Quotations on Guilt

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Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Crime, Discovery, Guilt, Nothing)

Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: Anger, Guilt, Sense, Skin, Years)

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: Truth, Duty, Guilt, Reward, Sense)

If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be.
- William Throsby Bridges
(Keywords: Blood, Evil, Guilt, Nothing, Sin)

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.
- Charlotte Bronte
(Keywords: Conscience, Friends, Guilt, World)

I'm a bit of a worrier, to an extreme. I'll crack a joke, then worry if I've offended someone - even when they're laughing. I have a guilt complex, always worrying.
- Sophia Bush
(Keywords: Extreme, Guilt, Worry)

I hope and trust the infinite, the eternal, and merciful and loving God. I worship Him and feel no guilt in my heart before him for what I am going to do.
- Alex Campbell
(Keywords: Trust, God, Heart, Hope, Guilt, Infinite, Worship)

Hollywood people are filled with guilt: white guilt, liberal guilt, money guilt. They feel bad that they're so rich, they feel they don't work that much for all that money - and they don't, for the amount of money they make.
- Drew Carey
(Keywords: Money, Work, People, Guilt, Hollywood, Liberal)

What I have in common with the character in 'Truman' is this incredible need to please people. I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.
- Jim Carrey
(Keywords: Success, People, Character, Care, Guilt, Want)

I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.
- Jim Carrey
(Keywords: Success, Care, Guilt, Want)

The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.
- John Clayton
(Keywords: Christ, Christmas, Competition, Focus, Guilt, Pressure, World)

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
- William Cowper
(Keywords: Glory, Guilt, Principles, Shame)

December 25th has become guilt and obligation.
- Phil Donahue
(Keywords: December, Guilt, Obligation)

I have a high guilt quotient. A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts. It can take from a day to two years-or longer.
- Rita Dove
(Keywords: Day, Guilt, Years)

And there isn't any way that one can get rid of the guilt of having a nice body by saying that one can serve society with it, because that would end up with oneself as what? There simply doesn't seem to be any moral place for flesh.
- Margaret Drabble
(Keywords: Society, Body, End, Guilt, Saying)

I walk around feeling a sort of existential guilt all the time; and honestly for me this house is a way of feeling less guilty about the universe.
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Keywords: Time, Feeling, Guilt, Universe)

Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie.
- Lawrence Durrell
(Keywords: Lie, Guilt, Punishment, Satisfaction)

The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica.
- Frederic William Farrar
(Keywords: Decision, Guilt, Innocence, Judges, Man, Question, Senate, Worth)

If I leave my computer, I'm probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.
- Raymond E. Feist
(Keywords: Work, Computer, Guilt, Questions)

A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased.
- Hans Frank
(Keywords: Germany, Guilt, Will, Years)

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Keywords: Beach, Guilt, Now, Problems, World)

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Art, Men, Charm, Folly, Guilt, Melancholy, Woman)

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.
- Cathy Guisewite
(Keywords: Food, Love, Career, Guilt, Mothers)

My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself.
- Teri Hatcher
(Keywords: Blame, Denial, Guilt, Parents, Talk)

I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
- Ben Hecht
(Keywords: Wealth, Envy, Guilt, Man, Poor, Poverty)

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!
- Arianna Huffington
(Keywords: Feelings, Guilt, Mothers)

I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.
- Angelina Jolie
(Keywords: Life, People, Guilt, Hurt, Living)

The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes.
- E. Stanley Jones
(Keywords: Action, Frustration, Guilt, Living, Mistakes, Sense)

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.
- Franz Kafka
(Keywords: Life, Knowledge, Guilt, State)

Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It's hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training.
- Michelle Kwan
(Keywords: Time, Envy, Friends, Fun, Guilt, Kids, School, Talking, Training)

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
- R. D. Laing
(Keywords: People, Being, Guilt, Obligation)

I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was.
- Hedy Lamarr
(Keywords: Blame, Guilt, Husbands, Unhappiness)

I'm happiest at home hanging out with the kids... Having a family has been my saving grace because I don't work back to back on anything or I'd drive myself to an early grave with guilt and worry for my family, whom I'd never see.
- Jude Law
(Keywords: Family, Home, Work, Grace, Grave, Guilt, Kids, Worry)

Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
- John Lennon
(Keywords: Love, Peace, Being, Guilt, Thinking)

I mean, I felt terrible. And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated. I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel, and the responsibility?
- Monica Lewinsky
(Keywords: Beginning, Guilt, Responsibility)

You will put on a dress of guilt and shoes with broken high ideals.
- Roger McGough
(Keywords: Dress, Guilt, Ideals, Will)

I think every parent, every generation has wanted their children to do better and have a higher standard of living. But I think there's too much guilt.
- Phil McGraw
(Keywords: Children, Guilt, Living)

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
(Keywords: Anger, Guilt, Resentment)

The treason of which I stand convicted loses all its guilt, has been sanctified as a duty, and will be ennobled as a sacrifice.
- Thomas Francis Meagher
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Duty, Guilt, Treason, Will)

Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but guilt is simply God's way of letting you know that you're having too good a time.
- Dennis Miller
(Keywords: Time, God, Guilt, Now, Want)

Sin, guilt, neurosis; they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
- Henry Miller
(Keywords: Knowledge, Guilt, Neurosis, Sin)

My creativity and my political work are linked. I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility.
- Holly Near
(Keywords: Work, Creativity, Guilt, Responsibility)

But I think I can sincerely declare that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience' sake; and from my soul I despise all those whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes.
- James Otis
(Keywords: Soul, Conscience, Folly, Guilt, Malice, Name)

In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.
- Gilbert Parker
(Keywords: End, Guilt, May, Mind, Secrecy, Secrets)

I had concluded when I was the prosecutor that I would vote against the death penalty if I were in the legislature but that I could ask for it when I was satisfied as to guilt.
- Janet Reno
(Keywords: Death, Guilt, Vote)

Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error: error in determining guilt and error in determining who among the guilty deserves to die. What effect was race having? What effect was poverty having?
- George Ryan
(Keywords: Effect, Error, Guilt, Poverty, Race)

The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
- Walter Scott
(Keywords: Power, Guilt, Help, Mankind, Race, Right)

Which to this day is a source of enormous guilt, because I left with three classes to go in the business school to sign a contract with 20th Century Fox.
- Tom Selleck
(Keywords: Business, Day, Guilt, School)

My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
- Anna Sewell
(Keywords: Power, Cruelty, Doctrine, Guilt, Nothing, Wrong)

I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.
- George Soros
(Keywords: Work, Guilt, Public)



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