Guilt Quotes, Sayings about being guilty

The difference between guilt and shame is very clear – in theory. We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are. A person feels guilt because he did something wrong. A person feels shame because he is something wrong. We may feel guilty because we lied to our mother. We may feel shame because we are not the person our mother wanted us to be.
– Lewis B. Smedes

Shame and guilt are noble emotions essential in the maintenance of civilized society, and vital for the development of some of the most refined and elegant qualities of human potential.
– Willard Gaylin

Guilt is an indulgence, it entangles you in the past.
– Gregg Hurwitz

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

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

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others – at what they did or did not do.
– Peter McWilliams

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

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Guilt is present in the very hesitation, even though the deed be not committed.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Guilt is the one burden human beings can’t bear alone.
Anais Nin

A guilty conscience never feels secure.
Publilius Syrus

Guilt is the sum total of: All the negative feelings we have ever had about ourselves! Any form of self-hatred, self-rejection, feelings of worthlessness, sinfulness, inferiority, incompetence, failure, or emptiness. The feeling that there are things in us that are lacking or missing or incomplete.
– Kenneth Wapnick

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

He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation.
– Proverb

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

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.

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Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.
– Horace Bushnell

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

In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.
Criss Jami

Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.
Veronica Roth

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge.
– Audre Lorde

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.
– Plautus

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

With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.
Zig Ziglar

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

Secret guilt is by silence revealed.
John Dryden

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The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between “I am bad” and “I did something bad”.
Brene Brown

Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.
Brene Brown

Whoever profits by the crime is guilty of it.

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

Guilty people answer questions with a question.

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