The Best 71 Guilty Conscience Quotes For Believers

Last Updated on November 13, 2020 by Scott M. Thomas

Guilty conscience is something that helps people be honest and find oneself. People do a lot of things in life that they don’t want to do or become unaware of. If you feel guilty after doing something, it can never be a crime. People just have to be careful so that it would never happen in the future. But living with guilt is really hard. Everyone should solve any problem immediately if they once feel guilty. Listen to your basic instinct or gut feelings. This will help people to live better. In this amazing writing, Guilty conscience quotes will help you to know more about guilty conscience and to reduce stress about guilt. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it. 

“The horrible ugliness of this exposure of a sick and guilty heart to the very eye that would gloat over it!” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” – Albert Camus

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“A guilty conscience never feels secure.” – Publilius Syrus

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

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

“There is a guilty conscience behind every brazen word and act and behind every manifestation of self-righteousness.” – Eric Hoffer

“An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.” – Mark Twain

“Vultures pick the meat clean off a bone. Guilt eats at the marrow, leaving a man hollow.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“There are three things that earthly riches can never do; they can never satisfy divine justice, they can never pacify divine wrath, nor can they every quiet a guilty conscience. And till these things are done man is undone.” – Thomas Brooks

“The most effective way to silence our guilty conscience is to convince ourselves and others that those we have sinned against are indeed depraved creatures, deserving every punishment, even extermination. We cannot pity those we have wronged, nor can we be indifferent toward them. We must hate and persecute them or else leave the door open to self-contempt.” – Eric Hoffer

“A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.” – Carolyn Wells

“I would bear any affliction rather than be burdened with a guilty conscience.” – Charles Spurgeon

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“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.” – George Sewell

“Was ever any wicked man free from the stings of a guilty conscience?” – John Tillotson

“I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.” – Albert Einstein

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

“A new kind of award has been added — the deathbed award. It is not an award of any kind. Either the recipient has not acted at all, or was not nominated, or did not win the award the last few times around. It is intended to relieve the guilty conscience of the Academy members and save face in front of the public. The Academy has the horrible taste to have a star, choking with emotion, present this deathbed award so that there can be no doubt in anybody’s mind why the award is so hurriedly given. Lucky is the actor who is too sick to watch the proceedings on television.” – Marlene Dietrich

“An artistic person taps into the destructive emotional energy of guilt and shame and the longing to love and be loveable and transforms these powerful emotions into a creative force.” – Kilroy J. Oldster

“A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.” – Seneca the Younger

“A guilty conscience means at least you have one.” – Jakob Dylan

“Consider guilt like a street sign that warns of rough roads ahead if you don’t make a u-turn.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“Few things are as bad as a guilty conscience.” – Buchi Emecheta

“Stricken by a guilty conscience, some men will say that I speak with excessive temerity about all men in general. They are greatly mistaken. If they behave justly, they will be protected from my attacks and those of others. I separate the just from the wicked (who are the subject of my discourse), since not all men are bad and not all women are good.” – Arcangela Tarabotti

“Guilty conscience is the number one liar and the producer of suspicion.” – ABC

“I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” – William Shakespeare

“Man cannot suffer more than from a guilty conscience.” – Eraldo Banovac

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“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand! Oh, oh, oh!” – William Shakespeare

“Villains!’ I shrieked. ‘Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!” – Edgar Allan Poe

“If, while I hear the wild shriek of the slave mother robbed of her little ones, I do not open my mouth, am I not guilty?” – Lucy Stone

“Poking at the memories, at the guilt she felt over her sister, was like prodding a bear that could wake and consume her at any moment.” – Shane Arbuthnott

“Not all the blood of beasts On Jewish altars slain, Could give the guilty conscience peace, Or wash away the stain: But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb, Takes all our sins away, A sacrifice of nobler name’ And richer blood than they.” – Isaac Watts

“Charity has always been an expression of the guilty consciences of a ruling class.” – Doris Lessing

“Sorry’ isn’t a synonym for ‘guilty.’ It’s a way to say you’re listening.” Martina Boone

“This is what I know. Don’t settle for 40, 50, or even 80 percent. A relationship-it shouldn’t be too small or too tight or even a little scratchy. It shouldn’t take up space in your closet out of guilty conscience or convenience or a moment of desire. Do you hear me? It should be perfect for you. It should be lasting. Wait. wait for 100 percent.” – Deb Caletti

“In an authoritarian system, the masses suffer from a guilty conscience even when they insist on their rights before the dictator’s eyes.” – Elmar Hussein

“Why the hell shouldn’t I run away with the circus?” – Sara Gruen

“I climbed into Misery and called Uncle Bob. “We hooking up?” “Why does everything out of your mouth makes me sound incestuous?” “Um, I wasn’t aware that it did. Perhaps you have a guilty conscience.” “Charley.” “Is there something you need to get off your chest? Besides that skank, I saw you with the other day?” – Darynda Jones

“Guilt and remorse have no meaning. They are feelings, emotions, not ideas.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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“A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm, but in the calm, he is guilty of all the good he does not do.” – Voltaire

“Is this you? if you help someone you feel regret and if you don’t you feel guilty. Change this pattern and improve your life, health, and restore your peace.” – Charles F. Glassman

“As for the errors I make, the only punishment I acknowledge for having made them is my awareness of those errors, and having to live with it: there is, there should be, no heavier penalty on a person’s soul, mind and heart.” – Joumana Haddad

“Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty conscience, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war.” – Thor Heyerdahl

“How tedious is a guilty conscience!” – John Webster

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“The truth may roar, but its roaring does not terrify the blameless. A guilty conscience needs neither a critic nor an accuser. Remember, the truth has no aiding crutches; once it is limping, its name is “a lie’.” – Israelmore Ayivor

“Fair play with others is primarily the practice of not blaming them for anything that is wrong with us. We tend to rub our guilty conscience against others the way we wipe dirty fingers on a rag. This is an evil misuse of others as the practice of exploitation.” – Eric Hoffer

“Guilt keeps people imprisoned in themselves.” – Iris Murdoch

“All this is what it means to regret.” – Matthew J. Hefti

“So what if I’m ninety-three? So what if I’m ancient and cranky and my body’s a wreck? If they’re willing to accept me and my guilty conscience, why the hell shouldn’t I run away with the circus?” – Sara Gruen

“For the longest time, marriage has had a guilty conscience about itself. Should we believe it?–Yes, we should believe it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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“A guilty conscience has nowhere to hide.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana

“I have always admired him (Bergman) and I wish I could be an equally good filmmaker as he is, but it will never happen. His love for the cinema almost gives me a guilty conscience.” – Steven Spielberg

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

“Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear.” – Junius

“You’re making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we’re at the center of the universe. We’re not.” – Gloria Whelan

“Guilt’s just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking that you’re making moral progress. Don’t fall for it, my dear.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Like hatred, guilt can’t be locked in the silence of forgetting, without taking part of your soul with it.” – Shannon L. Alder

“You won’t be free from guilt if you are constantly replaying the negative memories of your 

past. If you’re going to replay anything, replay your victories!” – Joel Osteen

“Guilt is a lazy feeling that takes no action; the wings of integrity are the only thing that sets it free.” – Shannon L. Alder

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“Guilt is a manifestation of condemnation or aversion towards oneself, which does not understand the changing transformative quality of mind.” – Joseph Goldstein

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Living With a Guilty Conscience Quotes

Living with regret is the hardest thing. It will kill your inner self. Take action if you feel this way. Moral conscience can help you to live better. But if you have a clear conscience you don’t have to feel guilty as you have done nothing wrong.  

“Guilt is really self- condemnation and self-invalidation of our worth and value as a human being.” – David R. Hawkins

“Guilt can interfere with our desires to move forward, to heal properly and to become a person who has mental health and means of proper recompense.” – Bryant McGill

“Guilt is a waste of time unless you learn how to be more loving the next time a similar situation presents itself.” – Annette Vaillancourt

“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 is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.” – Nicholas Rowe

“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.” – Sabaa Tahir

“There is just as much evil in all of us as there is good. We’re all continuously guilty, even if we’re not doing it intentionally to be evil. Here we are sitting in luxury hotels, living it up on the backs of others in the third world. We all have a guilty conscience, but we do very little about it.” – Michael Haneke

“Guilt doesn’t stop you from doing something. It just stops you from enjoying it.” – Nityananda Das

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“White people’s fear of Black people with guns will never cease to amaze me. Probably it’s because they think about what they would do were they in our place. Especially the police, who have done so much dirt to Black people – their guilty conscience tells them to be afraid. When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead from no other reason than their own guilt and fear.” – Assata Shakur

“… Living with a conscience constitutes a merciless barrier to happiness…” – Mark Haber

“I have tried to live my life with no regrets. Because regrets will become guilt in some cases, and guilt eats away at your sanity.” – James Hauenstein

“There comes a time when a man finds himself in front of a dark uncrossable abyss, which he himself has spent years digging. He cannot go forward and has no way back. Words have failed, tears won’t help, and who would he call out to? He can’t even remember his own name. Then the man sees that on this god’s green earth there is but one true suffering: the torment of a guilty conscience.” – Ivo Andric

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