Guilt Quotes, Sayings about being guilty

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

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 is oftentimes the strongest witness against itself.
– Edward Counsel

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

A guilty conscience never feels secure.
Publilius Syrus

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

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


The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
– Geoffrey Chaucer

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

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

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

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

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

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.

Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.
– Horace Bushnell

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

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

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

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 rope that wears thin.
Ayn Rand


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

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

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

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

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