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Repentance is true and genuine, if we are grieved for sin as it is offensive to God, if we are forsaking and turning from it both in heart and life, and, particularly, if we are deeply affected with the sin of unbelief.
      - Unattributed Author, Fisher's Catechism

When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, I think the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like.
      - Joseph Addison

O ye powers that search
  The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts,
    If I have done amiss, impute it not!
      The best may err, but you are good.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 4)

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
  [It., D'uomo e il fallir, ma dal malvagio il buono
    Scerne il dolor del fallo.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri, Rosmunda (III, 1)

True repentance is to cease from sin.
      - Saint Ambrose

God hath promised pardon to him that repenteth, but he hath not promised repentance to him that sinneth.
      - St. Anselm

Bad men are full of repentance.
      - Aristotle

Before God can deliver us from ourselves, we must undeceive ourselves.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

None but the guilty know the withering pains of repentance.
      - Hosea Ballou

True repentance also involves reform.
      - Hosea Ballou

Self-condemnation is God's absolution; and pleading guilty, acquittal at his bar.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Repentance is another name for aspiration.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Repentance is but another name for aspiration.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. XVII, v. 3)

Whoever . . . prefers the service of princes before his duty to his Creator, will be sure, early or late, to repent in vain.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay),
        The Prince and his Minister
         (chap. iii, fable iii)

Repentance is second innocence.
      - Louis Gabriel A. Bonald (Vicompte de Bonald)

The strongest proof of repentance is the endeavor to atone.
      - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies!
  Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue!
    The weeping messenger of grace from heav'n!
      - Sir Thomas Browne

He who seeks repentance for the past, should woo the angel virtue for the future.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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 George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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

Of all acts is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Repentance is a magistrate that exacts the strictest duty and humility.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

Slight sorrow for sin is sufficient, provided it at the same time produces amendment.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Some well-meaning Christians tremble for their salvation, because they have never gone through that valley of tears and of sorrow, which they have been taught to consider as an ordeal that must be passed through before they can arrive at regeneration. To satisfy such minds, it may be observed, that the slightest sorrow for sin is sufficient, if it produce amendment, and that the greatest is insufficient, if it do not.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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