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Quotes About Guilt

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

Rick Riordan
“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, The Lightning Thief

Veronica Roth
“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, Divergent

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

David Mitchell
“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, Cloud Atlas

D.D. Barant
“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

Aldous Huxley
“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

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

Bill Watterson
“Calvin : There's no problem so awful, that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse.”
Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Cassandra Clare
“No one blames her."
"That never matters," said Alec. "Not when you blame yourself.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Michael Pollan
“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, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Graham Greene
“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

Veronica Roth
“I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did.

I don't.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

Audre Lorde
“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, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Jarod Kintz
“The police seemed to think I killed her, which is crazy, because I loved her like a thousand drops of blood dripping down a dagger.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Criss Jami
“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, Venus in Arms

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

Anna Godbersen
“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, Rumors

Banana Yoshimoto
“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, The Lake

Gregory Maguire
“Because no retreat from the world can mask what is in your face.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

“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, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

Christina Westover
“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

Jennifer Donnelly
“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, Revolution

Ayn Rand
“We are on strike, we, the men of the mind.

We are on strike against self-immolation. We are on strike against the creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties. We are on strike against the dogma that the pursuit of one's happiness is evil. We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Criss Jami
“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, Killosophy

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

Michael Connelly
There is no client as scary as an innocent man."

J. Michael Haller, Criminal Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, 1962.”
Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer

Libba Bray
“When she can't bring me to heal with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Stefan Zweig
“No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.”
Stefan Zweig, Beware of Pity

Maureen Johnson
Guilt isn't always a rational thing, Clio realized. Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.
Maureen Johnson, Girl at Sea
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