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Repentance

  • Life is a slate where all our sins are written; from time to time we rub the sponge of repentance over it so we can begin sinning again.

    • George Sand,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • ... no one is more trustworthy than the repentant sinner who has been found out.

  • Repentance is a one-faced Janus, ever looking to the past.

  • Repentance is not completed by a single act, it must be incorporated into our mind, till it become a fixed state, arising from a continual sense of our need of it.

  • ... if I inflict wounds, I heal them.

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1670, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 1 ()
  • The danger with feelings of penitence is that we allow them to take the place of those actions that are its true manifestation.