Do you suppose heaven is like earth, where people persuade themselves that what is done can be undone by repentance; that what is spoken can be unspoken...
The moral is a monkish one: repent and reform now; for to-morrow it may be too late.
What attracts and impresses us in El Burlador de Sevilla is not the immediate urgency of repentance, but the heroism of daring to be the enemy of God.
True, he also proposes to repent; but in what terms?
Of that antagonist, and of that conception of repentance, how much is left that could be used in a play by me dedicated to you?
Octavius knows that I would not turn any truly contrite and repentant woman from your doors.
But I have sincerely repented; I have confessed.
Well: have you repented yet?
Even the more abstract parts of the Don Juan play are dilapidated past use: for instance, Don Juan’s supernatural antagonist hurled those who refuse to repent into lakes of burning brimstone, there to be tormented by devils with horns and tails.
I have too much consideration for you to repent, Don Gonzalo.
You repent, do you not?
But if you should change your mind, do not forget that the gates are always open here to the repentant prodigal.
Before it is too late for repentance.
You suddenly see that Shakespear, with all his flashes and divinations, never understood virtue and courage, never conceived how any man who was not a fool could, like Bunyan’s hero, look back from the brink of the river of death over the strife and labor of his pilgrimage, and say "yet do I not repent me"; or, with the panache of a millionaire, bequeath "my sword to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it."
This is really the only point on which Don Juan is sceptical; for he is a devout believer in an ultimate hell, and risks damnation only because, as he is young, it seems so far off that repentance can be postponed until he has amused himself to his heart’s content.
There are no more uses of "repentance" in the book.
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Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.