Guilt Quotes

From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.

William Wordsworth

The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.

Conte Vittorio Alfieri

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

Martin Luther King Jr

You cut up a thing that's alive and beautiful to find out how it's alive and why it's beautiful, and before you know it, it's neither of those things, and you're standing there with blood on your face and tears in your sight and only the terrible ache of guilt to show for it.

Clive Barker

I have half a conscience to go ahead and do it, and feel guilty afterwards

Unknown

Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty

Ulysses Simpson Grant

The fearful face usually betrays great guilt.

Seneca

And then it started, like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons.

William Shakespeare

We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.

Vauvenargues

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.

William Shakespeare

Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.

Thomas Paine

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

Samuel Johnson

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

William Shakespeare

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

Voltaire

Innocence is the weakest defense. Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, "I didn't do it." Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies.

Leonand F. Peltier

Shame is closely related to guilt, but there is a key qualitative difference. No audience is needed for feelings of guilt, no one else need know, for the guilty person is his own judge. Not so for shame. The humiliation of shame requires disapproval or ridicule by others. If no one ever learns of a misdeed there will be no shame, but there still might be guilt. Of course, there may be both. The distinction between shame and guilt is very important, since these two emotions may tear a person in opposite directions. The wish to relieve guilt may motivate a confession, but the wish to avoid the humiliation of shame may prevent it.

Paul Ekman,

Guilt is a rope that wears thin.

Ayn Rand,

Guilt soon learns to lie.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

God hath yoked to guilt her pale tormentor,--misery.

William Cullen Bryant

Thou need'st not answer; thy confession speaks, Already redd'ning in thy guilty cheeks.

Lord Byron

To what gulfs A single deviation from the track Of human duties leads even those who claim The homage of mankind as their born due, And find it, till they forfeit it themselves!

Lord Byron

Fraud and falsehood are his weak and treacherous allies; and he lurks trembling in the dark, dreading every ray of light, lest it should discover him, and give him up to shame and punishment.

Henry Fielding

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 Fox

I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone

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Updated On : September 08, 2013
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