Guilt Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Guilt quotes and Guilt sayings, and Guilt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death. "

Coco Chanel

"He incurs a fearful amount of guilt who in the least promotes the aim of the Evil One by trampling upon a tender conscience in a child."

Charles Spurgeon

"I’m just going to say it: I’m pro-guilt. Guilt is good. Guilt helps us stay on track because it’s about our behavior. It occurs when we compare something we’ve done – or failed to do – with our personal values."

Brene Brown

"Guilt is a waste of time unless you learn how to be more loving the next time a similar situation presents itself."

Annette Vaillancourt

"Guilt is a manifestation of condemnation or aversion towards oneself, which does not understand the changing transformative quality of mind."

Joseph Goldstein

"Guilt is really self- condemnation and self-invalidation of our worth and value as a human being."

David R. Hawkins

"You won’t be free from guilt if you are constantly replaying the negative memories of your past. If you’re going to replay anything, replay your victories!"

Joel Osteen

"Releasing guilt is like removing a huge weight from your shoulders. Guilt is released through the empowering thought of love and respect for yourself. Let go of standards of perfection and refuse to use up the precious currency of your life, the now, with thoughts that continue to frustrate and weaken you. Instead, vow to be better than you used to be, which is the true test of nobility."

Wayne Dyer

"Guilt is a lazy feeling that takes no action; the wings of integrity are the only thing that sets it free."

Shannon L. Alder

"Guilt can interfere with our desires to move forward, to heal properly and to become a person who has the mental health and means of proper recompense."

Bryant McGill

"Like hatred, guilt can’t be locked in the silence of forgetting, without taking part of your soul with it."

Shannon L. Alder

"Guilt is anything you did and fear others to know about."


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

Nicholas Rowe

"There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose."

Sabaa Tahir

"You’re making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we’re at the center of the universe. We’re not."

Gloria Whelan

"Guilt’s just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking that you’re making moral progress. Don’t fall for it, my dear."

Elizabeth Gilbert

"Guilt is a poor, helpless, dependent being. Without the alliance of able, diligent, and let me add, fortunate fraud, it is inevitably undone. If the guilty culprit be obstinately silent, it forms a deadly presumption against him; if he speaks, talking tends only to his discovery, and his very defence often furnishes the materials for his conviction."


"Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion."

Edmund Burke

"People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time."

Rust Cohle

"The guilty think all talk is of themselves."


"Guilt is abscent when the act is justified."


"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

"Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great."

Samuel Johnson

"Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying."

Samuel Johnson

"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

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