Remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by a person after he or she has committed an act which they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or violent. Remorse is closely allied to guilt and self-directed resentment. When a person regrets an earlier action or failure to act, it may be because of remorse or in response to various other consequences, including being punished for the act or omission.
- Farewell, remorse: all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good.
- The real affliction of old age is remorse.
- Cesare Pavese, The moon and the bonfire, chapter VIII, p. 49.
- High minds, of native pride and force,
Most deeply feel thy pangs, Remorse;
Fear, for their scourge, mean villains have,
Thou art the torturer of the brave!
- Walter Scott, Marmion (1808), Canto III, Stanza 13.
- Abandon all remorse;
On horror's head horrors accumulate.
- Avoidance of sin is much better than the pain of remorse.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 665.
- Cruel Remorse! where Youth and Pleasure sport,
And thoughtless Folly keeps her court,—
Crouching 'midst rosy bowers thou lurk'st unseen
Slumbering the festal hours away,
While Youth disports in that enchanting scene;
Till on some fated day
Thou with a tiger-spring dost leap upon thy prey,
And tear his helpless breast, o'erwhelmed with wild dismay.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld, Ode to Remorse, Stanza 6.
- Remorse is as the heart in which it grows;
If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews
Of true repentance; but if proud and gloomy,
It is the poison tree, that pierced to the inmost
Weeps only tears of poison.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Remorse, Act I, scene 1.
- Man, wretched man, whene'er he stoops to sin,
Feels, with the act, a strong remorse within.
- Juvenal, Satires, Satire XIII, line 1. William Gifford's translation.
- Le remords s'endort durant un destin prospère et s'aigrit dans l'adversité.
- Remorse goes to sleep during a prosperous period and wakes up in adversity.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions, I, II.