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The slightest sorrow for sin is sufficient, if it produces amendment; and the greatest is insufficient, if it does not.
- Charles Caleb Colton
To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent!
- George Crabbe, Tales of the Hall
(bk. III, Boys at School, last line)
It will require more than a few hours of fasting and prayer to cast out such demons as selfishness, worldliness, and unbelief. Repentance, to be of any avail, must work a change of heart and of conduct.
- Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
Our hearts must not only be broken with sorrow, but be broken from sin, to constitute repentance.
- Orville Dewey
Repentance, without amendment, is like continually pumping without mending the leak.
- Lewis W. Dilwyn
When prodigals return great things are done.
- A.A. Dowty, The Siliad,
in Beeton's "Christmas Annual"
A salve, a comfort, and a cordial;
He that hath her, the keys of heaven hath:
This is the guide, this is the post, the path.
- Michael Drayton
I will to-morrow, that I will,
I will be sure to do it;
To-morrow comes, to-morrow goes,
And still thou art to do it.
Thus still repentance is deferred.
From one day to another:
Until the day of death is come,
And judgment is the other.
- Hieremias Drexelius (Jeremias Drexel)
Right actions for the future are the best explanations or apologies for wrong ones in the past; the best evidence of regret for them that we can offer, or the world receive.
- Tryon Edwards
If you would be good, first believe that you are bad.
It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance.
- Benjamin Franklin
Place not thy amendment only in increasing thy devotion, but in bettering thy life. This is the damning hypocrisy of this age; that it slights all good morality, and spends its zeal in matters of ceremony, and a form of godliness without the power of it.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
I do not buy repentance at so heavy a cost as a thousand drachmae.
- Aulus Gellius bk. I, ch. VI, 6,
quoting Demosthenes to Lais
My Saviour, mid life's varying scene
Be Thou my stay;
Guide me, through each perplexing path,
To perfect day.
In weakness and in sin I stand;
Still faith can clasp Thy mighty hand,
And follow at Thy dear command.
My Saviour, I have nought to bring
Worthy of Thee;
A broken heart Thou wilt not spurn;
Accept of me.
I need Thy righteousness Divine,
I plead Thy promises as mine,
I perish if I am not Thine.
- Elizabeth A.E. Godwin
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Oliver Goldsmith
When iron scourge, and tort'ring hour
The bad affright, afflict the best.
- Thomas Gray, Ode to Adversity
Woman, amends may never come to late.
- Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge,
A Looking Glass for London and England
The effect of every burden laid down is to leave us relieved; and when the soul has laid down that of its faults at the feet of God, it feels as though it had wings.
- Eugenie de Guerin
We look to our last sickness for repentance, unmindful that it is during a recovery men repent, not during a sickness.
- Augustus William Hare
Restore to God His due in tithe and time;
A tithe purloin'd cankers the whole estate.
- George Herbert,
The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 65)
Who after his transgression doth repent,
Is halfe, or altogether, innocent.
- Robert Herrick, Hesperides--Penitence
He comes never late who comes repentant.
- Juan de Horozco, Manasses, Rey de India
Some tears belong to us because we are unfortunate; others, because we are humane; many because we are mortal. But most are caused by our being unwise. It is these last only that of necessity produce more.
- Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)
It is never too late with us, so long as we are still aware of our faults and bear them impatiently,--so long as noble propensities, greedy of conquest, stir within us.
- Hermann Jacobi
Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
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