Remorse Related Quotes

One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.

Victor Hugo

A wise man has said: 'Only a Christian can live wholly in the present, for to him the past is pardoned and the future is safe in God.' ...the Christian life must be a life without regrets, without remorse.

Evelyn Underhill

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

William Shakespeare

“Remorse --is Memory --awake --/ Her Parties all astir --/ A Presence of Departed Acts --/ At window --and at Door --”

Emily Dickinson

I take my chances. I can't cling to remorse or regret.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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

Henry Miller

The nation wept tears of remorse for their leader: the tear-gas accomplished what was expected.


Piscary killed people, but he didnâ??t have the concept of pity or remorse. It would be like telling a shark he was a bad fish and to stop eating people. But Trent? He knew he was doing wrong, and he did it anyway.

Kim Harrison

It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.

Yann Martel

The critical question about regret is whether experience led to growth and new learning. Some people seem to keep on making the same mistakes, while others at least make new ones. Regret and remorse can be either paralyzing or inspiring. [p. 199]

Mary Catherine Bateson