John Steinbeck and Simul Iustus

[Cannery Row’s] inhabitants are as the man once said, ‘whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,’ by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, ‘saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,’ and he would have meant the same thing.

— John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Possibly the most direct expression of simul iustus et peccator (at the same time saint and sinner) that I’ve ever read.

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