An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis -- and I don't deserve that, either.


Jack Benny (1894-1974, American comedian)


I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis -- and I don't deserve that, either.


Jack Benny (1894-1974, American comedian)


We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.


Book of Common Prayer (Liturgy of the Anglican Church)


In confession... we open our lives to healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are.


Louis Cassels


I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.


Dorothy Dix (1861-1951, American columnist)


The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Forgiveness is always free. But that doesn't mean that confession is always easy. Sometimes it is hard. Incredibly hard. It is painful to admit our sins and entrust ourselves to God's care.


Erwin W. Lutzer (American minister)


Teach thy tongue to say I do not know and thou shalt progress.


Maimonides (1135-1204, Spanish-born Jewish philosopher)


There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said.


Joni Mitchell (Canadian folk singer)


The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own -- the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple -- a few plain words -- "My Heart Laid Bare." But -- this little book must be true to its title.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


He that jokes, confesses.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Confessed faults are half-mended.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Open confession is good for the soul.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Confession, alas, is the new handshake.


Richard D. Rosen


It is not the criminal things that are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and the shameful.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


A wise man admits his weaknesses. I'd admit mine if I had any.


Author Unknown


Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.


Author Unknown


He who denies all, confesses all.


Author Unknown


It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


A confession has to be part of your new life.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff -- it is a palliative rather than a remedy.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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