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Guilt Quotes

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.

Author: Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986)

Profession: French Novelist, Essayist

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.

Author: David Crosby

Profession: American Rock Musician

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.

Author: Dr. Albert Ellis (1913)

Profession: American Psychotherapist

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

Author: Charles James Fox (1749-1806)

Profession: British Statesman, Foreign Secretary

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

If you commit a crime, you're guilty.

Author: Rush Limbaugh (1951)

Profession: American TV Personality

Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame.

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Profession: Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist

Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.

Author: Nicholas Rowe


Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.

Author: Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet, Historian

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.

Author: Bishop Robert South (1634-1716)

Profession: British Clergyman

Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.

Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 AD)

Profession: Roman Historian