Definitely Guilty

Sunday, February 24, 2019 – Definitely Guilty

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so. ~ Immanuel Kant

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

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. ~ George Orwell

When you are a hero you are always running to save someone, sweating, worried and guilty. When you are a villain you are just lurking in the shadows waiting for the hero to pass by. Then you pop them in the head and go home… piece of cake. ~ James Marsters

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. ~ J. K. Rowling

I don’t want to forgive myself. That’s why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you’re guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it – how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it. ~ Orson Welles

Every guilty person is his own hangman. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing. ~ Hannah Arendt

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. ~ Samuel Adams

The guilty think all talk is of themselves. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

When we played softball, I’d steal second base, feel guilty and go back. ~ Woody Allen

Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man. ~ Erica Jong

Paris is a city that liberates you as a woman from all your sins that you think you are guilty of; it washes away all of that, and you are free. ~ Golshifteh Farahani

Men tend to feel threatened; women tend to feel guilty. ~ Edwin Louis Cole

We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent. ~ Archibald MacLeish

Strictly speaking, every citizen above a certain level of income is guilty of some offense. ~ Max Frisch

A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. ~ Carolyn Wells

Guilt is a feeling that you owe a debt that you’re not paying. ~ Stefan Molyneux

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. ~ Henry Fielding

Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. ~ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do, right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing. ~ D. D. Barant, Dying Bites

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. ~ Robert South

How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver in comparison with those of guilt. ~ Robert Blair

Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but guilt is simply God’s way of letting you know that you’re having too good a time. ~ Dennis Miller

Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambling for brownie points, our thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding our pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat-out denial of the gospel of grace. ~ Brennan Manning

Sin, guilt, neurosis; they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge. ~ Henry Miller

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. ~ Franz Kafka

Guilt: punishing yourself before God doesn’t. ~ Alan Cohen

I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt. ~ Ben Hecht

What we call real estate – the solid ground to build a house on – is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. ~ Friedrich Schiller

The extent of one man’s guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured. ~ Ryszard Kapuscinski

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt. ~ William Cowper

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

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. ~ Jane Austen

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

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves, at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others, at what they did or did not do. ~ Peter McWilliams

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’m not interested in anybody’s guilt. Guilt is a luxury that we can no longer afford. I know you didn’t do it, and I didn’t do it either, but I am responsible for it because I am a man and a citizen of this country and you are responsible for it, too, for the very same reason… Anyone who is trying to be conscious must begin to dismiss the vocabulary which we’ve used so long to cover it up, to lie about the way things are. ~ James Baldwin

Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt. ~ Captain Beefheart

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

How extraordinary it is that one feels most guilt about the sins one is unable to commit. ~ V. S. Pritchett

Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie. ~ Lawrence Durrell

A culture in which guilt is automatically assumed to be neurotic and unhealthy has devised a remarkably clever way of protecting its self-interest. ~ Jonathan Kozol

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. ~ George Sewell

To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it. ~ Tacitus

We gather our arms full of guilt as though it were precious stuff. It must be that we want it that way. ~ John Steinbeck