Subjects — G

Guilt Quotations

It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven’t done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent.

A poor American feels guilty at being poor, but less guilty than an American rentier who has inherited wealth but is doing nothing to increase it; what can the latter do but take to drink and psychoanalysis?

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

Even upon such a basis hast thou built A monument, whose cement hath been guilt!

Fancy that thou deservest to be hanged … thou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot: fancy that thou deservest to be hanged in a hair halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp.

I am having so much fun performing, I feel almost guilty. I think, my God, I hope no one comes and busts me for this.

Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie.

The more sinful and guilty a person tends to feel, the less chance there is that he will be a happy, healthy, or law-abiding citizen. He will become a compulsive wrong-doer.

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.

He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level.