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25 Quotes on Guilt

Learn from these greats what guilt feels like.

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” ― Voltaire

“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent

“Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action.” ― Audre Lorde

“I get up and pace the room, as if I can leave my guilt behind me. But it tracks me as I walk, an ugly shadow made by myself.” ― Rosamund Lupton, Sister

“There is no client as scary as an innocent man." ― Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer

“Guilt isn't always a rational thing, Clio realized. Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.” ― Maureen Johnson, Girl at Sea

“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“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, Divergent

“We see our sins reflected everywhere: in the pallor of our intimates’ faces, in the scratching of tree branches against windows, in the strange movements of everyday objects.” ― Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

“Feel no guilt. Getting married and giving birth does not mean that you have sold your life away to perfectly healthy people who can get their own damn socks.” ― Jennifer Crusie

“So full of artless jealousy is guilt,

It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.” ― Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

“My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.” ― Franz Kafka

“Sometimes I just want to paint the words "It's my fault" across my forehead to save people the time of being pissed off at me.” ― Christina Westover

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.” ― Voltaire, Zadig

“Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“(I)f we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.” ― J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.” ― Evan Esar

“Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience.” ― Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto

“When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back.” ― Woody Allen

“Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction--only enough to make you useless.” ― Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust

“And yet, sometimes facts are no more than pitiful consequences, because guilt does not reside in our acts but in the intentions that give rise to our act. Everything turns on our intentions.” ― Sándor Márai, Embers

“It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.” ― Criss Jami

“Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion” ― Lynn Crilly, Hope with Eating Disorders

“No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.” ― Stefan Zweig, Beware of Pity

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Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., N.C.C., L.M.H.C., is the author of Making the Grade with ADD and ADD and Your Money. 

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