42 Guilty Quotes To Help You Deal With it

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A collection of guilty quotes and quotes about guilt to give you wisdom, lessons and help you understand it more.

I think that it’s safe to say that we all experience guilt from time to time. Guilt is tied to doing or saying something wrong or failing to do something you know you should have.

Feeling guilty can be soul-crushing. It is like constantly carrying this heavy load that prevents you from truly living and enjoying your life.

It keeps you stuck, unhappy and prevents you from moving forward and healing.

The bottom line is, when you feel guilty, it means that you need to right your wrongs and improve your behavior.

However, there are times when you have done everything that you can to make things right and all has been forgiven but the guilt still creeps in and hunts you.

Does that sound familiar?

In moments like that, you must remind yourself that often while asking for their forgiveness is important, learning to forgive yourself is also crucial.

Forgiving yourself will allow you to heal, move forward and slowly let go of that guilty feeling.

May these guilty quotes below give you the wisdom that you need to help you understand what you need to do to free yourself from the power of guilt.

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Guilty Quotes and Sayings

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.


If you make someone feel guilty about their mistake, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt is itself punishment.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The guilty think all talk is of themselves.

— Geoffrey Chaucer

Peace visits not the guilty mind.

— Juvenal

Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It’s a black wall. It’s a thief.

— Dave Grohl

We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society.

— Ruby Bridges

To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent.

— Publilius Syrus

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

— William Shakespeare

Today, let’s set our minds and hearts on feeling more thankful for what we are than guilty for what we’re not. Let’s cut the threads of guilt with grace.

— Lysa TerKeurst

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

— Voltaire

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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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

Guilt is just as powerful as shame, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive.

— Brene Brown

Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.

— Veronica Roth

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt, and depression, it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have the wrong thinking because of wrong believing.

— Joseph Prince

You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

— Wayne Dyer

Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.

— Terry Goodkind

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.

— Franz Kafka

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

— Oscar Wilde

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

So full of artless jealousy is guilt,

It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

— William Shakespeare

The guilty are always the most prone to establish complementary guilt, and the most unforgiving thereafter.

— Tanith Lee

Feeling guilty quotes

Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion.

— Lynn Crilly

Guilty quotes and quotes about guilt

My guilt is an ocean for me to drown in.

— Nicola Yoon

Guilt isn’t always a rational thing. Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.

— Maureen Johnson

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

— Stefan Zweig

When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.

— Anthony de Mello

Killers aren’t always assassins. Sometimes, they don’t even have blood on their hands.

— Ruta Sepetys

You’re guilty until proven innocent. Perception is reality, that’s the way that it is in this world.

— Chris Webber

It happened. It was awful. You aren’t perfect. That’s all there is. Don’t confuse your grief with guilt.

— Veronica Roth

I would rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life.

— Shannon Messenger

If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.

— J.M. Coetzee

Guilty quotes that’ll give you wisdom

Guilt is like a gauge or light on the dashboard. It means that something is wrong.

— Wade Powers

When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.

— Piers Anthony

Let us not search for the guilty ones only among others, let us speak the bitter truth: we are all guilty … each and every one of us.

— Maxim Gorky

Guilt is always hungry – don’t let it consume you.

— Terri Guillemets

Guilt is a rope that wears thin.

— Ayn Rand

And yet, sometimes facts are no more than pitiful consequences, because guilt does not reside in our acts but in the intentions that give rise to our act. Everything turns on our intentions.

— Sándor Márai

The sin lessens as the guilt increases.

— Friedrich Schiller

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

— Albert Camus

There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.

— Bill Waterson

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.

— Coco Chanel

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