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greater the greater the sinner, the greater the saint a sinner who has reformed is likely to be more virtuous that someone who is morally neutral. Proverbial saying, late 18th century.
the greater the truth, the greater the libel in its original form, the saying is attributed by Robert Burns to William Murray, Lord Mansfield (1705–93), Scottish statesman and judge. The saying is recorded from the late 18th century.