Absolution Quotes

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Aldous Huxley
“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Oscar Wilde
“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Christopher Hitchens
“I find something repulsive about the idea of vicarious redemption. I would not throw my numberless sins onto a scapegoat and expect them to pass from me; we rightly sneer at the barbaric societies that practice this unpleasantness in its literal form. There's no moral value in the vicarious gesture anyway. As Thomas Paine pointed out, you may if you wish take on a another man's debt, or even to take his place in prison. That would be self-sacrificing. But you may not assume his actual crimes as if they were your own; for one thing you did not commit them and might have died rather than do so; for another this impossible action would rob him of individual responsibility. So the whole apparatus of absolution and forgiveness strikes me as positively immoral, while the concept of revealed truth degrades the concept of free intelligence by purportedly relieving us of the hard task of working out the ethical principles for ourselves.”
Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

Kelly Moran
“Redemption was asking too much, but he could hope. Something told him he’d still be seeking absolution when he took his last breath on some distant day.”
Kelly Moran, Redemption

“Absolution is the washing away of sin. The promise of rebirth. And the chance to escape the transgressions of those who came before us. The best among us will learn from the mistakes of the past, while the rest seem doomed to repeat them. And then there are those who operate on the fringes of society, unburdened by the confines of morality and conscience. A ruthless breed of monsters whose deadliest weapon is their ability to hide in plain sight. If the people I've come to bring justice to cannot be bound by the quest for absolution, then neither will I.”
Emily Thorne

Sandra Worth
“More than any of us, she had written her own story; yet she could not wash it out with all her tears, return to her victims what she had torn from them, and by so doing, save herself...”
Sandra Worth, Lady of the Roses

Kate Summerscale
“Perhaps this is the purpose of detective investigations, real and fictional -- to transform sensation, horror and grief into a puzzle, and then to solve the puzzle, to make it go away. 'The detective story,' observed Raymond Chandler in 1949, 'is a tragedy with a happy ending.' A storybook detective starts by confronting us with a murder and ends by absolving us of it. He clears us of guilt. He relieves us of uncertainty. He removes us from the presence of death.”
Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

“How can one absolve intelligent men for engaging in arrogant and demented folly?”
C.R. Strahan

Oscar Wilde
“It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Tracie Peterson
“abruptly. “That’s the way it always is. People hurt you and walk all over you. They lie to you and betray you, and then with those two little words, they expect it should all somehow be wiped from the slate. As if I’m sorry had some sort of magical powers to take away the pain.”...I know your faith says you’re supposed to forgive people when they ask for it, but I think that’s malarkey. Why give absolution to someone when they’re only seeking forgiveness to ease their own conscience ? They don’t care that what they’ve done has permanently scarred you. They don’t care that they’ve robbed you of all security.”...When pressed for a reason for their actions or when facing the consequences, people are suddenly ever so sorry and apologetic .” She looked at Jana, but Jana was sure she didn’t see her. Her mother was a million miles away. “Consequences don’t just go away. They aren’t suddenly dissolved just because forgiveness has been desired or given.”
Tracie Peterson, What She Left for Me

Bryant McGill
“We teach best by how we live life; who we are instructs with absolute clarity.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Dean Koontz
“You are reformed, you may be a better man, but you are not a different man. How can you convince yourself of such a thing when you are so conversant with the theology of your faith? From one end of this life to the other, you carry with you all that you have done. Absolution grants you forgiveness for it, but does not expunge the past. The man you were still lives within you, repressed by the man you have struggled to become.”
Dean Koontz, Brother Odd

Justin Cronin
“Absolution is not the same as understanding.”
Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors

Spider Robinson
“There's a price for absolution on this planet, and it's called penance.”
Spider Robinson, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

Bryant McGill
“You must firmly, absolutely and ruthlessly protect your safety and sanity.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Bruce Lee Bond
“Absolution exists, call it Christian or whatever. It’s far older than any creed, and one of our blessings.”
Bruce Lee Bond, The Broken Coast

Thomas C. Oden
“The moment of confession is not merely when one hears another pronounce the words: God forgives you, or 'in God's name I absolve you.' Rather it is that point at which the sinner unfeignedly experiences himself as truly judged and pardoned by God.”
Thomas C. Oden, Corrective Love: The Power of Communion Discipline

Darrell Calkins
“Forgiveness is really about absolution: to set free. But if you look carefully at the dynamic, the one you’re setting free is yourself.”
Darrell Calkins

Danielle James
“The sum of a person's life is not determined by one action. It is what you do with the time you are given that matters.”
Danielle James, Absolution

Carlyle Labuschagne
“© Carlyle Labuschagne 2014
" As I watched her run down the path and melt with the shadows, I wasn't sure how to feel about her, or the fact that I may just have aided in her escape and doomed us all. I wanted to believe that anyone given a second chance would use it wisely. But wisdom I guess is hard to obtain when destiny stands in its way.”
Carlyle Labuschagne, Absolution

Jeremias Gotthelf
“All had suddenly lost their taste for vainglory and pride, they consigned these vices to the lowest circle of hell and would scarcely have believed even God had He assured them that just days before they themselves had ignominiously flaunted them; they were pious once more, wearing their meanest clothes and holding their old, despised rosaries in their hands, altogether convinced that they had always been like this, and if God Himself was not convinced, it was not for their want of trying.”
Jeremias Gotthelf, Die schwarze Spinne

Bryant McGill
“Pause your opinions, debating and absolute knowing for long enough to conceive gratitude.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

“The idea that sins can be forgiven is at the root of mankind's problems. Everyone pays...sooner or later.”
Sola Kosoko

“To maintain an ignorance of oneself, is to grieve for the absolution of life.”
R.W. Erskine

Bryant McGill
“Someone's forgiveness will not heal you; condemnation or absolution is their test, not yours.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Dan Brown
“desperate times offered a certain flexibility in the rules of absolution.”
Dan Brown, Origin

Bryant McGill
“Being alone will show you who you really are, and if you cannot get-on positively as the sole master of your space in that room alone, then you can absolutely forget about it after you add another person.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

William Shakespeare
“Be free, and fare thou well!”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

“If you seek forgiveness, it's no use asking yourself.”
Anthony T.Hincks

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