Guilt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old guilt quotes, guilt sayings, and guilt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action.     

Audre Lorde

Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience.     

Tom Hodgkinson

Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction--only enough to make you useless.     

Daniel Nayeri

Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion.     

Lynn Crilly

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.     

Stefan Zweig

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.     


Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.     

Horace Bushnell

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.     

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.     

Isabelle Holland

Guilt is a rope that wears thin.     

Ayn Rand

Successful guilt is the bane of society.     

Publilius Syrus

He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation.     


Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.     

Erma Bombeck

Guilt is to danger, what fire is to gunpowder; a man need not fear to walk among many barrels of powder, if he have no fire about him.     

John Flavel

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

Charles James Fox

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear.     


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.     

Bishop Robert South

Guilt is always hungry, don't let it consume you.     

Terri Guillemets

Guilt is oftentimes the strongest witness against itself.     

Edward Counsel

The guilt you feel finally comes to an end when you fully express how it came into your consciousness.     

Luke Garne

Guilt is the sum total of: All the negative feelings we have ever had about ourselves! Any form of self-hatred, self-rejection, feelings of worthlessness, sinfulness, inferiority, incompetence, failure, or emptiness. The feeling that there are things in us that are lacking or missing or incomplete.     

Ken Wapnick

What is guilt? It is moral self-reproach--I did wrong when it was possible to have done otherwise.     

Nathaniel Branden

Make friends with guilt. Guilt is a beautiful emotion that alerts us when something is wrong so that we may achieve peace with our conscience. Without conscience there would be no morality. So we can greet guilt cordially and with acceptance, just as we do all other emotions. After we respond to guilt, it has done its job and we can release it.     

Glenn R. Schiraldi

Guilt hath very quick ears to an accusation.     

Henry Fielding

Guilt is something small people feel when they run out of excuses for their behavior.     

Gaius Baltar

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.     

Saint Augustine

Guilt: punishing yourself before God doesn't.     

Alan Cohen

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression.     

William Congreve

Where guilt is, rage and courage doth abound.     

Ben Jonson

Guilt is an indulgence, it entangles you in the past.     

Gregg Hurwitz