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He [Cato] used to say that in all his life he never repented but of three things. The first was that he had trusted a woman with a secret; the second that he had gone by sea when he might have gone by land; and the third, that had passed one day without having a will by him.

Plutarch Quotes , Source: Life of Cato (vol. II, p. 495), (Langhorne's translation)

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The dream is short, repentance long. [Ger., Der Wahn ist kurtz, die Reu ist lang.]

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Quotes , Source: Lied von der Glocke

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It is never too late to turn from the errors of our ways: He who repents of his sins is almost innocent. [Lat., Nam sera nunquam est ad bonos mores via. Quem peonitet peccasse, paene est innocens.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Agamemnon (242)

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God never repents of what He has first resolved upon. [Lat., Nec unquam primi consilii deos peonitet.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: De Beneficiis (VI, 23)

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What then? What rests? Try what repentance can. What can it not? Yet what can it when one cannot repent? O wretched state? O bosom black as death! O limed soul, that struggling to be free Art more engaged!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, iii)

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Well, I'll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in some liking. I shall be out of heart shortly, and then I shall have no strength to repent.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at III, iii)

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Under your good correction, I have seen When, after execution, judgment hath Repented o'er his doom.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Measure for Measure (Provost at II, ii)

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That it may please you leave these sad designs To him that hath most cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby House; Where--after I have solemnly interred At Chertsey monast'ry with noble king-- And wet his grave with my repentant tears-- I will with all expedient duty see you.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, ii)

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Repentance follows hasty counsels. [Lat., Velox consilium sequitur poenitentia.]

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims

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Take care not to begin anything of which you may repent. [Lat., Cave ne quidquam incipias, quod post poeniteat.]

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims

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

Francis H. Bradley Quotes

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

Walter Brower Quotes

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From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance.

Italian Proverb Quotes

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

J. C. Macaulay Quotes

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Repentance for silence is better than repentance for speaking.

Moorish Proverb Quotes

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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.

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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

Henry Miller Quotes

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True repentance is to cease from sinning.

Ambrose Of Milan Quotes

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

Josh Billings Quotes

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It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.

Josh Billings Quotes

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

Thomas Fuller Quotes

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Repentance is another name for aspiration.

Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

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Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Bad men are full of repentance.

Aristotle Quotes

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