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  • Confessions are like tattoos in that 1) You convince yourself that the immediate pain of going through the process means it won't bother you later on; 2) They are permanent.

  • ... confession ran in the family.

  • ... most wrong-doing works, on the whole, less mischief than its useless confession ...

  • Many think that when they have confessed a fault there is no need of correcting it.

  • ... Molly was in the mood when the need to talk — to let oneself go — is so great that the choice of a listener is little more than an accident.

  • Religious people spend so much time with their confessors because they like to talk about themselves.

  • ... I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.

  • The good confidante is, by the very nature of the thing, a bad confider.

  • ... every smart / Is eased in telling.

  • True confession consists in telling our deed in such a way that our soul is changed in the telling of it.

    • Maude Petre,
    • "Devotional Essays," in The Method of Theology ()
  • ... confessions are always pretentious and very hard to listen to.