confession is good for the soul
c 1641 in E. Beveridge D. Fergusson’s Scottish Proverbs (1924) no. 159 Ane open confessione is good for the soul.
1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 270 Open Confession is good for the Soul. Spoken ironically, to them that boast of their ill Deeds.
1881 J. PAYN Grape from Thorn III. xxxix. Confession maybe good for the soul; but it is doubtful whether the avowal of incapacity to the parties desirous of securing our services is quite judicious.
1942 R. A. J. WALLING Corpse with Eerie Eye v. That’s open confession, but I don’t know that it does my soul any good.
1983 R. HILL Deadheads IV. iv. Confession may be good for the soul but it’s pretty lousy for marriages.
2002 Washington Times 1 Sept. D7 Confession may be good for the soul but not if it’s being broadcast.
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