Depravity Quotes

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Matt Chandler
“Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.”
Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

Criss Jami
“God's relationship with man does not work in a way in which man stumbles and then God has to drop what he is doing in order to lift him up; rather, man stumbles so that God can lift him up. Hence it is utterly impossible to truly diminish his glory.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Slavoj Žižek
“You cannot change people but you can change the system so that people are not pushed into doing evil things.”
Slavoj Žižek

Timothy B. Tyson
“In a fallen world marked by human depravity and deep-seated sin, in a world where Hitler and Stalin had recruited millions of followers to commit mass murder, love must harness power and seek justice in order to have moral meaning. Love without power remained impotent, and power without love was bankrupt.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

Augustine of Hippo
“He that becomes protector of sin shall surely become its prisoner.”
Augustine of Hippo, City of God

Robert Murray M'Cheyne
“The seed of every sin known to man is in my heart”.”
Robert Murray McCheyne

Jeaniene Frost
“You do that, and I take back every nasty thing I've ever said about you."
He grinned, his mood changing from serious to wicked in an instant. "Why? I'm all those things and more.”
Jeaniene Frost, Home for the Holidays

Friedrich Nietzsche
“When virtue has slept, it will arise again all the fresher.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Arthur C. Clarke
“As his body became more and more defenseless, so his means of offense became steadily more frightful.”
Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

“If I created a new depravity I would be a priestess, while my imitators would founder, after my reign, in abominable filth...Don't you think that proud men, copying Satan, are more guilty than the Satan of the Bible, who invented pride? Is Satan not respectable because of his unprecedented and divinely inspired sin?”
Rachilde, Monsieur Vénus: A Materialist Novel

Criss Jami
“What's simple is that everything good comes from God, and everything bad comes from man. Where it gets complicated is that everything seemingly good but ultimately bad comes from man, and everything seemingly bad but ultimately good comes from God.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Leo Tolstoy
“All these institutions [prisons] seemed purposely invented for the production of depravity and vice, condensed to such a degree that no other conditions could produce it, and for the spreading of this condensed depravity and vice broadcast among the whole population.”
Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection

Richard Rohr
“The shape of evil is much more superficiality and blindness than the usual list of hot sins. God hides, and is found, precisely in the depths of everything.”
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

“True gospel preaching always changes the heart. It either awakens it or hardens it.”
Chan Kilgore

Andrew   Murray
“Our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power that has entered our being.”
Andrew Murray, Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness

“We owe God a "double debt" incurred by our passive receipt of Adam's debt but also by our active disobedience. The extent of our depravity is such that we also owe a "daring debt" because we challenge not only God's Law but His very grace as we blame Him that He has not done enough.”
Foppe Vander Zwaag

Marquis de Sade
“Few men had been as cavalier and as debauched as the Président, but completely jaded, utterly torpid, all he was left with now was the depravity and turpitude of libertinage.”
Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Engraving depravity and craving decorum is a grave absurdity; even the dead will spin in their graves.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

“A user-friendly church will always skirt the truth that our human depravity is the root of all evil providing alternative support groups as a new form of repentance that does not require turning away sin but to embrace sin.”
John M Sheehan

J.   Warren
“On ‘Hey Boy’. by A.W.W. Bremont:

“[…] taken to the level of de Sade.

Structurally, the book is quite like an epic poem, with repeated stock phrases for things and people. Imagine the Iliad written via high postmodernism, though, structurally. If William S. Burroughs had taken a crack at The Metamorphosis instead of Ovid.
For a small book, this makes a helluvan impact. I can't wait to see more from Bremont in the future.”
J. Warren

Gary J. Shipley
“Hey Boy' [by A. W. W. Bremont] is a fever dream of a novel of a sentence. Loopy, depraved, literate in its illiteracies, fiercely cruel and facile, wonderfully unhinged. Reads like Andrew Cunanan's lobotomized nightmares filtered through Delany's 'Hogg'.”
Gary J. Shipley

“My goodness was like 'the morning-dew that passeth away'; and, loving sin and disrelishing religious duties as much as ever, I returned, as 'the sow that is washed, to her wallowing in the mire'.

With little variation, this was my course of life for nine years: but in that time I had such experience of my own weakness, and the superior force of temptation, that I secretly concluded reformation in my case to be impracticable. 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?' I was experimentally convicted that I was equally unable, with the feeble barrier of resolutions and endeavours, to stem the torrent of impetuous inclinations, when swelled by welcome, suitable and powerful temptations; and being ignorant that God had reserved this to himself as his own work, and had engaged to do it for the poor sinner, who, feeling his own insufficiency, is heartily desirous to have it done by him, I stifled my convictions as well as I could, and put off my repentance to a more convenient season.”
Thomas Scott, The Force of Truth, an Authentic Narrative

Richard Hooker
“If our hands did never offer violence to our brethren, a bloody thought doth prove us murderers before him.[Cf Mt 5:21f] If we had never opened our mouths to utter any scandalous, offensive, or hurtful word, the cry of our secret cogitations is heard in the ears of God. If we did not commit the evils which we do daily and hourly, either in deeds, words, or thoughts, yet in the good things which we do how many defects are there intermingled! (A Learned Discourse on Justification, p. 8)”
Richard Hooker

G.K. Chesterton
“I had often called myself an optimist, to avoid the too evident blasphemy of pessimism. But all the optimism of the age had been false and disheartening for this reason, that it had always been trying to prove that we fit in to the world. The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit in to the world. I had tried to be happy by telling myself that man is an animal, like any other which sought its meat from God. But now I really was happy, for I had learnt that man is a monstrosity. I had been right in feeling all things as odd, for I myself was at once worse and better than all things. The optimist's pleasure was prosaic, for it dwelt on the naturalness of everything; the Christian pleasure was poetic, for it dwelt on the unnaturalness of everything in the light of the supernatural. The modern philosopher had told me again and again that I was in the right place, and I had still felt depressed even in acquiescence. But I had heard that I was in the wrong place, and my soul sang for joy, like a bird in spring. The knowledge found out and illuminated forgotten chambers in the dark house of infancy. I knew now why grass had always seemed to me as queer as the green beard of a giant, and why I could feel homesick at home.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“The really depraved people in this world are the ones who judge others.”
Marty Rubin

Marquis de Sade
“Man's greatest fault is to buttress his vices with doctrines that, once elaborated, serve to legitimize his conduct; everything that would be condemned in the heart of another will be forever engraved in his own. That's why a young man's wrongdoings are insignificant: he betrays principles but returns to them. An older man sins only after reflection; his faults emanate from his philosophy, which foments and nourishes them by erecting principles on the debris of his childish morality. And in these inflexible so-called principles he discovers the laws of his depravity.”
Marquis de Sade, Aline et Valcour

Marquis de Sade
Monsieur de Blamont: "Depravity is merely theoretical. Whether it's a real misdeed depends upon the husband and becomes a null issue once he tolerates or denies it. If he opposes nothing—subject to certain purely physical provisions—what can be the wife's crime?”
Marquis de Sade, Aline et Valcour

“LEO TOLSTOY said of NAPOLEON: "He lost the power to think a decent thought.”

Criss Jami
“Anything Christ-like about me is born of Christ within me.”
Criss Jami

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Genius is astute enough to understand its own depravity. Ignorance doesn’t know what depravity is. And stupidity might know what it is, but it’s convinced that it's immune to it.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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