Suddenly I heard the words of Christ and understood them, and life and death ceased to seem to me evil, and instead of despair I experienced happiness and the joy of life undisturbed by death.
- Tolstoy

I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was.
​- Dickens

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.
- Dostoevsky

I groan like a guilty man. 
Guilt reddens my face. 
Spare a suppliant, O God. 

Thou who didst absolve
Mary Magdalene
And didst hearken to the thief,
To me also hast Thou given hope. 

​I pray in supplication on my knees. 
My heart contrite as the dust,
Safeguard my fate.

Mournful that day
When from the dust shall rise
Guilty man to be judged. 
Therefore spare him, O God. 
Merciful Jesu,
Lord Grant them rest.
- Mozart

Fine Art
There’s not on earth a thing
more vile and base
Than, lacking thee, I feel myself to be
For pardon prays my own debility
Yearning in vain to lift me to thy face.
Stretch to me, Lord,

that chain whose links enlace
All heavenly gifts and all felicity
Faith whereunto I strive perpetually
Yet cannot find (my fault)

her perfect grace.
That gift of gifts, the rarer ‘tis, the more
I count it great; more great,

because to earth
Without it neither peace nor joy is given.
If thou thy blood so lovingly didst pour
Let not that bounty fail

nor suffer dearth,
Withholding faith that
opes the doors of heaven.
- Michelangelo