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  • To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
  • Approved forms of faith, practice, and conduct were laid down as consistent with orthodoxy, and deviation from these standards had to be confessed and atoned for by a prescribed form of penance.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- 05/20/06)
  • Christians believe Jesus atoned for their sins through his sacrifice he completed with his death on the cross.
    Christianity - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Some think Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday. On it, Jews fast and pray in atonement for their sins.

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  • We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • This was some strange kind of atonement,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • This is the synagogue that young Rachel Shilsky walked to with her family and where Rabbi Shilsky led the congregation during the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and fasting.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. Should we fast? The question was hotly debated. To fast would mean a surer, swifter death. We fasted here the whole year round.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • the Church of Sunday Atonement
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Atoning for my sins?
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • In September 1938 we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish year, and observed Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in a beautiful Reform synagogue, one of more than a hundred synagogues scattered throughout the city.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Instead of admitting her crimes and striving to atone for her sins, Old Lady Rong has sent her sons to Hong Kong, where they can continue to exploit the Chinese people, and she herself continues to flaunt her bourgeois life.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Could it have been that my father’s sense of justice had instinctively responded to this need in me for such a fitting atonement?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • To atone for my ignorance, and to repay her father and her house for their great contributions to the kingdom, I would like to take this moment to announce the joining of House Calore and the resurrected House Titanos.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • You must atone to your fellow men before you can atone to God.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Whatever his crimes, he has suffered something to atone for them.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • And then if a night breeze blew, it did so timidly, as if to atone for the excesses of its daytime sibling.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I ask an opportunity to atone for my fault and prove my devotion to His Majesty the Emperor and to Russia!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • May I make the only atonement in my power?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A most unhappy one: I would do much To atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Deeply as I have sinned, I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I have decided that the only way the lions can atone for their sins is if I feed you to them.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And with that came this realization: that Rahim Khan had summoned me here to atone not just for my sins but for Baba’s too.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Consider it a life for a life-atonement for Torkenbrand’s death.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I have a presentiment that if no other innocent atonement is made for this, it will one day be required of him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • We regret the unhappiness that must have accompanied the news of his reported death but hope that the efforts of his fellow prisoners of war on "Postman Calls" will (atone) in some small way for the error.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intentions as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Does God’s Work necessarily include vows of chastity, tithing, and atonement for sins through self-flagellation and the cilice?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The thought was madness; it stirred the fiend within me—not I, but she, shall suffer; the murder I have committed because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, she shall atone.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • That was why Okonkwo had been Chosen by the nine villages to carry a message of war to their enemies unless they agreed to give up a young man and a virgin to atone for the murder of Udo’s wife.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Aye, you shall make those men atone in blood!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It’s I who’ve broken my word, so I will atone for it to the extent I can.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Beth now saw him as the kind, caring, and compassionate friend, someone who’d atoned for his sins.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • "A good beginning for a Solidarity Service," thought Bernard miserably, and foresaw for himself yet another failure to achieve atonement.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • This pleasure also had to be atoned for, this pain also had to be endured, these foolish acts also had to be committed.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • … Killing her was atonement for forty sins.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • —I have so much to atone for.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • While he spoke, however, the young soldier seized his rifle, and advancing toward the front, prepared to atone for his venial remissness, by freely exposing his life in defense of those he attended.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • By the blood I’ve spilled and the gore on my hands, I swear upon my father’s grave I’ll have you atone for what you’ve done by storming Helgrind with me.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was something which he felt rather than perceived, and he never voiced the feeling without subsequent regret and ample atonement.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The more sentimental were inclined to view that the black sheep of the Butler family had repented of his evil ways and was making an attempt to atone for his sins.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He atoned for it by an excess of modesty.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It appeared afterwards that the duke had sworn that if they had not washed him as they had Don Quixote he would have punished them for their impudence, which they adroitly atoned for by soaping him as well.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The Son striving to be atoned with the Father.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Remember, cannot nine years of my life atone for an instant….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She was not such a fool as to try to atone to Lancelot for this, but she had taken a fancy for him as himself.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But surely there will be an opportunity to atone for that because for a sin of that sort that so many bear, certainly some just relief will be devised.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour; and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself, or frighten those who might hate her into outward respect.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "To this day, Jews and Christians still strive for ’atonement’ …. although most of us have forgotten it is actually ’at-one-ment’ we’re seeking."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
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