141 Contrite Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of contrite quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about peace in christ.

Top 10 Contrite Quotes (BEST)

  1. 'The want of proper examination, true contrition, and a firm purpose of amendment, is the cause of bad confessions, and of the ruin of souls.' — Benedict Joseph Labre
  2. 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
  3. True faith begins with true repentance for whatever we have been doing that is wrong. — Rick Joyner
  4. True repentance includes sorrow for sin and contrition of heart. It breaks the heart with sighs and sobs and groans. — Thomas Brooks
  5. Humility has such power. Apologies can disarm arguments. Contrition can defuse rage. Olive branches do more good than battle axes ever will. — Max Lucado
  6. A Bayonet's contrition is nothing to the dead. — Emily Dickinson
  7. To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked. — Vittorio Alfieri
  8. The tender heart, the broken and contrite spirit, are to me far above all the joys that I could ever hope for in this vale of tears. — Charles Simeon
  9. God freely forgives us on account of Christnot on account of our works, contrition, confession, or satisfactions. — Martin Luther
  10. How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion. — Hosea Ballou

The Most Famous Contrite Quotes

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Every crime will bring remorse to the man who committed it — Juvenal

True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat. — F. H. Bradley

Man, wretched man, whene'er he stoops to sin, Feels, with the act, a strong remorse within. — Juvenal

Remorse is the fruit of crime. — Juvenal

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. — Seneca The Elder

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. — Seneca The Elder

There's a difference between remorse and repentance. Remorse is being sorry for being caught. Repentance is being sorry enough to stop. — Greg Laurie

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. — H. G. Wells

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy. — Isidore of Seville

Bad men are full of repentance. — Aristotle

Short Contrite Quotes

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  • Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind. — Ogden Nash
  • Accept these grateful tears...For thee they flow, for thee... That ever felt another's woe. — Homer
  • A man is sorry to be honest for nothing. — Ovid
  • It is sweet to mingle tears with tears; Griefs, where they wound in solitude, Wound more deeply. — Seneca
  • A consciousness of misfortunes arising from a man's own misconduct aggravates their bitterness. — Aesop
  • The origin of sorrow is this: to wish for something that does not come to pass. — Epictetus
  • There is a certain pleasure in weeping; grief finds in tears both a satisfaction and a cure. — Ovid
  • Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow. — Euripides

Contrite Heart Quotes

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Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. — Saint Augustine

A humble and contrite heart knows that it can merit nothing before God, and that all that is necessary is to be reconciled to one's helplessness and let our holy and almighty God care for us, just as an infant surrenders himself to his mother's care. — Ole Hallesby

Still stands thine ancient sacrifice - An humble and a contrite heart. — Rudyard Kipling

A heart renewed--a loving heart--a penitent and humble heart--a heart broken and contrite, purified by love--that and only that is the rest of men. Spotlessness may do for angels, repentance unto life is the highest that belongs to man. — Frederick William Robertson

Remorse is sorrow over being caught and the pain of consequences that follow. Repentance is not being concerned for ourselves but having a contrite heart. — Charles R. Swindoll

The spirit of non-violence necessarily leads to humility. Non-violence means reliance on God, the rock of ages. If we would seek his aid, we must approach Him with a humble and contrite heart. — Mahatma Gandhi

He who atones for sins never calculates; he pours out the whole essence of his contrite heart. — Mahatma Gandhi

Like sacrifices, prayer is intended to change man, not God. Its purpose is to cultivate a contrite heart, to promote feelings of humility and inadequacy in man, whilst encouraging reliance on Divine assistance. — Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits

Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of Heaven there are no barriers; the only password is prayer. — Hosea Ballou

The temple in which the Lord Jesus delights most, is a broken and contrite heart, renewed by the Holy Spirit. — J. C. Ryle

Peace In Christ Quotes

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The happiness promised us in Christ does not consist in outward advantages-such as leading a joyous and peaceful life, having rich possessions, being safe from all harm, and abounding with delights such as the flesh commonly longs after. No, our happiness belongs to the heavenly life! — John Calvin

The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, conservative versus liberal, East versus West . . . But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace. — Billy Graham

Christ died. He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better-His PEACE! — Matthew Henry

When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony. — Pope Pius XI

Affliction shows the power of Christ's blood, when it gives peace in an hour of trouble, when it can make happy in sickness, poverty, persecution and death. Do not be surprised if you suffer, but glorify God. — Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. — Thomas Merton

Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need. — Pope Francis

What is your peace all about? What is your comfort all about? Where do you get your love? Where do you get your talents? And I can turn to them and say without blinking, ‘Jesus Christ.’ — Zachary Levi

Meekness is calm confidence, settled assurance, and rest of the soul. It is the tranquil stillness of a soul that is at rest in Christ. It is the place of peace. Meekness springs from a heart of humility, radiating the fragrance of Christ. — Matthew Henry

You pray and make your requests made known unto God, and God will do something.' It is not your prayer that is going to do it, it is not you who is going to do it, but God. 'The peace of God that passeth all understanding'-He, through it all, 'will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus'. — Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Peace With God Quotes

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Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. — C. S. Lewis

Be not lax in celebrating. Be not lazy in the festive service of God. Be ablaze with enthusiasm. Let us be an alive, burning offering before the altar of God. — Hildegard of Bingen

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. — Robert E. Lee

Attack anything that makes you feel unworthy, inadequate, hopeless, powerless and useless. That is the evidence of the enemy. All those things need to be attacked with joy, with peace, with love and grace, with mercy, with kindness and the goodness of God. — Graham Cooke

I am at peace with God and all mankind. — Harriet Tubman

Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God, which, if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love. — John of the Cross

Keep honoring God with your life, stay in peace, trust His timing and God will open doors that no man can shut. — Joel Osteen

Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. — David Ben-Gurion

Life is so precious. Please, please, let's love one another, live each day, reach out to each other, be kind to each other. Peace be with you. God is great. — Julia Roberts

Only a few people seem to realize that social harmony and peace with nature, between people, and within the individual only can come about when the material and spiritual realms are reconciled. — Fethullah Gulen

Value Your Peace Quotes

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Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny. — Mahatma Gandhi

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way. — Stephen Covey

As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others. — Stephen Covey

People who put my paintings on their walls are putting their values on their walls: faith, family, home, a simpler way of living, the beauty of nature, quiet, tranquillity, peace, joy, hope. They beckon you into this world that provides an alternative to your nightly news broadcast. — Thomas Kincade

If you value your safety, avoid holy places founded in the name of peace and brotherhood. — Ashleigh Brilliant

It is the Divine Presence that gives value to life. This Presence is the source of all peace, all joy, all security. Find this Presence in yourself and all your difficulties will disappear. — Mirra Alfassa

People who put my paintings on their walls are putting their values on their walls: faith, family, home, a simpler way of living, the beauty of nature, quiet, tranquillity, peace, joy, hope. They beckon you into this world that provides an alternative to your nightly news broadcast. — Thomas Kinkade

More than life, I value vindication. When you are at peace with the truth and you know that you are on the side of the right and God is on your side, you are not afraid of anything, including jail. — Imelda Marcos

Peace In The Lord Quotes

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Peace has in it trust in the Lord, that He governs all things, provides all things, and leads to a good end. — Emanuel Swedenborg

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. — Isaiah

This is strength; this is peace; to feel, in entering on every day, that all its duties and trials have been committed to the Lord Jesus - that, come what may, He will use us for His own glory and our real good! — John Gibson Paton

If then you remain constant in faith in the face of trial, the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world, and forever in the next. — St. Jerome

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving. — Joseph Auslander

The Lord IS my shepherd. Not was, not may be, nor will be. . . is my shepherd on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year, is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and is in war; in abundance, and in penury. — Hudson Taylor

It is possible for us to live in the very sense of the Lord's presence, under even the most difficult circumstances. If you and I are going to enjoy the peace of paradise during this life we must become accustomed to a familiar, humble, and very affectionate conversation with the Lord Jesus. — Brother Lawrence

I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace. — Thomas Becket

It is not in understanding a set of doctrines; not in outward comprehension of the "scheme of salvation," that rest and peace are to be found, but in taking up, in all lowliness and meekness, the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ. — Frederick William Robertson

It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have. — Rick Joyner

Forgive Us Lord Quotes

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It is in our forgiveness of other people’s sins against us that we reveal the fact that we have been truly forgiven by God. — Alistair Begg

When Allah grants us the sense to ask Him for forgiveness, then He has granted us a huge favor. It's a sign that He wants to forgive us. — Nouman Ali Khan

There is no inconsistency in God's commanding us not to take upon ourselves what belongs to Him alone. For to execute vengeance belongs to none but Him who is Lord of all; for when the powers of the world rightly accomplish this end, God himself does it who appointed them for the purpose. — Anselm of Canterbury

Sometimes I wonder will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize God left this place a long time ago. — Leonardo DiCaprio

We are all sinners. But may the Lord not let us be hypocrites. Hypocrites don’t know the meaning of forgiveness, joy and the love of God. — Pope Francis

We are to forgive so that we may enjoy God's goodness without feeling the weight of anger burning deep within our hearts. Forgiveness does not mean we recant the fact that what happened to us was wrong. Instead, we roll our burdens onto the Lord and allow Him to carry them for us. — Charles Stanley

In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come. — Madeleine L'Engle

We cannot ask forgiveness over and over again for our sins, and then return to our sins, expecting God to forgive us. We must turn from our practice of sin as best we know how, and turn to Christ by faith as our Lord and Savior. — Billy Graham

The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us. It was with such love that the Lord loved the world. — Marcus Eremita

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways! Re-clothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives thy service find, In deeper reverence praise — John Greenleaf Whittier

Contrition Quotes

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. — Washington Irving

The tumalt and shouting dies, The captains and the kings depart. Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heat. Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget, lest we forget. — Rudyard Kipling

The social disease of political correctness has entered daily life, inverting good to bad and attempting to rewrite proud histories as an imposition of white supremacy for which we all should make contrition. — Robert Agostinelli

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. — Thomas Aquinas

We in the church have humility and contrition to offer the world, not a formula for success. Almost alone in our success-oriented society, we admit that we have failed, are failing, and always will fail. — Philip Yancey

I bet Richard Fuld doesn't have an ounce of contrition. It's just megalomania. When it's like that, you need rules to prevent catastrophe. When banks are borrowing the government's credit rating, you need rules to prevent stupid things. — Charlie Munger

Borderlines create the vicious circles they fear most. They become angry and drive the relationship to the breaking point, then switch to a posture of helplessness and contrition, beg for reconciliation. If both parties are equally enmeshed, chaos and conflict become the soul of the relationship. — Theodore Millon

We fancy that our afflictions are sent us directly from above; sometimes we think it in piety and contrition, but oftener in moroseness and discontent. — Walter Savage Landor

A fitting room to me has always been like a confessional ... where my body and my contrition take up the entire room. — Erma Bombeck

Only as we bow in contrition, confession, and repentance at the foot of the cross, can we find forgiveness. There is the grace of God. — Billy Graham

People Writing About Contrite

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More Contrite Quotes

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I think when somebody seeks mercy and forgiveness and means it, and I was with [Donald Trump] the entire time, including when he learned about this, people ought to think about that. They ought to think about when somebody asks you for forgiveness contrite and for mercy - are you willing to give it? — Kellyanne Conway

Behold Jesus Christ crucified, Who is the only foundation of our hope; He is our Mediator and Advocate; the victim and sacrifice for our sins. He is goodness and patience itself; His mercy is moved by the tears of sinners, and He never refuses pardon and grace to those who ask it with a truly contrite and humbled heart. — Carlo Borromeo

When asked to make the formal declaration that I did not intend to overthrow the Constitution of the United States, I was fool enough to reply that I had no such purpose, but that were I to do it by mistake I should be inexpressibly contrite. — Peter Medawar

I am immensely contrite. And I'm sorry for the damage I've done. — Jayson Blair

First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn't believe and doesn't seek the faith. Premise that - and it's the fundamental thing - the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn't believe in God lies in obeying one's conscience. — Pope Francis

Stick me in a confessional and ask the question: Sir, if you had the authority, would you forbid smoking in America? You'd get a solemn and contrite, Yes. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

Every contrition for sin is apt to encourage a not quite charitable wish that other people should exhibit a similar contrition. — Charles Williams

Pardon me, O perfections of my God, for having preferred imperfect and evil inclinations to Thee! Pardon me, O justice of my God, for having outraged Thee by my sins. Pardon me, O holiness of my God, for having so long stained Thy sight's purity by my sins. Pardon me, O mercy of my God, for having despised so long Thy mercy's voice. In deep sorrow and contrition, I cast myself at Thy feet: Have mercy on me. — Ignatius of Loyola

Love has no charm when Love is swept to earth: you'd make a lop-winged god, frozen and contrite, of god up-darting, winged for passionate flight. — Hilda Doolittle

all mankind, not excluding Americans, are sinners--miserable sinners, as even no few Bostonians themselves nowadays contritely respond in the liturgy. — Herman Melville

All of us should be much more humble and contrite when we point the finger at somebody else, because four more fingers are pointing back at us. — Michael Eric Dyson

I'm not trying to justify myself, or say I'm not sorry, or not contrite. — Lance Armstrong

Evil is retributive: every trespass slips fetters on the will, holds the soul in durance till contrition and repentance restore it to liberty. — Amos Bronson Alcott

You have to be a little contrite to get redemption. — Steve Madden

I shall never send for a priest or recite an Act of Contrition in my last moments. I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of such a person. — Mary McCarthy

I divested myself of despair and fear when I came here. Now there is no more catching one's own eye in the mirror, there are no bad books, no plastic, no insurance premiums, and of cours eno illness. Contrition does not exist, nor gnashing of teeth. No one howls as the first clod of earth hits the casket. The poor we no longer have with us. Our calm hearts strike only the hour, and God, as promised, proves to be mercy clothed in light. — Jane Kenyon

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