Saturday, August 27, 2011

Guilt Quotes--Part I

In my wanderings about the literature on guilt, I ran across some quotes. Some are sprinkled throughout an ebook I’ve written on guilt. Here’s some I thought were good:

“Guilt is anger directed at ourselves.”--Peter McWilliams

“If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.”--Albert Einstein

“If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you what to do, then YOU DESERVE IT.”--Frank Zappa

“It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”--Oscar Wilde

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

“The guilty think all talk is of themselves.”--Chaucer

“Guilt is absent when the act is justified.”--Anon

“For socialists, not just the wealth, but the guilt must be redistributed.”--Andrew Sandlin

“Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.”--Horace Bushnell

“It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven’t done anything wrong; how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressive to admit guilt and to repent.” Hannah Arendt

“You can bear anything if it is not your fault.”--Katherine Fullerton Gerould

“Guilt is regret for what we’ve done. Regret is guilt for what we didn’t do.”--Unknown

“I have half a conscience to go ahead and do it, and feel guilty afterwards.”--Unknown

“Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.”--Erma Bombeck

“Fear is the tax which conscience pays to guilt”--Anon

“Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame.”--Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.”--Coco Chanel

“I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?”--John Steinbeck

-Dr. Griggs

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