From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"I had always ridiculed the false ingenuousness of Montaigne, who, while pretending to confess his defects, is most careful to attribute to himself only such as are amiable; whereas I, who have always believed, and still believe, myself to be, all things considered, the best of men, felt that there is no human heart, however pure it may be, which does not conceal some odious vice."--Confessions (1782) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Many have a vague and indefinite notion that some queer questions are asked in the Confessional, but very few indeed have any idea of the fearful reality as disclosed in the following pages."--The Confessional Unmasked (1836)
A confession is a statement made by a person or a group of people acknowledging some personal fact that the person (or the group) would prefer to keep hidden. The term is generally associated with an admission of a moral or legal wrong. A legal confession is an admission of some wrongdoing that has legal consequence, while a confession in religion is usually more akin to a ritual by which the person acknowledges thoughts or actions considered sinful or morally wrong within the confines of the confessor's religion. Socially, however, the term may refer to admissions that are neither legally nor religiously significant.
- Confessions (Rousseau)
- Confessions (St. Augustine)
- The Compulsion to Confess (1925) by Theodor Reik
- Confessions of a Window Cleaner
- Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
- Confessions of a Swedish Butler
- The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
- Confessions of a Mask
- Confessions of a Cultist: On the Cinema, 1955-1969
- Confessions of Zeno
- "The Confessional Unmasked'