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We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. ''I will be a saint'' means I will despoil myself of all that is not God; I will strip my heart of all created things; I will live in poverty and detachment; I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

Saintliness is also a temptation.

Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) French playwright.

Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement -- in a word, with more renunciation than you care for -- and so you flee the contagion.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American writer and philanthropist.

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.