Guilt Quotes

Let never man be bold enough to say, Thus, and no farther shall my passion stray: The first crime, past, compels us into more, And guilt grows fate, that was but choice, before. (Athelwold, Act V) - Aaron Hill

 

Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt. [La., Hic murus aeneus esto, Nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa] - Horace [Quintus Horacius Flaccus]

 

Sin, guilt, neurosis - they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge. - Henry V. Miller

 

Blest tears of soul-felt penitence! In whose benign, redeeming flow Is felt the first, the only sense Of guiltless joy that guilt can know. - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

 

The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is, to die. - Oliver Goldsmith

 

Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing. - Hannah Arendt

 

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. - Jane Austen

 

O, white innocence, That thou shoulds't wear the mask of guilt to hide Thine awful and serenest countenance From those who know thee not! - Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Father of Light! great God of Heaven! Hear'st thou the accents of despair? Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven? Can vice atone for crimes by prayer? - Lord Byron

 

Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, the midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar; invades the sacred hour of silent rest and leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast. - Samuel Johnson

 

The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes.-E. Stanley Jones

 

The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica.-Frederic William Farrar

 

The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.-John Clayton

 

The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured.-Ryszard Kapuscinski

 

The guilt of newborns is immense.-Georg Trakl

 

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.-Nathaniel Parker Willis

 

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The price that one pays for refusing to act on the truth as one sees it, is to be led to believe untruth to avoid guilt.-Kenneth L. Pike

 

The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.-Walter Scott

 

The treason of which I stand convicted loses all its guilt, has been sanctified as a duty, and will be ennobled as a sacrifice.-Thomas Francis Meagher

 

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.-Ayn Rand

 

There is no such thing as collective guilt.-Kurt Waldheim

 

There's no regret. You can't regret. I mean, I've felt regret but I've also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don't believe it. You feel it, it's like guilt, it's like jealousy, it's like all those horrible things. You've just got to snip them and get them out, because they're no good.-Jude Law

 

To have guilt you've got to earn guilt, but sometimes when you earn it, you don't feel the guilt you ought to have. And that's what The Firebombing is about.-James Dickey

 

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.-John Kenneth Galbraith

 

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.-R. D. Laing

 

Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.-Susan Sontag

 

Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.-Omar N. Bradley

 

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.-Franz Kafka

 

We have made drugs an Olympic event. It receives most of the coverage at the Games and even the suspicion of guilt can ruin a reputation for life.-Bill Toomey

 

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?-John Steinbeck

 

I hope and trust the infinite, the eternal, and merciful and loving God. I worship Him and feel no guilt in my heart before him for what I am going to do.-Alex Campbell

 

I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.-Ben Hecht

 

I mean, I felt terrible. And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated. I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel, and the responsibility?-Monica Lewinsky

 

I saw my parents as gods whose every wish must be obeyed or I would suffer the penalty of anguish and guilt.-Natalie Wood

 

I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.-Edward Burns

 

I think every parent, every generation has wanted their children to do better and have a higher standard of living. But I think there's too much guilt.-Phil McGraw

 

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!-Arianna Huffington

 

I walk around feeling a sort of existential guilt all the time; and honestly for me this house is a way of feeling less guilty about the universe.-Julia Louis-Dreyfus

 

I wanted to show a normal young girl whose only difference was that she behaved in the way a boy might, without any sense of guilt on a moral or sexual level.-Roger Vadim

 

I'm a bit of a worrier, to an extreme. I'll crack a joke, then worry if I've offended someone - even when they're laughing. I have a guilt complex, always worrying.-Sophia Bush

 

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.-Edna O'Brien

 

I'm happiest at home hanging out with the kids... Having a family has been my saving grace because I don't work back to back on anything or I'd drive myself to an early grave with guilt and worry for my family, whom I'd never see.-Jude Law

 

I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.-George Soros

 

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.-Charlotte Bronte

 

If I leave my computer, I'm probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.-Raymond E. Feist

 

If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be.-William Throsby Bridges

 

In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.-Gilbert Parker

 

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.-Friedrich Schiller