Guilt Quotes–Part I

In my wanderings about the literature on guilt, I ran across some quotes. Some are sprinkled throughout an ebook I’ve written on guilt. Here’s some I thought were good:

“Guilt is anger directed at ourselves.”–Peter McWilliams

“If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.”–Albert Einstein

“If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you what to do, then YOU DESERVE IT.”–Frank Zappa

“It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”–Oscar Wilde

“Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.”–Isabelle Holland

“The guilty think all talk is of themselves.”–Chaucer

“Guilt is absent when the act is justified.”–Anon

“For socialists, not just the wealth, but the guilt must be redistributed.”–Andrew Sandlin

“Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.”–Horace Bushnell

“It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven’t done anything wrong; how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressive to admit guilt and to repent.” Hannah Arendt

“You can bear anything if it is not your fault.”–Katherine Fullerton Gerould

“Guilt is regret for what we’ve done. Regret is guilt for what we didn’t do.”–Unknown

“I have half a conscience to go ahead and do it, and feel guilty afterwards.”–Unknown

“Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.”–Erma Bombeck

“Fear is the tax which conscience pays to guilt”–Anon

“Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame.”–Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.”–Coco Chanel

“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

-Dr. Griggs

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