155 Feeling Guilty Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of feeling guilty quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about not feeling guilty.

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The Most Famous Feeling Guilty Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. — Erma Bombeck

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. — Ayn Rand

Guilt: punishing yourself before God doesn't. — Alan Cohen

Guilt is society’s voice speaking in your head. — Naval Ravikant

There are days when I struggle with wanting to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and feeling guilty about that because I work. — Tori Spelling

Pack your bags, we're going on a guilt trip! — Jimmy Buffett

A guilty conscience never feels secure. — Publilius Syrus

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups. — Cathy Guisewite

Guilt is a gift from Allah warning you that what you are doing is violating your soul — Nouman Ali Khan

Make peace with guilt. Guilt is a poisonous illusion. Many languages don't even have a word for guilt. — Kris Carr

Short Feeling Guilty Quotes

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  • Never underestimate a man's ability to make you feel guilty for his mistakes. — Rihanna
  • On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. — Aldous Huxley
  • Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. — William Shakespeare
  • Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. — Lora Brody
  • I don't believe in guilty pleasures. If I like it, I don't feel guilty about it — Darren Criss
  • You deserve all the good things that happen to you. Don't feel guilty and accept the blessings. — Paulo Coelho
  • What's my guilty pleasure? The thing is, I never feel guilty about pleasures. — Tom Hiddleston
  • Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. — Veronica Roth
  • I feel guilty for being a member of the human race. — Jack Kerouac
  • You have to be reasonable with yourself and not feel guilty when things aren't perfect. — Jaclyn Smith

Top 10 Feeling Guilty Quotes

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I can feel guilty about the past, Apprehensive about the future,but only in the present can I act.The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. — Abraham Maslow

You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. — Wayne Dyer

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

Never underestimate a man's ability to make you feel guilty for his mistakes. — Rihanna

If I agree to dispose of any part of our land to the white people I would feel guilty of taking food away from our children's mouths, and I do not wish to be that mean. — Sitting Bull

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. — Steve Jobs

The hardest thing about depression is that it is addictive. It begins to feel uncomfortable not to be depressed. You feel guilty for feeling happy. — Pete Wentz

Maybe there's more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time. — Veronica Roth

On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. — Aldous Huxley

There are days when I struggle with wanting to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and feeling guilty about that because I work. — Tori Spelling

Feeling Guilty Image Quotes

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Feeling guilty quote Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Stop Feeling Guilty Quotes

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I stopped eating beef at 13 and stopped eating all meat a few years ago. I would feel guilty that what was on my plate was walking around yesterday. Either I could live with that or stop eating meat. I choose the latter, and I'm happier for it. — Carrie Underwood

If you continue to blame other people for “making” you feel guilty, they still have power over you, and you are saying that you will only feel good when they stop doing that. You are giving them control over your life. Stop blaming other people. — Henry Cloud

If we are lucky, we can give in and rest without feeling guilty. We can stop doing and concentrate on being. — Kathleen Norris

Feeling guilty quote Don't promise when you're happy. Don't reply when you're angry and don't decide
Don't promise when you're happy. Don't reply when you're angry and don't decide when you're sad.

I now stop feeling guilty. I let myself out of that prison. — Louise Hay

The way to stop feeling guilty is to read stuff - I'm not saying my book, but works by Bertrand Russell or Oscar Wilde, people who weren't losers but who didn't believe in the work ethic, and argued this thing about guilt or wrote philosophy about idleness. — Tom Hodgkinson

Part of this individualism is you feel this pressure that you alone have to conquer the world, and if you don't work all the hours God gives then you start feeling really guilty. If you can stop feeling guilty, then I think it's easier to start doing what you want to do. — Tom Hodgkinson

Feeling guilty quote How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.
How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

It seems like every time I agree to work with a video game company they go out of business. I stopped because I was starting to feel guilty. — Neil Gaiman

Now that I've relinquished my fantasies of all the people I wish I could be, and stopped feeling guilty about not going to the opera or pretending that I want to attend a foreign policy lecture, I have more time for the things that I truly enjoy. — Gretchen Rubin

Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming — Emma Thompson

I know I’m doing something wrong and I feel guilty but neither of those things matter enough to make me stop — Abbi Glines

Not Feeling Guilty Quotes

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Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused. — Alan Cohen

There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don't listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won't feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it's to live. — Max Lucado

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. — C. S. Lewis

Feeling guilty quote Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.

The only faults considered grave are the following: not respecting the rights of one's neighbor, letting oneself be paralyzed by fear, feeling guilty, thinking one does not deserve the good and bad which occurs in life, and being a coward. — Paulo Coelho

You can sit there forever, lamenting about how bad you've been, feeling guilty until you die, and not one tiny slice of that guilt will do anything to change a single thing in the past. Forgive yourself, then MOVE ON! — Wayne Dyer

I do not feel guilty of any war crimes, I have only done my duty as an intelligence organ, and I refuse to serve as an ersatz for Himmler. — Ernst Kaltenbrunner

Feeling guilty quote Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.
Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.

Today, let's set our minds and hearts on feeling more thankful for what we are than guilty for what we're not. Let's cut the threads of guilt with grace. — Lysa TerKeurst

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. — Samuel Adams

Growning up I felt incredibly guilty anout my fantasies and the things I wanted sexually. I was like: "Why do I feel this way? I don't understand it, but nobody's going to talk to me about it because we're not allowed to talk about that..." — Sasha Grey

I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel to the flames of hatred and passion which, if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe. — Eamon de Valera

Guilt Feelings Quotes

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We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. — Naval Ravikant

Black racism is a myth created by whites to ease their guilt feelings. As long as whites can be assured that blacks are racists, they can find reasons to justify their own oppression of’ black people. — James H. Cone

We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth. — Naval Ravikant

Feeling guilty quote There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the w
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. — Pema Chodron

Feel no guilt. Getting married and giving birth does not mean that you have sold your life away to perfectly healthy people who can get their own damn socks. — Jennifer Crusie

It feels much nobler to feel guilty than resentful, and it takes more courage to express resentment than guilt. With expressing guilt you expect to pacify your opponent; with expressing resentment you might stir up hostility in him. — Frederick Salomon Perls

Feeling guilty quote Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

Vegetarianism can easily reach religious proportions. Refraining from meat on moral grounds serves to dignify feelings of guilt toward sad-eyed, furry creatures and substitutes righteousness for squeamishness. — Bill Griffith

Being hurt inevitably breeds feelings of hatred towards your attacker. But when we hurt others, we have to deal with their hatred for us, and our own feelings of guilt. But knowing what it feels like to be hurt is exactly why we try to be kind to others. That's what makes us human. — Masashi Kishimoto

Guilt is the sum total of: All the negative feelings we have ever had about ourselves! Any form of self-hatred, self-rejection, feelings of worthlessness, sinfulness, inferiority, incompetence, failure, or emptiness. The feeling that there are things in us that are lacking or missing or incomplete. — Kenneth Wapnick

I walk around feeling a sort of existential guilt all the time; and honestly for me this house is a way of feeling less guilty about the universe. - Julia Louis — Alfred Dreyfus

Guilt Quotes

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We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising. — Maya Angelou

I want to love you without clutching, appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt, criticize you without blaming, and help you without insulting. If I can have the same from you, then we can truly meet and enrich each other. — Virginia Satir

Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart. — Jim Henson

Feeling guilty quote Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression, it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing. — Joseph Prince

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. — Alan Watts

It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance ; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. — Chris Hedges

Feeling guilty quote A King only bows down to his Queen.
A King only bows down to his Queen.

Guilt is really the reverse side of the coin of pride. Guilt aims at self-destruction, and pride aims at the destruction of others. — Bill W.

By justification we are saved from the guilt of sin…by sanctification we are saved from the power and root of sin — John Wesley

My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt. — Anna Sewell

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

Guilt Free Quotes

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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

For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious--or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution. — Naomi Wolf

Grace doesn't cause people to live in sin; it frees them from the paralyzing effects of guilt and condemnation so that they can live holier accidentally now than they ever did on purpose before. — Andrew Wommack

Feeling guilty quote If the feelings are mutual, the effort will be equal.
If the feelings are mutual, the effort will be equal.

It is music that welds spiritual and sensual, that can convey ecstasy free of guilt, faith without dogma, love as homage, and a person at home with nature and the infinite. — Yehudi Menuhin

With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best. — Zig Ziglar

I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free. — Angelina Jolie

Feeling guilty quote It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flo
It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart.

By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free. — Jim Rohn

Nothing can produce so great a serenity of life as a mind free from guilt and kept untainted, not only from actions, but purposes that are wicked. By this means the soul will be not only unpolluted but also undisturbed. The fountain will run clear and unsullied. — Plutarch

He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will. — Seneca

Fretting about overpopulation, is a perfect guilt-free - indeed, sanctimonious - way for "progressives" to be racists. — P. J. O'Rourke

Guilt Trip Quotes

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Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It's hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training. — Michelle Kwan

Once you become a mother, you always have a guilt trip. You always try to do the best, but you feel you can always be better. — Gal Gadot

Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. — George Carlin

The journey of life is both too short and too precious to be sidetracked by guilt trips. — Bill Crawford

Move forward with no second-guessing, no guilt trips, no hesitation. Your purpose is to recreate yourself anew in each moment. — Neale Donald Walsch

Men are that they might have joy . . . not guilt trips. — Russell M. Nelson

Only when we accept and forgive all that is or has been the good, the bad, and the ugly of our human lives can we get off the guilt trip and back into the flow. That means we must love our humanness and all of our failings; we must accept, learn from, and yes, even love our mistakes. — Sonia Choquette

The idea of karma is that you continually get the teaching that you need to open your heart. — Pema Chodron

Have to love the preemptive guilt trip! I will be visiting home for Mother's Day. Hoping for minimal "baby cannon" talk, but realistically that's going to be a big part of the day. — Kate Siegel

Guilt-tripping people does not work; they tend to be turned off. — Nicholas D. Kristof

Guilty Conscience Quotes

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A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy. — Indian Proverbs

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A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. — Albert Camus

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

The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach. — Aleister Crowley

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

A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. — Carolyn Wells

I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience. — Albert Einstein

If any speak ill of thee, fly home to thy own conscience and examine thy heart. If thou art guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction. — George Herbert

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

An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth. — Mark Twain

Guilt And Shame Quotes

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From the perspective of the one committing suicide, his or her act can be one of the most perverse forms of moral manipulation, as it abandons those left behind to their shame, guilt, and grief. Suicide is something like a metaphysical "I gotcha!" It is often an attempt to kill or wound others. — Stanley Hauerwas

Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame and guilt about the human body. — Lee Salk

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt. — William Cowper

There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have. — George Carlin

It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful. — Henri Rousseau

Have the courage to be exactly who you are without apology. Admit your mistakes without beating yourself up. Release all shame! Release all guilt! You cannot live if you are hiding behind what was. Focus on what is, right now, and that is you! — Iyanla Vanzant

Child abuse is one of those issues that's very difficult to talk about because it's surrounded by guilt and shame and so on, but us avoiding that issue doesn't help those kids in need out there who need support. — Chris Hemsworth

The distinction between shame and guilt is very important, since these two emotions may tear a person in opposite directions. The wish to relieve guilt may motivate a confession, but the wish to avoid the humiliation of shame may prevent it. — Paul Ekman

When we wallow in guilt, remorse, and shame over real or imagined sins of the past, we are disdaining God's gift of grace. — Brennan Manning

Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame's is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement. — Brene Brown

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More Feeling Guilty Quotes

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...morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins. Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal. — Jane Goodall

The Zoo is a prison for animals who have been sentenced without trial and I feel guilty because I do nothing about it. But there it was, I wanted to see an oyster-catcher and I was no better than the people who'd caged oyster-catchers for me to see. — Russell Hoban

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. — Steve Jobs

I know what it’s like to be manipulated, Aya-la. And I know what it’s like to be in danger. While your city was building you mansions to live in, my friends and I have been protecting this planet. We’ve spilled more blood than you have flowing in your veins. So don’t try to make me feel guilty! -Tally Youngblood, Extras — Scott Westerfeld

Sleep was the greatest invention in the history of mankind. When I was sleeping, I wasn’t feeling guilty, or miserable, or sad. — Jenna Black

... You get surreal numbers by playing games. I used to feel guilty in Cambridge that I spent all day playing games, while I was supposed to be doing mathematics. Then, when I discovered surreal numbers, I realized that playing games IS math. — John Horton Conway

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t. — Mary Schmich

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. — J. K. Rowling

A broom sweeps clean, and itself becomes soiled; cleanse yourself of those offenses of which you may feel guilty. — Baal Shem Tov

They [NPR] are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don't want any other point of view. They don't even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive. — Roger Ailes

I was the captain of the latent paranoid softball team. We used to play all the neurotics on sunday morning. Nailbiters against the bedwetters, and if you've never seen neurotics play softball, it's really funny. I used to steal second base, and feel guilty and go back. — Woody Allen

Very few men imprisoned for economic crimes or even crimes of passion against the oppressor feel that they are really guilty. — George Jackson

Don't feel guilty about driving somewhere nice to run. If people can drive to a park to eat hot dogs, you can drive there to run. — Bill Rodgers

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