“The most guilty people are the most generous ones-this is the common law.” — Pierre Beaumarchais. Here are 50 Famous Guilty Quotes.

Guilty Quotes

1. “Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.” —  Karl Lagerfeld

2.“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” — William Shakespeare

3.“Guilt is just as powerful as shame, but its influence is positive, while shame's is destructive.” —Brene Brown

4. “The guilty are always the most prone to establish complementary guilt, and the most unforgiving thereafter. ”        — Tanith Lee

5. “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” — Voltaire

6. “The most guilty people are the most generous ones-this is the common law.” — Pierre Beaumarchais

7. “If you make someone feel guilty about their mistake, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt is itself punishment.” — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

8. “Every guilty person is his own hangman. ”— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

9. “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

10.“Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent. ”—Terry Goodkind

11. “Don't feel guilty about driving somewhere nice to run. If people can drive to a park to eat hot dogs, you can drive there to run. ”Bill Rodgers

12. “A guilty conscience needs no accuser.”— Unknown

Guilty Quotes

13. “When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.” — Anthony De Mello

14. “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” — Coco Chanel

15. “So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

16. “My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.”― Franz Kafka

17. “No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.”― Stefan Zweig

18. “The hardest thing about depression is that it is addictive. It begins to feel uncomfortable not to be depressed. You feel guilty for feeling happy.”― Pete Wentz

19. “Better guilt than the terrible burden of freedom and responsibility.”― Ernest Becker

20.“No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.”―Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab

21.“He could deal with his guilt all by himself. Guilt didn't add up to love, an emotion she was done with forever.”
― Susan Elizabeth Phillips

22. “Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction--only enough to make you useless.”
― Daniel Nayeri

23. “Guilt and rage, hatred and fear were pathways to weakness and clumsy choices.”
― Jonathan Maberry

24. “You don't have to beat a woman if you can make her feel guilty.”
― Erica Jong

Guilty Quotes

25. “Guilt and fear are a kind of rot. It spreads unless it's cleaned. And there's only one way to do that.”
― Lee Goldberg

26.“Peace is a place of unhindered enjoyment of friendship beyond guilt, suspicion, blame of inferiority”
― François Du Toit

27. “The existence of guilty sense is so important in education and religion.”― Toba Beta

28. “Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion”― Lynn Crilly

29.“Don't allow yourself to feel guilty about wanting deep and endless love, amazing sex and opportunities that will change your life. Expect these things - work for them and don't ever stop until they're yours.”― Jennifer Elisabeth

30.“You're guilty until proven innocent. Perception is reality, that's the way that it is in this world.”— Chris Webber

31. “A guilty suffering spirit is more open to grace than an apathetic or smug soul.' ― Edna Hong

32.“Always be truthful and you will have fewer visits from regret, guilt or fear.”― Suzy Kassem

33. “Guilt is the toothache of the soul.”― Tommy Cotton

34. “You're making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we're at the center of the universe. We're not.”
― Gloria Whelan

35. “Guilt loves the passive.”― Jonathan Price

36. “We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are. A person feels guilt because he did something wrong. A person feels shame because he is something wrong.”― Lewis B. Smedes

Guilty Quotes

37. “It is always a relief to the conscience if one can apportion some measure of guilt to the person one has betrayed.”
― Stefan Zweig

38. “A mind conscious of guilt is its own accuser.”― Ana Johns

39.“The innocent are more likely to feel guilty for the good they haven't done than the guilty for the evil they have.”
― Marty Rubin

40. “Guilt is a burden, so forgive yourself for the mistakes.”― Melina Marchetta

41. “Guilt is the most merciless disease of man. It stains all the other areas of living. It darkens all skies.”
― John D. MacDonald

42. “You don't have to be guilty of anything in order to feel guilt”― Simon Mawer

43. “Guilt is an acknowledgment of debt for unbalanced transactions.”― Heather Marsh

44.“Guilt is a feeling I've never made much peace with. I find that when it rears its head, it brings an army. When I feel guilty for one thing, I start to see all the other things I should feel guilty for.”― Taylor Jenkins Reid

45. “Guilt and fear are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. Love and guilt cannot exist simultaneously any more than love and fear can.”― Gerald G. Jampolsky

46. “Guilt is just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking you’re making moral progress.”― Elizabeth Gilbert

47. “If I were to do nothing, I'd be guilty of complicity.”― DaShanne Stokes

48. “Guilt feelings so often arise from accusations rather than from crimes.”― Iris Murdoch

49. “Happiness is often curtailed by guilt.”― Tapan Ghosh

50. “It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.”― Voltaire

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Best of Guilty Quotes

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“If I were to do nothing, I'd be guilty of complicity.”― DaShanne Stokes
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“Guilt is the most merciless disease of man. It stains all the other areas of living. It darkens all skies.”
― John D. MacDonald
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“A guilty suffering spirit is more open to grace than an apathetic or smug soul.' ― Edna Hong

Ian Warner

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