To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (1652)
Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties, blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints; The sinners are much more fun
There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring Impatience and Laziness.
The bar does not claim to be the communion of saints. It only claims to be a noble organization of fallible men, in a fallible society. It concedes that all lawyers sometimes blunder in a professional service; that many sometimes sin against professional duty; that some are incompetent and some are vicious. But it asserts its own dignity and integrity, by a greater contempt than the world has for its dunces, by a severer reprobation of its knaves.
Address at Wisconsin Law School (1873)
If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic.
The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113
There is no sin except stupidity.
The Critic as Artist, 1891
You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House. Paraphrase of Thomas Szasz, "If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic." (The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113)