the greater the sinner, the greater the saint
1773 R. GRAVES Spiritual Quixote II. VII. xi. It was a maxim with Mr. Whitfield, ‘The greater the Sinner, the greater the Saint.’
1856 E. HINCHCLIFFE Barthomley vi. How well is the old proverb illustrated in this foul seducer... ‘The greater the sinner, the greater the Saint.’
1964 M. LAVIN Stories I. 293 Ah, well, I always heard it’s the biggest divils that make the best saints, and now I can believe it!
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