Sunday, February 11, 2007

Forgive Us Our Debts

"I do believe that when a man confesses to his neighbor and says he's sorry, he thinks more of him than he did before. You see, we all know we have done wrong, but we haven't usually confessed it. And it's a funny thing, but a man will think it grand of someone else to confess, when the time comes when there's something he needs to repent of himself, he hesitates for fear of the shame of having to confess it. To me the shame lies in not confessing after you know you're in the wrong."

- Alexandar Graham to Lady Clemintina in George MacDonald's The Marquis' Secret