Repentance is a grace of God's Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.


True repentance means making amends with the person when at all possible.

Lawana Blackwell

For the most part fraud in the end secures for its companions repentance and shame.

Charles Simmons

ENTHUSIASM, n. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience. Byron, who recovered long enough to call it 'entuzy-muzy,' had a relapse, which carried him off -- to Missolonghi.

Ambrose Bierce

POLYGAMY, n. A house of atonement, or expiatory chapel, fitted with several stools of repentance, as distinguished from monogamy, which has but one.

Ambrose Bierce

Repentance for past crimes is just and easy; but sin-no-more's a task too hard for mortals.

Sir John Vanbrugh

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. Desirous to avoid the pains of Hell, You will repent and join the Church, Parnell? How needless! -- Nick will keep you off the coals And add you to the woes of other souls. Jomater Abemy.

Ambrose Bierce

I was being called to surrender the very citadel of my self. I was completely in the dark. I did not really know what repentance was or what I was required to repent of. It was indeed the turning point of my life.

Bede Griffiths

If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder.

John Bunyan

But however long you may have continued in rebellion, and how ever black and long the catalog of your sins, yet if you will now turn to God by a sincere repentance, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall not be cast out.

Archibald Alexander

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

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

Anatole France

He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.

The Talmud

We are announcing for the last time that we are opening the door to repentance and for those to return to righteousness.

Prince Abdullah

Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.

H. G. Bohn

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

Henry Ward Beecher

This is the beginning of more than a week of repentance, before our destiny for the next year is decided.

Yoni Pielet

There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.

Gilbert Parker

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.

Eric Zorn