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When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like.

Joseph Addison

Thy steady temper, Portius, can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Cæsar, in the calm lights of mild philosophy.

Joseph Addison

If you can accept defeat and open your pay envelope without feeling guilty, you're stealing.

George H. Allen

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.

Hannah Arendt

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

For this is the true strength of guilty kings, when they corrupt the souls of those they rule.

Matthew Arnold

The guilty think all talk is of themselves.


In the small circle of pain within the skull you still shall tramp and tread one endless round of thought, to justify your action to yourselves, weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave, pacing forever in the hell of make - believe which never is belief: this is your fate on earth and we must think no further of you.

T. S. Eliot

This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.


How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

Publilius Syrus

It is only too easy to compel a sensitive human being to feel guilty about anything.

Morton Irving Seiden

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?

John Steinbeck

Calvin: There's no problem so awful that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse!

William B.‘Bill’ Watterson II

No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

Alan Watts