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  • It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven't done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent.
    * Hannah Arendt

  • Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
    * Hannah Arendt

  • The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
    * Chaucer

  • In the small circle of pain within the skull
    You still shall tramp and tread one endless round
    Of thought, to justify your action to yourselves,
    Weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave,
    Pacing forever in the hell of make-believe
    Which never is belief: this is your fate on earth
    And we must think no further of you.
    * T. S. Eliot

  • This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.
    * Juvenal

  • How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
    * Publilius Syrus

  • It is only too easy to compel a sensitive human being to feel guilty about anything.
    * Morton Irving Seiden

  • 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