In crafting a "homemade" quotation, and after considerable time, I've come up with a few versions. I'm not sure, however, if any of them is correct grammatically, not to mention memorable stylistically. This task is not a school assignment. I simply like to craft my own quotations. This one happens to be the figure called antithesis. (You know, JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.")
The context is the difference between a sin of commission and a sin of omission, and the possible relationship between the two. Ordinarily, one might say in this regard, "A sin of commission is doing what you know is wrong, whereas a sin of omission is not doing what you know is right." That's fine as far as it goes, I guess, but there are other possibilities, too. To wit:
A. Failure to do the right thing is the gateway to success in doing the wrong thing.
B. To fail to do right is to succeed to do wrong.
C. Failing to do right is succeeding to do wrong.
D. To fail to do the right is to succeed in doing wrong.
E. Failing to do the right thing is succeeding in doing the wrong thing.
I've toyed with idea of using "failing in doing right" or "failure to do right," but they could sound as though someone tried doing the right thing, but failed, which is not a sin of omission. Any thoughts?