62 Best Quotes About Guilt

Saying sorry doesn’t mean there isn’t guilt and forgiving doesn’t mean the pain is gone

Saying sorry doesn’t mean there isn’t guilt and forgiving doesn’t mean the pain is gone

The guilty think all talk is of themselves. - Chaucer

The guilty think all talk is of themselves. – Chaucer

The only things you give yourself when you cheat are fear and guilt.

The only things you give yourself when you cheat are fear and guilt.

To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent. - Pubblius Syrus

To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent. – Pubblius Syrus

Where guilt is, rage and courage doth abound. - Ben Jonson

Where guilt is, rage and courage doth abound. – Ben Jonson

Whoever profits by the crime is guilty of it.

Whoever profits by the crime is guilty of it.

Worry looks around, fear looks back, faith looks up, guilt looks down, but I look forward.

Worry looks around, fear looks back, faith looks up, guilt looks down, but I look forward.

You're making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we're at the center of the universe. We're not. - Gloria Whelan

You’re making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we’re at the center of the universe. We’re not. – Gloria Whelan

Don’t feel guilty, you should have felt it before.

Don’t feel guilty, you should have felt it before.

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do. - Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. – Voltaire

Fake coughing in front of smokers just to make them feel guilty!

Fake coughing in front of smokers just to make them feel guilty!

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.– Lillian Hellman

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.– Lillian Hellman

Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. -Veronica Roth

Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. -Veronica Roth

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear. - Junius

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear. – Junius

Guilt and no guilt: these were the worst things. The only thing worse than the guilt was the fear of getting caught. - Elin Hilderbrand

Guilt and no guilt: these were the worst things. The only thing worse than the guilt was the fear of getting caught. – Elin Hilderbrand

Guilt can quickly turn into regret and self- pity. The only way out is through acceptance and forgiveness.

Guilt can quickly turn into regret and self- pity. The only way out is through acceptance and forgiveness.

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. - Henry Fielding

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. – Henry Fielding

Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion. - Lynn Crilly

Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion. – Lynn Crilly

Guilt is a rope that wears thin. - Ayn Rand

Guilt is a rope that wears thin. – Ayn Rand

Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction--only enough to make you useless. - Daniel Nayeri

Guilt is a useless feeling. It’s never enough to make you change direction–only enough to make you useless. – Daniel Nayeri

Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience. - Tom Hodgkinson

Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience. – Tom Hodgkinson

Guilt is always hungry, don't let it consume you. - Terri Guillemets

Guilt is always hungry, don’t let it consume you. – Terri Guillemets

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression. - William Congreve

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression. – William Congreve

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. - Audre Lorde

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. – Audre Lorde

Guilt is oftentimes the strongest witness against itself. - Edward Counsel

Guilt is oftentimes the strongest witness against itself. – Edward Counsel

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Guilt is really self- condemnation and self-invalidation of our worth and value as a human being. - David R. Hawkins

Guilt is really self- condemnation and self-invalidation of our worth and value as a human being. – David R. Hawkins

Guilt is something small people feel when they run out of excuses for their behavior. - Gaius Baltar

Guilt is something small people feel when they run out of excuses for their behavior. – Gaius Baltar

Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway. - Isabelle Holland

Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway. – Isabelle Holland

Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings. - Nicholas Rowe

Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings. – Nicholas Rowe

Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow. - Horace Bushnell

Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow. – Horace Bushnell

Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great. -  Samuel Johnson

Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great. – Samuel Johnson

Guilt: punishing yourself before God doesn't. - Alan Cohen

Guilt: punishing yourself before God doesn’t. – Alan Cohen

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. - Erma Bombeck

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. – Erma Bombeck

Guilt's just your ego's way of tricking you into thinking that you're making moral progress. Don't fall for it, my dear. - Elizabeth Gilbert

Guilt’s just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking that you’re making moral progress. Don’t fall for it, my dear. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Guilty people answer questions with a question.

Guilty people answer questions with a question.

He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation. - Thomas Fuller

He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation. – Thomas Fuller

He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level. - Charles James

He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level. – Charles James

He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.

He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.

I can learn to live with guilt. I don’t care about being good.– Holly Black

I can learn to live with guilt. I don’t care about being good.– Holly Black

What is guilt? It is moral self-reproach--I did wrong when it was possible to have done otherwise. - Nathaniel Branden

What is guilt? It is moral self-reproach–I did wrong when it was possible to have done otherwise. – Nathaniel Branden

I say ‘sorry’ a lot. Mostly because I feel like everything is my fault.

I say ‘sorry’ a lot. Mostly because I feel like everything is my fault.

I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did.I don’t.– Veronica Roth

I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did.I don’t.– Veronica Roth

If you need someone to blame, throw a rock in the air, you’ll hit someone guilty.

If you need someone to blame, throw a rock in the air, you’ll hit someone guilty.

It has always seemed that a fear of judgement is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.– Criss Jami

It has always seemed that a fear of judgement is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.– Criss Jami

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.– Anthony de Mello

When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.– Anthony de Mello

If you’ve had the right kind of education, it’s amazing how many things you can find to feel guilty about.– Pete McCarthy

If you’ve had the right kind of education, it’s amazing how many things you can find to feel guilty about.– Pete McCarthy

It’s funny how guilty people start to question your spirituality and education only because they have nothing to say that will justify their faults.- – J.B. Albano

It’s funny how guilty people start to question your spirituality and education only because they have nothing to say that will justify their faults.- – J.B. Albano

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.– Franz Kafka

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.– Franz Kafka

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it. - Stefan Zweig

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it. – Stefan Zweig

Only a guilty man runs.

Only a guilty man runs.

Our guilt has its uses. It justifies much in the lives of others.– Max Frisch

Our guilt has its uses. It justifies much in the lives of others.– Max Frisch

People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time. - Rust Cohle

People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time. – Rust Cohle

People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.– Eckhart Tolle

People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.– Eckhart Tolle

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt. - Saint Augustine

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt. – Saint Augustine

Secret guilt is by silence revealed.– John Dryden

Secret guilt is by silence revealed.– John Dryden

Successful guilt is the bane of society. - Publilius Syrus

Successful guilt is the bane of society. – Publilius Syrus

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.– William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.– William Shakespeare

The best way to owe an apology is just to feel real guilt for what you have done, simple but best, real and true.

The best way to owe an apology is just to feel real guilt for what you have done, simple but best, real and true.

The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between ‘I am bad’ and ‘I did something bad.– Brene Brown

The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between ‘I am bad’ and ‘I did something bad.– Brene Brown

The guilt you feel finally comes to an end when you fully express how it came into your consciousness. - Luke Garner

The guilt you feel finally comes to an end when you fully express how it came into your consciousness. – Luke Garner

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