Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


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. St. 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.
Coleridge—Remorse. Act I. Sc. 1.

Man, wretched man, whene’er he stoops to sin,
Feels, with the act, a strong remorse within.
Juvenal—Satires. Satire XIII. L. 1. Wm. Gifford’s trans.

Farewell, remorse: all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good.
Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 108.

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.
Rousseau—Confessions. I. II.

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!
Scott—Marmion. Canto III. St. 13.

Abandon all remorse;
On horror’s head horrors accumulate.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 369.