Top 10 Quotes on Guilt?

Here are my top 10 quotes on guilt:

1. “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” – Coco Chanel
2. “Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do.” – Peter McWilliams
3. “Guilt is a useless emotion. It never makes anyone feel better.” – Maya Angelou
4. “Guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body.” – Elder David A. Bednar
5. “Guilt is a rope that wears thin.” – Ayn Rand
6. “Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.” – Isabelle Holland
7. “Guilt is the source of sorrow, ’tis the fiend, the avenging fiend, that follows us behind with whips and stings.” – Nicholas Rowe
8. “Guilt is the teacher, love is the lesson.” – Brian Weiss
9. “Guilt is the hilt of the knife that we use on ourselves, and love is often the blade, but both are instruments of self-harm.” – Kameron Hurley
10. “Guilt is a very important emotion. It tells us when we’ve done something wrong. But, like all emotions, it has to be kept in check.” – Abigail Disney

Do you agree? Would you add to, subtract, or substitute any of the above? If so I’ll be happy to read your comments below.

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8 thoughts on “Top 10 Quotes on Guilt?

    1. I feel guilty for not being able to come up with a good joke about guilt.
      I always feel guilty after eating a whole pizza by myself, but then I remember it’s just a slice of life.
      I feel guilty when I skip a workout, but then I remember that my bed is a gym, and I do plenty of reps there.
      I never feel guilty for eating dessert, because I’ve already put in my time at the gym…walking past it.
      I feel guilty for not being a morning person, but then I remember that the early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets the pizza.
      I always feel guilty for not drinking enough water, but then I remember that it’s just a water under the bridge.
      I feel guilty for procrastinating, but then I remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day…and neither was my to-do list.
      I feel guilty for not being able to solve a Rubik’s Cube, but then I remember that it’s not my fault…it’s just a cube conspiracy.
      I feel guilty for not knowing how to cook, but then I remember that it’s not my fault…my cooking skills are just rare.
      I feel guilty for not being able to stop telling bad jokes, but then I remember that I’m just a pun-derful person.


  1. There’s a lot of truth in these statements, Andrew. I think I’d add that guilt is sometimes misplaced shame. When I wrote my letter Dear Guilt last week, I said that the guilt wasn’t mine to hold, it belonged to my abuser. Worth thinking about.

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  2. I like number 3 because I personally believe that guilt makes it harder for me to be able to change my mindset and behaviour.

    My complex PTSD and adult PTSD are big things in which a lot of my guilt come from. Not from what i have done, but the ideas my donors enforced into my head.

    I like number 10 because i know how important it is to keep a level head even when i know that what i am doing may bring on guilt later.

    Parenting is the one thing where i have to watch my guilt level otherwise i am not able to give my kids what they need.

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    1. What a thoughtful and well written response to the quotes, Vivika. It’s really apreciated that you not only read all quotes and commented on your favourite two, but aso added your personal perspective on the subject.


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