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

—  Billy Joel

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

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Billy Joel
US-amerikanischer Sänger und Songschreiber 1949

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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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„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.“

—  Charles Péguy French poet, essayist, and editor 1873 - 1914

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

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

—  Aphra Behn, The Rover

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

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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

„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."
Misattributed

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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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„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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„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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„Religious minds prefer scepticism. The true saint is a profound sceptic; a total disbeliever in human reason, who has more than once joined hands on this ground with some who were at best sinners.“

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

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1904)
Kontext: In every age man has been apt to dream uneasily, rolling from side to side, beating against imaginary bars, unless tired out he has sunk into indifference or scepticism. Religious minds prefer scepticism. The true saint is a profound sceptic; a total disbeliever in human reason, who has more than once joined hands on this ground with some who were at best sinners. Bernard was a total disbeliever in scholasticism; so was Voltaire.

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„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.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

7 July 1838
1830s, The Journals of Søren Kierkegaard, 1830s
Quelle: The Journals of Kierkegaard

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