Quotes of Compunction

“ Conscience — the only incorruptible thing about us. ”

- Henry Fielding

“ The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. ”

- William Hazlitt

“ A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday. ”

- Thomas Ybarra

“ Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ Who after his transgression doth repent, Is halfe, or altogether, innocent. ”

- Robert Herrick

“ We can always get along better by reason and love of truth than by worry of conscience and remorse. Harmful are these, and evil. ”

- Baruch Spinoza

“ Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance. ”

- Pythagoras

“ God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. ”

- St. Augustine

“ Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945 Every contrition for sin is apt to encourage a not quite charitable wish that other people should exhibit a similar contrition. ”

- Charles Williams

“ Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. ”

- Bible

“ Well, I'll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in some liking. I shall be out of heart shortly, and then I shall have no strength to repent. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Under your good correction, I have seen When, after execution, judgment hath Repented o'er his doom. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ REPENTANCE, n. The faithful attendant and follower of Punishment. It is usually manifest in a degree of reformation that is not inconsistent with continuity of sin. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow. ”

- Karl Kraus

“ True repentance has a double aspect. It looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. ”

- Robert Smith

“ When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it. ”

- Epictetus

“ And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? / When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ”

- Bible

“ He used to say that in all his life he never repented but of three things. The first was that he had trusted a woman with a secret; the second that he had gone by sea when he might have gone by land; and the third, that had passed one day without having a will by him. ”

- Plutarch

“ What then? What rests? Try what repentance can. What can it not? Yet what can it when one cannot repent? O wretched state? O bosom black as death! O limed soul, that struggling to be free Art more engaged! ”

- William Shakespeare

“ That it may please you leave these sad designs To him that hath most cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby House; Where — after I have solemnly interred At Chertsey monast'ry with noble king — And wet his grave with my repentant tears — I will with all expedient duty see you. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. ”

- George Eliot

“ Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do it. ”

- H. L. Mencken

“ Remorse is the pain of sin. ”

- Theodore Parker

“ Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell. ”

- George Moore

“ True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall, he would be willing to repeat. ”

- Francis Herbert Bradley

“ Repentance is but want of power to sin. ”

- John Dryden

“ Repentance is another name for aspiration. ”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“ Bad men are full of repentance. ”

- Aristotle

“ The wolf was sick, he vowed a monk to be: But when he got well, a wolf once more was he. ”

- Walter Brower

“ From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance. ”

- Unknown
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