The greatest incitement to guilt is the hope of sinning with impunity.
Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway
The gods Grow angry with your patience. 'Tis their care, And must be yours, that guilty men escape not: As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself.
The fearful face usually betrays great guilt.
And then it started, like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons.
A guilty conscience never feels secure.
Guilt is a spiritual Rubicon.
We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.
Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.
Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.
Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.
The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
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.
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.
Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
Guilt soon learns to lie.
Thou need'st not answer; thy confession speaks, Already redd'ning in thy guilty cheeks.
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!
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
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