84+ Best Guilty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

If you feel guilty, you feel that you have done something wrong. Profoundly inspirational guilty quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Guilty Quotes

You’re innocent until proven guilty. John Kennedy

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

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. William Shakespeare

People pontificate, Suicide is selfishness. Career churchmen like Pater go a step further and call in a cowardly assault on the living. Oafs argue this specious line for varying reason to evade fingers of blame, to impress one’s audience with one’s mental fiber, to vent anger, or just because one lacks the necessary suffering to sympathize. Cowardice is nothing to do with it suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what’s selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching. David Mitchell

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not guilty. Theodore Roosevelt

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

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape. Thomas Jefferson

All I could think of was that the teachers must’ve found the illegal stash of candy I’d been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they’d realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book. Rick Riordan

Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. George W. Bush

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

We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God’s divine wrath. Malcolm X

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

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. Malcolm X

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

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan

Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time. Veronica Roth

Some may remember, if you have good memories, that there used to be a concept in Anglo American law called a presumption of innocence, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now that’s so deep in history that there’s no point even bringing it up, but it did once exist. Noam Chomsky

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

I definitely don’t plead guilty to being a heartthrob. Bruno Mars

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness. Audre Lorde

I don’t categorize food as bad or a guilty pleasure. Rachael Ray

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

Sometimes you can’t prioritize family and you feel guilty. Adam Sandler

He showed the words chocolate cake to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. Guilt was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt celebration. Michael Pollan

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

If only it were possible to love without injury fidelity isn’t enough I had been faithful to Anne and yet I had injured her. The hurt is in the act of possession we are too small in mind and body to possess another person without pride or to be possessed without humiliation. In a way I was glad that my wife had struck out at me again I had forgotten her pain for too long, and this was the only kind of recompense I could give her. Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower.  Graham Greene

When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women. Marilyn Monroe

In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent. Criss Jami

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

Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings. She can’t afford to feel the full range of feelings in her body while she’s being abused pain, outrage, hate, vengeance, confusion, arousal. So she short circuits them and goes numb. For many children, any expression of feelings, even a single tear, is cause for more severe abuse. Again, the only recourse is to shut down. Feelings go underground. Laura Davis

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

Friends ask you questions; enemies question you. Criss Jami

I don’t like war. I particularly don’t like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of. Neil Young

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

Our constitutionally based criminal justice system places a high value on protecting the innocent. Among its central tenets is the idea that it is better to let a guilty person go free than to convict someone without evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Robert Shapiro

So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault responsibility of the adult. I was and am innocent. Ellen Bass

All the seven deadly sins are man’s true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you’re made to feel guilty for being human, then you’re going to be trapped in a never ending sin and repent cycle that you can’t escape from. Marilyn Manson

True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. Edgar Allan Poe

I used to feel guilty about owning a console. Vin Diesel

My guilt is an ocean for me to drown in. Nicola Yoon

The only guilty pleasure I have is pasta. Allison Janney

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

My guilty pleasure is Flamin Hot Cheetos. Rachel Bilson

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

In this rat race everybody’s guilty till proved innocent! Bette Davis

What man ever openly apologizes for slander? It is not so much a feeling of slander as it is that of a massive lie, a misdeed not only to the slandered but also to those manipulated in the process. He has made them all, every one, his enemies, thereupon he is so overwhelmed with guilt that he will deny it until his grave. Criss Jami

Watching The Jeremy Kyle Show is my guilty pleasure. Sue Townsend

Diana knew it wouldn’t be right, but then she told herself that things only looked wrong when there was someone to see you. Anna Godbersen

A McDonald’s cheeseburger with no mustard is my guilty pleasure. Matt Hardy

I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I’m lost in the music. Until I am the music notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it’s okay because when I’m the music, I’m not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty. Jennifer Donnelly

I often buy things, feel a little guilty, but then think that it’s so worth it. Ananya Birla

But I have my life, I’m living it. It’s twisted, exhausting, uncertain, and full of guilt, but nonetheless, there’s something there. Banana Yoshimoto

Conservation is for guilty people on Park Avenue with poodles and Pekingeses. Peter Beard

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

My guilty pleasure is listening to Enya in the bathtub. I do bubbles. I do essential oils. Candles, if they’re around. Chord Overstreet

Because no retreat from the world can mask what is in your face. Gregory Maguire

The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman. Foxy Brown

It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity. Criss Jami

I have never done anything which I feel guilty about or wish I had not done it. Amit Shah

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

I don’t want ever to be guilty of what my critics claim doing formula without original elements. Piers Anthony

You have a good heart and you think the good thing is to be guilty and kind but it’s not always kind to be gentle and soft, there’s a genuine violence softness and kindness visit on people. Sometimes self interested is the most generous thing you can be. Tony Kushner

I guess I don’t think there’s any reason to feel guilty about having joy in your life, regardless of how bad things are in the world. Jeff Tweedy

Sometimes I just want to paint the words It’s my fault across my forehead to save people the time of being pissed off at me. Christina Westover

I’d rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I’m not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it. Alicia Keys

I can learn to live with guilt. I don’t care about being good. Holly Black

I would feel so guilty about lying that I would try to stress myself out and work up a headache so I wouldn’t have the guilt of not having a bit of the symptom. Justin Long

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

You shouldn’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself. Every so often, everyone needs to give themselves a big ol’ bear hug and treat themselves to some TLC. Sean Covey

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

Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognize one’s own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that. Mikhail Gorbachev

A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore. But no one woke up and in the silence that followed, I understood the nature of my new curse: I was going to get away with it. Khaled Hosseini

I refuse to feel guilty. I feel guilty about too much in my life but not about money. I went through periods when I had nothing, so somebody in my family has to get stinkin wealthy. Jim Carrey

It is not lies or a lack of loyalty that ends a relationship. It is the agonizing truth that one person feels in their heart on a daily basis. It is realizing that you are coping and not living. It is the false belief that there is a verse, quote, phrase or talk that will magically make you feel content, complete or not care. However, it doesn’t last longer than a few days, before your mind and heart goes back to what it wants. It is the moment you realize that you left without ever leaving. It is the moment you realize that fear, shame or guilt is the only thing standing in the way of the life God meant for you to live. Shannon L. Alder

I really enjoy making sure the kids get a healthy dinner, a good bath and several books. I really like to try and end the day with some quality time with my kids. If not, I feel guilty. Norah O’Donnell

When she can’t bring me to heal with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt. Libba Bray

The guilty think all talk is of themselves. Geoffrey Chaucer

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

He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it. Elias Canetti

As I lifted the ash dagger, something inside me fractured so completely that there would be no hope of ever repairing it. Sarah J. Maas

Every guilty person is his own hangman. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He doesn’t understand yet that guilt comes to you not from the things you’ve done, but from the things that others have done to you. Margaret Atwood