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Peter the painter, along with others, submitted his price to the local council to paint the seaside resort’s historical lighthouse and won the contract.
After painting only half way up the lighthouse he suddenly realised he had grossly underestimated the amount of paint it would require to finish the job.
Undaunted, and determined not to lose any money on the deal, he added a fair quantity of turpentine to the remaining paint. After completing the job, Peter went into the pub opposite and treated himself to a gratifying pint. Taking his drink to the front window of the pub, he casually glanced across to the lighthouse. As the evening sun fell across it, to his horror, Peter’s cost-saving efforts to augment the paint supply for the top half of the structure stood out like a sore thumb.
In despair, he ran outside, shook his fists at the lighthouse and shouted: ‘What am I supposed to do now?’
Suddenly, a voice thundered out of the clouds: ‘Repaint, my son. And thin no more!’ Anon
Suppose we repented? Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot starring Stephen Brennan & Barry McGovern & Johnny Murphy & Sam McGovern et al, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Vladimir
A Christian is a man who feels
Repentance on a Sunday
For what he did on Saturday
And is going to do on Monday. Thomas Russell Ybarra, The Christian, 1909
What is the point of confessing if I don’t repent? The Godfather III 1990 starring Al Pacino & Andy Garcia & Diane Keaton & Talia Shire & Sofia Coppola & George Hamilton & Bridget Fonda & Eli Wallach & Joe Mantegna & Richard Bright & Raf Vallone et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Michael
The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. Billy Graham
The spirit burning but unbent,
May writhe, rebel – the weak alone repent! Lord Byron, The Corsair
Repentance is the virtue of weak minds. John Dryden, 1631-1700, The Indian Emperor
Repentance is but want of power to sin. John Dryden
But with the morning cool repentance came. Walter Scott, ‘Rob Roy’
I am withered like an old apple-john. 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. And I have not forgotten what the inside of a church is made of. I am a peppercorn, a brewer’s horse – the inside of a church! Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me. William Shakespeare, I Henry IV III iii 4-10, Sir John to Russell
When wilt thou leave fighting o’days, and foining o’nights, and begin to patch up thine old body for heaven? William Shakespeare, II Henry IV II iv 233-235, Doll Tearsheet to Sir John
We are all diseased,
And with our surfeiting and wanton hours
Have brought ourselves into a burning ever,
And we must bleed for it ...
To diet rank minds, sick of happiness ...
I have in equal balance justly weighed
What wrongs our arms may do, what wrongs we suffer,
And find our griefs heavier that our offences.
We see which way the stream of time doth run,
And are enforced from out most quiet shore
By the rough torrent of occasion. ibid. IV i 54-47&64&67-72, Archbishop of York
Yet what can it when one cannot repent?
O wretched state! William Shakespeare, Hamlet III iii 66-67, King
Confess yourself to heaven;
Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come;
And do not spread the compost of the weeds,
To make them ranker. ibid. III iv 150-153
I do repent; but heaven hath pleased it so,
To punish me with this, and this with me,
That I must be their scourge and minister. ibid. III iv 174-176
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
Who with repentance is not satisfied, is not of heaven, nor earth. George Eliot, Middlemarch
Men are born to sin ... What does matter most, is not that we err, it is that we do benefit from our mistakes, that we are capable of sincere repentance, of genuine contrition. Sharon Kay Penman, The Sunne in Splendour
... in the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again from the affliction we are fallen into ... Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
God does not demand that every man attain to what is theoretically highest and best. It is better to be a good street sweeper than a bad writer, better to be a good bartender than a bad doctor, and the repentant thief who died with Jesus on Calvary was far more perfect than the holy ones who had Him nailed to the cross. And yet, abstractly speaking, what is more holy than the priesthood and less holy than the state of a criminal? The dying thief had, perhaps, disobeyed the will of God in many things: but in the most important event of his life He listened and obeyed. The Pharisees had kept the law to the letter and had spent their lives in the pursuit of a most scrupulous perfection. But they were so intent upon perfection as an abstraction that when God manifested His will and His perfection in a concrete and definite way they had no choice but to reject it. Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
Repentance was never yet produced in any man’s heart apart from the grace of God. As soon may you expect the leopard to regret the blood with which its fangs are moistened – as soon might you expect the lion of the wood to abjure his cruel tyranny over the feeble beasts of the plain, as expect the sinner to make any confession, or offer any repentance that shall be accepted of God, unless grace shall first renew the heart. Charles H Spurgeon
There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly and lovingly of it. Charles H Spurgeon
And here, shipmates, is true and faithful repentance; not clamorous for pardon, but grateful for punishment. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
I think the message of repentance, the message of forgiveness, are deeply personal concepts ... I helped negotiate a Good Friday Agreement that got the people who shot me out of prison. Gerry Adams, The Bible: A History: Jesus
You have no repentance. You’re bad. Through and through bad. East of Eden 1955 starring James Dean & Julie Harris & Raymond Massey & Burl Ives & Richard Davalos & Jo van Fleet & Albert Dekker & Lois Smith & Timothy Carey & Harold Gordon & Barbara Baxley & Lonny Chapman et al, director Elia Kazan, father to son
Repentance, Rumpole, it’s the only way. Rumpole of the Bailey s7e6: Rumpole on Trial, Ballard
God … you know me. You know my heart, God. Please forgive me. I’ve done bad things. Many bad things: adultery, I sold drugs, pimped … I killed people. Please forgive me. I’m sorry if I offended you. Ray Donovan s7e10: You’ll Never Walk Alone, Mickey, Showtime 2017
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. Oscar Wilde
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:6
And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. Exodus 32:14