It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt
be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that
they cannot all be punished.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
To have a sense of sin means to feel guilty at there being an ethical
choice to make, a guilt which, however 'good' I may become, remains
Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who
fail to prevent them must share the guilt for the dead.
I'm tired of hearing about innocent victims. It's fiction. If you live
on this planet, you're guilty, period, next case, end of report. Your
birth certificate is proof of guilt.
In former days, everyone found the assumption of innocence so easy;
today we find fatally easy the assumption of guilt.
Secret guilt by silence is betrayed.
Sin with the multitude, and your responsibility and guilt are as great
and as truly personal, as if you alone had done the wrong.
Being guilty tends to engender feelings of guilt.
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
Mothers, food, love, and career, the four major guilt groups.
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the
Self-righteousness is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt
A sublime religion inevitably generates a strong feeling of guilt. There
is an unavoidable contrast between loftiness of profession and
imperfection of practice. And, as one would expect, the feeling of guilt
promotes hate and brazenness. Thus it seems that the more sublime the
faith the more virulent the hatred it breeds.
There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-
guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or
grudges if a request is denied.
All religions are the same: Religion is basically guilt, with different
How tired God must be of guilt and loneliness, for that is all we ever
bring to Him.
Guilt is anger directed at ourselves- at what we did or did not do.
Resentment is anger directed at others- at what they did or did not do.
Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the
forbidden action they want to take.
The inescapable conclusion is that society secretly wants crime, needs
crime, and gains definite satisfactions from the present mishandling of
it! The crime and punishment ritual is a part of our lives. We need
crimes to wonder at, to enjoy vicariously, to discuss and speculate
about, and to publicly deplore. We need criminals to identify ourselves
with, to envy secretly, and to punish stoutly. They do for us the
forbidden, illegal things we wish to do and, like scapegoats of old,
they bear the burdens of our displaced guilt and punishment.
The worst thing about the decline of organized religion is that there is
no longer a place for the pathological self loathers and guilt freaks to
congregate without disturbing the rest of us.
Guilt is what separates humans from animals.
It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure,
hate, guilt, and fear.
Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is
not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart.
When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into
the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce
our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.
The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt- ridden
one; or both. Usually both.
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions
among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a
meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
A villain who shares one's guilt is inevitably more attractive than a
hero convinced of one's innocence.
Faith is a journey, not a guilt trip.
God invented mothers because he couldn't be everywhere at once. Then he
invented guilt, because mothers couldn't be everywhere at once.
There's no problem so awful that you can't add some guilt to it and make
it even worse!
-Bill Watterson (From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes)
I'm an Episcopal, which is Catholic Lite. It's like same religion, half
(August 31 is the birthday of William Saroyan.)