An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Bad men are full of repentance.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Bad men are full of repentance.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Repentance is another name for aspiration.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Most people repent their sins by thanking God they ain't so wicked as their neighbors.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924, British philosopher)


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


Walter Brower


Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.


Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)


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 novelist, poet)


The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


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, Scottish philosopher, author)


Repentance is but want of power to sin.


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


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


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, 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, dramatist, novelist)


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)


One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us, and whereto our passions transport us; but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will are not subject to contradiction. Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Repentance may be old fashioned, but it is not outdated so long as there is sin.


J. C. Macaulay


True repentance is to cease from sinning.


Ambrose of Milan


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


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Repentance won't cure mischief.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


He that hath promised pardon on our repentance hath not promised life till we repent.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Repentance is accepted remorse.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


But with morning cool repentance came.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


He who repents of having sinned is almost innocent.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


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


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