Confession Quotes (67) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Confession.  A confession is a statement – made by a person or by a group of persons – acknowledging ... of love and confessing one's love, between the indetermination of a feeling and its final definition

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In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
~ Thomas Aquinas

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.
~ Isidore of Seville

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confess yourself to heaven, Repent what's past, avoid what is to come, And do not spread the compost on the weeds To make them ranker.
~ William Shakespeare

Do not be afraid of confession!
~ Pope Francis
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To do penance is to bewail the evil we have done, and to do no evil to bewail.
~ Pope Gregory I

Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.
~ Fulton J. Sheen

Psychoanalysis is the confession without absolution.
~ Germaine Greer

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
~ Anatole France

A work of art is a confession.
~ Albert Camus

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.
~ Daniel Webster

A confession has to be part of your new life.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

The words carry their own momentum. A confession in motion tends to stay in motion. Newton's first law of jealousy.
~ Erica Jong

Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
~ Saint Augustine

I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them?
~ Jean Baudrillard

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
~ Thomas Aquinas

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
~ Albert Camus

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

Everyone say to himself: 'When was the last time I went to confession?' And if it has been a long time, don't lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,
~ Pope Francis

Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence.
~ Publilius Syrus

Not to follow the advice of our confessor is pride and a want of faith.
~ John of the Cross

In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.
~ Saint Augustine

I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Everything dictated silence and self-control but I couldn't restrain myself and spoke my mind.
~ Philip Roth

Many religious confessions share common values. They teach that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
~ Russell M. Nelson

Every conceivable cruel method of blackmail was used against me to obtain by force and at all costs confessions and statements both about comrades who had been arrested, and about political activities.
~ Ernst Thalmann

Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures.
~ Oscar Wilde

The candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer.
~ Horatio Alger

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

My whole act is confession.
~ Shelley Berman

Faith never makes a confession.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . . I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St. Peter at the touch of the Divine messenger. My God, what new scenes for my soul!
~ Elizabeth Ann Seton

The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strive always to confess your sins with a deep knowledge of your own wretchedness and with clarity and purity.
~ John of the Cross

Obedience to a confessor is the most acceptable offering which we can make to God, and the most secure way of doing the divine will.
~ Alphonsus Liguori

If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and
shut out pardon.
~ Saint Augustine

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.
~ Pope John Paul II

A disobedient soul will win no victory, even if the Lord Jesus himself, in person, were to hear its confession.
~ Mary Faustina Kowalska

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
~ George Washington

The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead.
~ Thomas Aquinas

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
~ Roland Barthes

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

Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
~ Hannah Arendt

Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls.
~ Saint Francis de Sales

Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at.
~ Josh Billings

It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.
~ Henri Rousseau

Let the trumpet of the day of judgment sound when it will, I shall appear with this book in my hand before the Sovereign Judge, and cry with a loud voice, This is my work, there were my thoughts, and thus was I. I have freely told both the good and the bad, have hid nothing wicked, added nothing good.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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 de Montaigne

Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
~ William Shakespeare

If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment...
~ Edgar Allan Poe

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
~ Anita Brookner

Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.
~ Pope Francis

Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that. Go to confession regularly and to Communion as often as you can
~ Dominic Savio

Guilt must not be allowed to fester in the silence of the soul, poisoning it from within. It needs to be confessed. Through confession we bring it into the light, we place it within Christ's purifying love. In confession, the Lord washes our soiled feet over and over again and prepares us for table fellowship with him.
~ Pope Benedict XVI

Confession is good for the conscience, but it usually bypasses the soul.
~ Mignon McLaughlin

A spiritual law that few recognize is that our confession rules us. It is what we confess with our lips that really dominates our inner being.
~ F. F. Bosworth

Do not be afraid of Confession! One who is in line to confess himself feels all these things - even shame - but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves free, great, beautiful, forgiven, [...] happy. And this is the beauty of Confession... Jesus is there...and He receives you with so much love.
~ Pope Francis

It is by far the most elegant worship, hardly excepting the Greek mythology. What with incense, pictures, statues, altars, shrines, relics, and the real presence, confession, absolution, - there is something sensible to grasp at. Besides, it leaves no possibility of doubt; for those who swallow their Deity, really and truly, in transubstantiation, can hardly find any thing else otherwise than easy of digestion.
~ Lord Byron

A man who has broken with his past feels a different man. He will not feel it a shame to confess his past wrongs, for the simple reason that these wrongs do not touch him at all.
~ Mahatma Gandhi


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