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Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Repentance is but want of power to sin.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.


It is foolish to lay out money for the purchase of repentance.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.

Remorse is impotence, it will sin again. Only repentance is strong, it can end everything.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.