continually changing.
He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being seventy is not a sin.
- Golda Meir

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

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

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

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

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

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

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection,
but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else
is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
- Thomas Aquinas

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

God had one son on earth without sin,
but never one without suffering.
- Saint Augustine

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

I learned early about the misery and dangers of life,
and about the afterlife, about the external punishment
which awaited the children of sin in Hell.
- Edvard Munch

Only the old are innocent.
That is what the Victorians understood,
and the Christians.
Original sin is a property of the young.
The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
- Malcolm Bradbury

Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin,
except to be there when he doesn't want her.
- Pope Paul VI

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
- Daniel Defoe

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

The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature,
wounded and bruised by original sin.
- Sargent Shriver

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

But my doubt would not be overcome.
Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness
of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness.
For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.
- William Gurnall

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

Some guy refuses to fight and we call that the sin,
but he's standing up for what he believes in and that
seems pretty damned American to me.
- Iris Dement

It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.
- Jose Marti

Going to the opera, like getting drunk,
is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
- Hannah More

Competition is a sin.
- John D. Rockefeller

Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is.
Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The curse of Adam and Eve that fell upon the earth
because of their sin will be lifted when Christ returns.
- Tim LaHaye

It is not enough to be delivered from sin;
it is enough to be delivered to righteousness.
- Edwin Louis Cole

You can't have virtue without sin.
What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined
by how they operate in a very sinful environment.
That's how you test people.
- Frank Miller

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

Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin,
but a virtue.
- Judith Martin

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness.
Let us lose it for a few hours.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sin is geographical.
- Bertrand Russell

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

The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Pet lovers know that animals sometimes understand us better than we do,
and the annals of human sin and desire provide plenty
of stories to drive the point home.
- Tony Snow

Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness,
than all other holes in this world put together.
- Laurence Sterne

The world's as ugly as sin, and almost as delightful.
- Frederick Locker-Lampson

We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater,
but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain
and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.
- Mary Astell

I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our
generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.
- Francis Schaeffer

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

People sometimes ask me if it is a sin in the Church of Emacs to use vi.
Using a free version of vi is not a sin;
it is a penance.
So happy hacking.
- Richard Stallman

It is the public scandal that offends;
to sin in secret is no sin at all.
- Moliere

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Edmund Burke

The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
- Lester Bangs

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty.
Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable,
distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter

You cannot be responsible for salvation until first
you've been responsible for sin.
- Edwin Louis Cole

I know what sin is.
- Brigitte Bardot

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present
a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling
and beautiful countryside.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.
This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
- Mignon McLaughlin


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