Guilt Quotes

Nothing is more wretched that the mind of a man conscious of guilt.

Plautus

The fearful face usually betrays great guilt.

Seneca

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

William Shakespeare

Let guilty men remember, their black deeds Do lean on crutches made of slender reeds.

John Webster

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

Guilt is anything you did and fear others to know about

Mohammad

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

Guilt is the source of sorrow, 'tis the fiend,Th' avenging fiend, that follows us behindWith whips and stings.

Nicholas Rowe

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

Voltaire

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,

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Updated On : September 08, 2013
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