Nun Quotes

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Matthew Gregory Lewis
“Man of an hard heart! Hear me, Proud, Stern, and Cruel! You could have saved me; you could have restored me to happiness and virtue, but would not! You are the destroyer of my Soul; You are my Murderer, and on you fall the curse of my death and my unborn Infant’s! Insolent in your yet-unshaken virtue, you disdained the prayers of a Penitent; But God will show mercy, though you show none. And where is the merit of your boasted virtue? What temptations have you vanquished? Coward! you have fled from it, not opposed seduction. But the day of Trial will arrive! Oh! then when you yield to impetuous passions! when you feel that Man is weak, and born to err; When shuddering you look back upon your crimes, and solicit with terror the mercy of your God, Oh! in that fearful moment think upon me! Think upon your Cruelty! Think upon Agnes, and despair of pardon!”
Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk

“Sister, why do you do that?"
"Do what?"
"Cage the animals at night?"
"Well..." She looked up and out through the barred window before answering me."We don't want to, Jennings, but we have to. You see, the animals that are given to us we have to take care of. If we didn't cage them up in one place, we might lose them, they might get hurt or damaged. It's not the best thing, but it's the only way we have to take care of them."

"But if somebody loved one them," I asked, "wouldn't it be a good idea to let them have one? To keep, I mean?"

"Yes, it would be. But not everyone would love them and take care of them as you would. I wish I could give them all away tomorrow." She looked at me. There were tears in her eyes. "But I can't. My heart would break if I saw just one of those animals lying by the wayside uncared for, unloved. No, Jennings. It's better if we keep them together.”
Jennings Michael Burch, They Cage the Animals at Night

“A very special case. A few years more, and that pretty creature who you love too much, I think, will, without ever loving them, have known as many men as there are beads on her aunt's rosary. No happy medium! Either a nun or a monster! God's bosom or sensual passions! It would, perhaps, be better to put her in a convent, since we put hysterical women in the Saltpetriere! She does not know vice, she invents it!"

That was ten years ago before the day our story begins and... Raoule was not a nun.”
Rachilde, Monsieur Vénus: A Materialist Novel

Meg Cabot
“I know it's probably wrong to fantasize about giving a nun a karate chop in the neck, but I couldn't help it. She was making me mad.”
Meg Cabot, Shadowland
tags: karate, mad, nun

“... the four noble truths: that there is suffering, that it has an origin, that there is a cessation of suffering, and that there is a path to that cessation.”
Sid Brown, The Journey of One Buddhist Nun the: Even Against the Wind

Michael Ondaatje
“Commissioner Harris at the far end stared along the mad pathway. This was his first child and it had already become a murderer.”
Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion

Barbara T. Cerny
“I was once a man, not a great man, not a saintly man, but a good man, and a man nonetheless.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Justin Cronin
“She thought she should take a moment to pray. But, as she was holding a loaded rifle, conventional prayer did not seem entirely suitable. Sister Peg hoped that God would help her, but it was her belief that He much preferred for people to attend to themselves. Life was a test; it was up to you to pass it or not. She raised the gun to her clavicle and angled one eye down the length of the barrel.”
Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors

Barbara T. Cerny
“God himself had sent me away. I was truly now among the damned.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Barbara T. Cerny
“I did not choose to be a monster—a shell of a man—half-human, half-fiend. I am a tiefling. I am what I am.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Barbara T. Cerny
“Iona stared at me for a long time. “You are going to leave me a widow before I have a chance to become a bride.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Barbara T. Cerny
“Then it kissed me—not as a man would kiss a lover, not with tenderness or even passion. This was a kiss that stole the soul of men. Revulsion at this creature’s kiss was instantly replaced by the warmth stealing through my veins, as if my missing blood were being replenished and contrived to heal me. I craved to keep kissing the beast. My entire being awakened to that kiss feeding me ecstasy, feeding me life.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Warren Ellis
“Being a nun wasn't all it was cracked up to be and the sex was shit.”
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard

Mary Robinette Kowal
“Then Sister Aquinata abandoned the nonviolent methods and produced a rolling pin from somewhere.”
Mary Robinette Kowal, Valour and Vanity

Kathleen Norris
“I could suddenly grasp that not ever having to think about what to wear was freedom, that a drastic stripping down to essentials in one's dress might also be a drastic enrichment of one's ability to focus on more important things.”
Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
tags: habit, nun

Ana Claudia Antunes
“What happened when the Verb asked the noun to conjugate? She said "no-no!", forgot the "o" and decided to become a nun!”
Ana Claudia Antunes

Susan Vreeland
“If you feel joy when you do something unselfish for him, and would just as soon do it in secret as openly, then that rings of the true metal”
Susan Vreeland, Lisette's List

Barbara T. Cerny
“My life was going exactly where I wanted it to until the Devil showed up.”
Barbara T. Cerny, The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

“I pulled the sheet off their faces. Their faces were black with coal dust and didn't look like anything was wrong with them except they were dirty. The both of them had smiles on their faces. I thought maybe one of them had told a joke just before they died and, pain and all, they both laughed and ended up with a smile. Probably not true but but it made me feel good to think about it like that, and when the Sister came in I asked her if I could clean their faces and she said, "no, certainly not!" but I said, "ah, c'mon, it's me brother n' father, I want to," and she looked at me and looked at me, and at last she said, "of course, of course, I'll get some soap and water."

When the nun came back she helped me. Not doing it, but more like showing me how, and taking to me, saying things like "this is a very handsome man" and "you must have been proud of your brother" when I told her how Charlie Dave would fight for me, and "you're lucky you have another brother"; of course I was, but he was younger and might change, but she talked to me and made it all seem normal, the two of us standing over a dead face and cleaning the grit away. The only other thing I remember a nun ever saying to me was, "Mairead, you get to your seat, this minute!”
Sheldon Currie, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum: The Novel

Abhijit Naskar
“Curiosity, humility and compassion, these are the fundamental pillars of monkhood, if you have these in your life, then you are a monk, regardless of your financial status and relationship status.”
Abhijit Naskar, Monk Meets World

Greg Rucka
“For those he has ignored, he allows them this. He allows them God, their only ally. Places to worship, but no one to teach.”
Greg Rucka, Lazarus, Vol. 4: Poison

Kelsey Brickl
“He was an indecent man, I told myself - prayerfully - and then I prayed for him to become decent.”
Kelsey Brickl, Paint

Sophie Kinsella
“You look a little lost, my dear,' a nun says behind me, and I jump. 'Were you interested in seeing the Bevington Triptych?'
'Oh,' I say. 'Erm... yes. Absolutely.'
'Up there,' she points, and I walk tentatively towards the front of the chapel, hoping it will become obvious what the Bevington Triptych is. A statue, maybe? Or a.. a piece of tapestry?
But as I reach the elderly lady, I see that she's staring up at a whole wall of stained glass windows. I have to admit, they're pretty amazing. I mean look at that huge blue one in the middle. It's fantastic!
'The Bevington Triptych,' says the elderly woman. 'It simply has no parallel, does it?'
'Wow,' I breathe reverentially, staring up with her. 'It's beautiful.'
It really is stunning. God, it just shows, there's no mistaking a real work of art, is there? When you come across real genius, it just leaps out at you. And I'm not even an expert.
'Wonderful colours,' I murmur.
'The detail,' says the woman, clasping her hands, 'is absolutely incomparable.'
'Incomparable,' I echo.
I'm just about to point out the rainbow, which I think is a really nice touch - when I suddenly notice that the elderly woman and I aren't looking at the same thing.
She's looking at some painted wooden thing which I hadn't even noticed.
As inconspicuously as possible, I shift my gaze - and feel a pang of disappointment. Is this the Bevington triptych? But it isn't even pretty!
'Whereas this Victorian rubbish,' the woman suddenly adds savagely, 'is absolutely criminal! That rainbow! Doesn't it make you feel sick?' She gestures to my big blue window, and I gulp.
'I know,' I say. 'It's shocking, isn't it? Absolutely...
You know - I think I'll just go for a little wander...”
Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

Thérèse de Lisieux
“I wasn't too good at playing games, but I did love reading very much and would have spent my life at it. I had human angels, fortunately for me, to guide me in the choice of the books which, while being entertaining, nourished both my heart and my mind.”
Thérèse de Lisieux

“Eit latare, unyttigare Liv enn slike Nonnor føra, kann ein inkje godt tenkja seg”
Kristofer Janson

Josef Winkler
“A black-veiled nun, holding plastic bags full of cucumbers, apricots, and onions in one hand and pressing two tall blonde Barbie dolls wrapped in plastic to her breast with the other, stopped before the tomato vendor, whose vegetable knife hung from a lanyard around his neck, laid the dolls on a wooden crate, and asked for a few kilos of tomatoes on the vine.”
Josef Winkler, Natura morta : eine römische Novelle

“From Jerks to Monks, from Prostitutes to Nuns, everyone is vulnerable to fall in Love.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Karanam Pavan Prasad
“ವಿಕಾರಗಳ ಮುಂದೆ ನಡೆಯುವ ಸಹಜತೆಗಳು ಭಯ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸುವಂಥದ್ದು”
Karanam Pavan Prasad, ನನ್ನಿ | Nunni

“My decision making skills closely resembles that of a nun in her correspondence about forgiveness”

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