„The sinner is at the heart of Christianity. No one is as competent as the sinner in matters of Christianity. No one, except a saint.“

"Un Nouveau théologien" (1911)
Basic Verities, Prose and Poetry (1943)

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„The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Eine Frau ohne Bedeutung

Lord Illingworth http://books.google.com/books?id=RHkWAAAAYAAJ&q="The+only+difference+between+the+saint+and+the+sinner+is+that+every+saint+has+a+past+and+every+sinner+has+a+future"&pg=PA119#v=onepage, Act III
A Woman of No Importance (1893)

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„One is a saint or one is not; every man can choose the career that suits him; but to be saint and sinner at the same time requires singular ingenuity.“

—  Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918

Quelle: Esther: A Novel (1884), Ch. IV

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„I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun.“

—  Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949

Variante: I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

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„There's no sinner like a young saint.“

—  Aphra Behn, The Rover

The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii.

„A saint is a sinner who loves; it's that simple!“

—  Catherine Doherty Religious order founder; Servant of God 1896 - 1985

Attributed to Catherine Doherty in Inflamed by Love by Jean Fox
Attributed

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„Saint, n. A dead sinner, revised and edited.“

—  Ambrose Bierce, buch Des Teufels Wörterbuch

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)

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„There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430

This is sometimes attributed to Augustine, but the earliest known occurrence is in Persian Rosary (c. 1929) by Ahmad Sohrab (PDF) http://magshare.net/narchive/NArchive/Misc/Raw_Data/A_Persian_Rosary_by_Mirza_Ahmad_Sohrab.pdf, which probably originates as a paraphrase of a statement in Oscar Wilde's 1893 play A Woman of No Importance: "The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."
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„Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.“

—  Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930

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„I was never fit to say a word to a sinner, except when I had a broken heart myself.“

—  Edward Payson American religious leader 1783 - 1827

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 579.

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„The sinner's ego is crude
that of the saint refined,
distilled. Careful! It may
be more poisonous!“

—  Frederick Franck Dutch painter 1909 - 2006

Quelle: Echoes from the Bottomless Well (1985), p. 21

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„Never is a man or a deed wholly Samsara or wholly Nirvana; never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner.“

—  Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962

Siddhartha (1922)
Kontext: Everything that is thought and expressed in words is one-sided, only half the truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity. When the Illustrious Buddha taught about the world, he had to divide it into Samsara and Nirvana, illusion and truth, into suffering and salvation. One cannot do otherwise, there is no other method for those who teach. But the world itself, being in and around us, is never one-sided. Never is a man or a deed wholly Samsara or wholly Nirvana; never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner. This only seems so because we suffer the illusion that time is something real.

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