Regrets are the most useless form of guilt. They always arrive too late to do any good.
—Eileen Wilks in Tempting Danger
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
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 in Divergent
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am.
—Veronica Roth in Insurgent
All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did. I don't.
Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
Peace visits not the guilty mind.
(Nemo Malus Felix)
Guilt is anger directed at ourselves--at what we did or did not do.
Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.
Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.
—Titus Maccius Plautus
Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.