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180 Guilt Quotes To Help You Overcome And Move On

Last Updated: February 12, 2023 by Team

Guilt is an uncontrollable and often intolerable emotion. Guilt is a good thing in small doses, as it makes us good people. We would be selfish and cold-hearted if we never felt guilty about anything. Just like anything in life, guilt is about balance. We should ensure that we feel guilty for the right reasons and learn to find forgiveness within ourselves, or else guilt will eat us up inside.

Guilt can feel heavy. It can become a problem if you feel unable to move on from it or if it’s interfering with your daily life. You may crave the forgiveness of others but benefit from your forgiveness.

Everyone may experience guilt at some point. This emotion often results from doing or saying something that you feel remorse for saying or doing. The feeling of guilt can let you know that you made a mistake, acted against your morals, or hurt yourself or someone else. It may serve a purpose in showing how to improve in the future.

Here is our collection of thought-provoking guilt quotes that will help you to do some soul-searching. By reading these quotes, you can find the courage to stop feeling guilty about small things and be more selfless because guilt is a wasted emotion for some of us!

180 Quotes About Guilt

Top 10 Guilt Quotes

“Your pain and anger will pass, but the guilt would remain with you for always.” – Dodie Smith

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Wayne W. Dyer

“We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.” – Thomas Sowell

“This is the first time I ever felt really actually in danger of hell.” – Stephen King

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Self-righteousness is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt within us.” – Eric Hoffer

“The guilt that the little boy had started to feel, melted away. At first apologetically, then whole-heartedly, he too started to laugh. The barrier of twenty thousand years vanished in the twinkling of an eye.” – James Vance Marshall

“People come here to prosper. You have nothing here. What have you accomplished?” – Sonia Nazario

“No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” – Alan Watts

“My scream implodes inside me. Mother looks back, sees the dagger lying there, grabs it. The thing howls in outrage. She’s going to fight it. She’s going to be alright. […] In one swift motion, she raises the dagger and plunges it into herself.” – Libba Bray

Sometimes, people pretend you're a bad person so they don't feel guilty about the things they did to you.

What Is Guilt?

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“Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“Guilt, of course, is feeling bad about one’s actions, but shame is feeling bad about oneself.” – Greg Boyle

“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.” – Bishop Robert South

“Guilt struck Little-Faith on the head with a great club that was in his hand and knocked him flat to the ground, where he lay bleeding profusely and in danger of dying. The thieves just stood by watching him bleed to death, but then heard someone coming on the road. They were afraid it might be Great-Grace who lives in the town of Good-Confidence. They quickly departed and left this good man to fend for himself.” – John Bunyan

“Guilt steals our joy, hinders our productivity, interrupts our peace, harms our relationships, and worst of all, makes us self-focused.” – Mary Whelchel

“Guilt or the feeling of guilt is our response to the realization that our action was morally wrong and that we are responsible for the consequences of this action.” – Janez Juhant

“Guilt management can be just important as time management for mothers.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Guilt isn’t always a rational thing… Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.” – 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

“Guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body.” – Elder David A. Bednar

“Guilt is the worst enemy of true happiness and self-esteem. It is indeed the worst thing you can ever do to your soul.” – Pamela Baron Waldbauer

“Guilt is the worst enemy of true happiness and selfesteem. It is indeed the worst thing you can ever do to your soul.” – Pamela Baron Waldbauer

“Guilt is the total of all the negative feelings we have had about ourselves, any form of self-hatred, self-rejection, feelings of worthlessness, sinfulness, inferiority, incompetence, failure, or emptiness. The feeling that there are things in us that are lacking or missing or incomplete.” – Ken Wapnick

“Guilt is the fear of one’s own wretchedness. It has nothing to do with other people.” – Tara Westover

“Guilt is so common that it has become a habit, and a merciless one. Mercy is a response of love and of truth.” – Sebastián Blaksley

“Guilt is one of those emotions that feeds on itself. With every bite it gets a little heavier.” – Robert E. Dunn

“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.” – Audre Lorde

“Guilt is always hungry, don’t let it consume you.” – Terri Guillements

“Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience.” – Tom Hodgkinson

“Guilt is a useless feeling. It’s never enough to make you change direction–only enough to make you useless.” – Daniel Nayeri

“Guilt is a profoundly conservative emotion and, as such, is not particularly useful for bringing about change. From a position of insecurity and guilt, people do not change or inspire others to change.” – Michael Kaufman

“Guilt is a hunter. My conscience mocked me, picking fights like a petulant child. It’s all your fault, the voice whispered.” – Ruta Sepetys

“Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion.” – Lynn Crilly

“Guilt can’t be erased and we can’t escape from it with any strategy. Within the laws of this planet, it has to be paid. One way or another, that guilty soul must pay its karma feeding it.” – Robin Sacredfire

“Guilt can prevent us from setting the boundaries that would be in our best interests, and in other people’s best interests.” – Melody Beattie

“Guilt can either hold you back from growing, or it can show you what you need to shift in your life.”

While guilt tells you that you made a mistake, shame tells you that you are the mistake.

Guilt Feeling Quotes

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“Mostly, I was feeling guilty at the thought of it. I’d been hiding in sleazy motels, and she’d had no one to talk to.” – Tess Oliver

“Life passes. Then comes the depression. That feeling that you’ll never be right again. The fear that these outbreaks will become more familiar, or worse, never go away. You’re so tired from fighting that you start to listen to all the little lies your brain tells you. The ones that say you’re a drain on your family. The ones that say that if you were stronger or better this wouldn’t be happening to you.” – Jenny Lawson

“I was ready to join [Edward’s] family. The fear and guilt and anguish I was feeling now had taught me that much… The next time something came at us, I would be ready. An asset, not a liability.” – Stephenie Meyer

“I used to fell a lot of guilt about having depression but then I realized that’s a lot like feeling guilty for having brown hair.” – Jenny Lawson

“I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful—it’s holding something we’ve done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort.” – Allison Krumsiek

“Being honest about our feelings is the best way to begin. Never allow guilt to rule, because guilt is a wasted emotion.” – Victoria Giraud

“Denial, panic, threats, anger – those are very human responses to feeling guilt.” – Joshua Oppenheimer

“There is a certain degree of satisfaction in having the courage to admit one’s errors. It not only clears up the air of guilt and defensiveness but often helps solve the problem created by the error.” – Dale Carnegie

“There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.” – Napoleon

“It’s amazing how much punishment we can take.” – Philip Roth

“It was you who did it, Lily. You didn’t mean it, but it was you.” – Sue Monk Kidd

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

“Dwelling on past bad decisions you’ve made only allows those decisions to keep defining you. Forgive yourself and move on.” – Mandy Hale

“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.” – Evan Esar

“I should have been there for her. She was so totally alone. She should have been there for me. I was so totally alone. We should never have been separated.” – Tess Oliver

“Beg forgiveness, indeed! After fourteen years! I see no purpose to it. The dead are dead; those who remain behind cannot forget. But then, just as I am about to close my heart against Ann, I recollect my part in the madness that came to our village in 1692. And I know I am as guilty as Ann or any of the girls in that circle of accusers.” – Ann Rinaldi

“Any people who have been persecuted for two thousand years must be doing something wrong.” – Henry Kissinger

“And you told me you wanted children. That more than anything, you wanted to be a mother.” – Nicholas Sparks

“And yet, sometimes facts are no more than pitiful consequences, because guilt does not reside in our acts but in the intentions that give rise to our act. Everything turns on our intentions.” – Sándor Márai

“Forgive and release yourself of all guilt.” – Gayle Schilz

“Feel no guilt. Getting married and giving birth does not mean that you have sold your life away to perfectly healthy people who can get their own damn socks.” – Jennifer Crusie

“Everything was filthy. Especially my conscience.” – Ruta Sepetys

“The single mothers who are coming to this country, and the children who follow them, are changing the face of immigration to the United States.” – Sonia Nazario

“Don’t be so damn hard on yourself. Yeah, you screwed up. You’re not perfect, fine. Learn from it. But don’t punish yourself. Be kind to yourself, even when you screw up. You’ll bounce back eventually. You’ll make up for it.” – Stephanie Klein

“This feeble and most sensitive of spirits could do neither, yet continually did one thing or another, which intertwined, in the same inextricable knot, the agony of heaven-defying guilt and vain repentance.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Survival had its price: guilt.” – Ruta Sepetys

“Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.” – Saint Augustine

“We were a Family, a happy Family, and we stayed that way until I stopped showing up.” – James Frey

“I am a house gutted by fire where only the guilty sometimes sleep before the punishment that devours them hounds them out in the open.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


Mom Guilt Quotes

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“You honestly believe it is better to serve others first, unaware that “guilt” is the motivator for such “generous” behavior.” – Steven T. Griggs

“Yet how much really could you owe other people? Was it endless? ” – Gregory Maguire

“The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.” – Erica Jong

“That night I lay in bed and thought about dying and going to be with my mother in paradise. I would meet her saying, ‘Mother, forgive. Please forgive,’ and she would kiss my skin till it grew chapped and tell me I was not to blame. She would tell me this for the first ten thousand years.” – Sue Monk Kidd

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” – William Shakespeare

“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

“They felt they had you fenced off so that you could not do what you did. Now they’re mad because deep down in them they believe that they made you do it. When people feel that way, you can’t reason with ‘em.” – Richard Wright

“There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.” – Melanie Koulouris

“There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.” – Michel de Montaigne

“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.” – Michael Connelly

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

“She gathers her papers and moves away as STEVE, arms still outstretched, turns toward the camera. His image is in black and white, and the grain is nearly broken. It looks like one of the pictures they use for psychological testing, or some strange beast, a monster.” – Walter Dean Myers

“I descended from the top of Olympus, and, a God in a human shape, I surveyed the earth. ’Twere an endless task to enumerate how great an amount of guilt was everywhere discovered.” – Henry Thomas Riley

“God is the only being who is good, and the standards are set by Him. Because God hates sin, He has to punish those guilty of sin. Maybe that’s not an appealing standard. But to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards.” – God

“Forgiveness takes the burden of hate, guilt, and bitterness off your back and, with a lighter load, you can climb higher and faster, and be much happier in the process.”

“He was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t guilty.” – Walter Dean Myers

“I killed Grike, he thought. All right, so he was dead already, technically, but he was still a person. He had hopes and plans and dreams, and I put a stop to them all.” – Philip Reeve

“I get up and pace the room, as if I can leave my guilt behind me. But it tracks me as I walk, an ugly shadow made by myself.” – Rosamund Lupton

“He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.” – Publilius Syrus

“In order to divest ourselves of guilt, we need to figure out who it is that is judging us.” – Aurora Dawn

“If you don’t testify, you’ll just make the tie between you and King stronger in the mind of the jury. I think you have to testify. And the way you spend the rest of your youth might well depend on how much the jury believes you.” – Walter Dean Myers

“I’m well aware that at the back of my mind, thumping quietly like a drumbeat, are the twin horrors of Guilt and Panic.” – Sophie Kinsella

“Forgive me now – tomorrow I may no longer feel guilty.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“He didn’t feel like a hero anymore–he just felt sorry for this poor, hideous girl, and guilty at being the one who had trapped her here.” – Philip Reeve

“I shed my guilt when I accepted my decision on its own terms, without endlessly prosecuting old grievances, without weighing his sins against mine. Without thinking of my father at all. I learned to accept my decision for my own sake, because of me, not because of him. Because I needed it, not because he deserved it.” – Tara Westover

Sometimes the guilt hits us so hard that doing some wrong itself goes wrong.

Guilt Quotes For Her

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“Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.” – Gretchen Rubin

“We all have our particular preferences. Mine is gentle sex, the kind in which a man takes forever before he touches you down there. But most people are so guilty about sex that they want the crime and the punishment built in.” – Erica Jong

“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.” – Vera Nazarian

“To heal, we must first forgive… and sometimes the person we must forgive is ourselves.” – Mila Bron

“Time heals many things, but has little effect on guilt.” – NIV

“Thou art the man, Thou the accursed polluter of this land.” – Sophocles

“My poor Mum didn’t have any teeth. She’d gone into hospital and they’d taken them all out, every last one. It was because of us kids.” – Ted Dewan

“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

“The left claims that the guilty party in a conflict is not the one who wants to take another person’s goods, but the one who defends his own.” – Nicolas Gomez Davila

“The guilty conscience is a secret enemy.” – Indian proverb

“Overcome your guilt. Care, but not too much. Take responsibility, but don’t blame yourself. Protect, save, help- but know when to give up. They’re precarious ledges to walk. How do I do it?” – Brandon Sanderson

“Only when you are able to let go of your guilt will you become able to move forward with your healing process.” – Jacqueline Sewell

“Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.” – Plautus

“Let him who is without guilt cast the first stone. It’s a trap. Because then he will be no longer without guilt.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior.” – Mark Victor Hansen

“It’s no fun picking on you Louis; you’re so guilty, it’s like throwing darts at a glob of jello, there’s no satisfying hits, just quivering, the darts just blop in and vanish.” – Tony Kushner

“No matter how frustrated [or] disappointed we may feel in the face of our failures; it’s only temporary. And the faster you can stop wallowing in guilt, blame, or resentment, the faster you can put it behind you.” – Fabrizio Moreira

“My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” – Anna Sewell

“Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what happened and continue living.”

“Maybe, if I wear the glasses long enough, I can be like her. I can see what she saw. I can be both of us at once so no one will have to miss her, most of all me.” – Jennifer Niven

“We are sinful not merely because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life.” – Franz Kafka

“He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: so, they will try to reduce all others to their level.” – Charles James Fox

“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

“When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.” – Anthony de Mello

“He’d seriously thought about leaving alone, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. They needed him. They needed someone to grumble at.” – Terry Pratchett

“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence.”

Cutting someone completely off from your life is sometimes necessary for your peace. Don't feel guilty about it.

Guilt And Grief Quotes

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

“And when he couldn’t sleep, he retired to his study and the laudanum bottle that had become his constant companion. Sometimes I’d find him asleep in his chair, the dogs at his feet, the brown bottle close at hand […] he’d grown thinner, whittled down by grief and opium. And I could only stand by, helpless and mute, the cause of it all.” – Libba Bray

“Part of me felt guilty. Was it selfish that I wanted to live, even though my parents were gone?” – Ruta Sepetys

“We’d had three assemblies last year alone, and every time I waited for a giant spotlight to come out of the auditorium ceiling and shine on my seat.” – Tess Oliver

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.” – George Orwell

“A husband, like a government, should never confess wrongdoing.” – Honoré de Balzac

“If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.” – J.M. Coetzee

“And then it was not a toy lion, but a real lion, The Real Lion, just as she had seen him on the mountain beyond the world’s end. And a smell of all sweet-smelling things there are filled the room. But there was some trouble in Jill’s mind, though she could not think what it was… The Lion told her to repeat the signs, and she found that she had forgotten them all. At that, a great horror came over her.” – C.S. Lewis

“An unpeaceful mind cannot operate normally.” – Watchman Nee

“Altruism is often an alibi.” – Jean Rostand

“We can’t change the past, yet guilt can tie us down with strings, often causing us to repeat the very behaviors we need to free ourselves from blocking us from seeing new opportunities.” – Doc Childre

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

“Negrophobes exist. It is not hatred of the Negro, however, that motivates them; they lack the courage for that, or they have lost it. Hate is not inborn; it has to be constantly cultivated, to be brought into being, in conflict with more or less recognized guilt complexes. ” – Frantz Fanon

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

“It was obvious to everyone that Mafatu was useless upon the sea. He would never earn his proper place in the tribe. Stout Heart- how bitter the name must taste upon his father’s lips!” – Armstrong Sperry

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

“I stand in front of the mirror and study my face.…It is the face of a sad, lonely girl something bad has happened to. I wonder if my face will ever look the same again, or if I’ll always see it in my reflection – Finch, Eleanor, loss, heartache, guilt, death.” – Jennifer Niven

“God would be unjust if we were not guilty.” – Blaise Pascal

“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

“Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.” – Aleister Crowley

“I can’t think of another type of illness where the sufferer is made to feel guilty and question their self-care when their medications need to be changed.” – Jenny Lawson

“All the running, the hiding, the lies, the killing, for what? The endless circle of revenge: answering pain by inflicting pain. Why did I do it?” – Ruta Sepetys

“After all, guilt and remorse were worthless emotions, weren’t they? Well, I knew they weren’t; but I had no time for them. Forward motion; that was the key. Run as fast as you can and don’t look back.” – Jordan Belfort

Guilt is one of those emotions that feeds on itself. With every bite it gets a little heavier. Robert E. Dunn

Guilt And Shame Quotes

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“We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs. Cover yourself.’ We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up — and this is the worst thing we do to girls — they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“It is okay to feel guilty when you are guilty. It is okay to feel ashamed when you have done something wrong. You are on your way to repentance.” – Jean Tobe

“Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“An exciting and inspiring future awaits you beyond the noise in your mind, beyond the guilt, doubt, fear, shame, insecurity, and heaviness of the past you carry around.” – Debbie Ford

“We see our sins reflected everywhere: in the pallor of our intimates’ faces, in the scratching of tree branches against windows, in the strange movements of everyday objects.” – Anna Godbersen

“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.”

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

“In short, guilt is the fear of being found out and punished.” – Daniel Johannes

“Why am I not dead? I should be dead. It would best for everyone if I were dead.” – Suzanne Collins

“Who profits by a sin has done the sin.” – Seneca

“In defense of her wounded pride he would have torn the offender to pieces with his own hands. And here that offender was he himself.” – Boris Pasternak

“I’m just going to say it: I’m pro-guilt. Guilt is good. Guilt helps us stay on track because it’s about our behavior. It occurs when we compare something we’ve done – or failed to do – with our values.” – Brené Brown

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield

“When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can solve the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.”

“I’ll find the evidence and before long Duke will get out. You’ll take his place. I’m coming your way, Carter.” – John Grisham

“I was mighty down-hearted; so I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever go anear that house again, because I reckoned I was to blame, somehow.” – Mark Twain

“I want to confess everything, to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

“A terrible, painful sadness clutched at Ellen. More than ever before, she felt that her life—the best part of it, at least, the part that was fresh and fun—was behind her. Recognizing the sensation made her feel guilty, for she read it as proof that she was an unsatisfactory mother, an unsatisfied wife. She hated her life, and hated herself for hating it. She thought of a line from a song Billy played on the stereo: “I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday.” – Peter Benchley

“Why mundanes always insist on taking responsibility for things that aren’t their fault is a mystery to me. You didn’t force that cocktail down his idiotic throat.” – Cassandra Clare

Your true self awaits you on the other side of guilt, shame and fear.

Guilt And Regret Quotes

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“The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear, or anger but wisdom, understanding, and love.” – Jennifer Edwards

“Mistakes are part of life. Everyone makes them. Everyone regrets them. But some learn from them, and some end up making them again. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll use your mistake to your advantage.” – Meredith Sapp

“If you cheat, stop. Second, feel true regret for your error. Feel guilty. Feel the sadness that comes from being something other than your best self. Be sorry for the hurt and the harm you caused.” – Steve Leder

“I did a lot of things that I regretted, and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness, and it wasn’t until I started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night.” – Mark Wahlberg

“Don’t waste your life on regrets and guilt, life is too short.” – Blanche Anderson

“She found herself looking at Lane as if he were a stranger, or a poster advertising a brand of linoleum, across the aisle of a subway car. Again she felt the trickle of disloyalty and guilt, which seemed to be the order of the day, and reacted to it by reaching over to cover Lane’s hand with her own. She withdrew her hand almost immediately and used it to pick her cigarette out of the ashtray. ” – J. D. Salinger

“The guilt you feel finally comes to an end when you fully express how it came into your consciousness.” – Luke Garner

“Where were my instincts? Isn’t the female of the species hardwired to recognize her own offspring?” – Kathryn Kennish

“I know I did wrong. No one can feel it more sensibly than I do…Still, in looking back, calmly, on the events of my life, I feel that the slave woman ought not to be judged by the same standard as others.” – Harriet Ann Jacobs

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

“The charred black spot where Amy’s car had landed sat directly below. It was as if my own jeep had turned against me, breaking down there on purpose to remind me that I was a jerk. Not that I needed reminding.” – Tess Oliver

“We are not built for guilt, and it damages our souls and personalities—even our health.” – Joyce Meyer

“I knew that Phoebe was convinced that her mother was kidnapped because it was impossible for Phoebe to imagine that her mother could leave for any other reason. I wanted to call Phoebe and say that maybe her mother had gone looking for something, maybe her mother was unhappy, maybe there was nothing Phoebe could do about it.” – Sharon Creech

“I don’t care if you come home at all. It was the last thing I’d said to her. Before I ran away. Before she came after me. Before I saw her die in a vision. […] And then the scream I’ve been holding back comes pouring out of me… ” – Libba Bray

“I didn’t say you threw it. I just said ‘Run.’ You should’ve run.” – Walter Dean Myers

“I knowed very well why [the words] wouldn’t come. It was because my heart warn’t right; it was because I warn’t square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all.” – Mark Twain

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