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

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

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
— Vittorio Alfieri

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

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.
— contrite quotation by Charles Simeon