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Secret guilt by silence is betrayed.

JOHN DRYDEN, The Hind and the Panther

A guilty system recognizes no innocents.

IAIN M. BANKS, The Player of Games

I don't believe in collective guilt. The children of killers are not killers, but children.

ELIE WIESEL, O: The Oprah Magazine, Nov. 2000

No love or pity, pardon or excuse should soften the sharp pang of reparation for the guilty man.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, A Long Fatal Love Chase

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.


When 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, Crises of the Republic

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guild is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.

R. D. LAING, Self and Others

The problem with guilt is that it cements you to the past.

KEVIN LEMAN, It's Your Kid, Not a Gerbil

Women are raised to feel guilty if they don't do everything they should do. Men are more likely to feel guilty if they do something they shouldn't.

GEORGIA WITKIN-LANOIL, The Courier, September 16, 1984

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