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[ Also see Apologies Conscience Despair Grief Guilt Hell Humility Melancholy Misery Reform Reformation Regret Repentance Retribution Shame Sorrow ]

Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do it.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Sharp and fell remorse, the offspring of my sin! Why do you, O God, lacerate my heart so late? Why, O boding cries, that scream so close to me,--why do I listen to you now, and never heard you before?
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

The hell within him.
      - John Milton

Farewell, remorse: all good to me is lost;
  Evil, be thou my good.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 108)

One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence.
      - Ogden Nash

Remorse is the pain of sin.
      - Theodore Parker

Sin and hedgehogs are born without spikes; but how they prick and wound after their birth, we all know.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Remorse sleeps in the atmosphere of prosperity.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Remorse goes to sleep during a prosperous period and wakes up in adversity.
  [Fr., Le remords s'endort durant un destin prospere et s'aigrit dans l'adversite.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
        The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (I, 11)

There are evil spirits who suddenly fix their abode in man's unguarded breast, causing us to commit devilish deeds, and then, hurrying back to their native hell, leave behind the stings of remorse in the poisoned bosom.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

High minds, of native pride and force,
  Most deeply feel thy pangs, Remorse;
    Fear, for their scourge, means villains have,
      Thou art the torturer of the brave!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto III, st. 13)

The greatest chastisement that a man may receive who hath outraged another, is to have done the outrage; and there is no man who is so rudely punished as he that is subject to the whip of his own repentance.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Abandon all remorse;
  On horror's head horrors accumulate.
      - William Shakespeare

I am afraid to think what I have done; look on it again I dare not.
      - William Shakespeare

Judgment hath bred a kind of remorse in me.
      - William Shakespeare

If thou dost slander her and torture me,
  Never pray more; abandon all remorse;
    On horror's head horrors accumulate;
      Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed;
        For nothing canst thou to damnation add
          Greater than that.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at III, iii)

Remorse is a man's dread prerogative, and is the natural accompaniment of his constitution as a knowing, voluntary agent, left in trust with his own welfare and that of others. Remorse, if we exclude the notion of responsibility, is an enigma in human nature never to be explained.
      - Isaac Taylor

For my part, I believe that remorse is the least active of all a man's moral senses,--the very easiest to be deadened when wakened, and in some never wakened at all.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

I believe that remorse is the least active of all a man's moral senses.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

There is no man that is knowingly wicked but is guilty to himself; and there is no man that carries guilt about him but he receives a sting in his soul.
      - John Tillotson

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