1.12.2004

Quotes on the subject of Guilt

How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: Irene (act IV, sc, 8)

A guilty conscience never feels secure.
Author: Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Source: Maxims

Every guilty person is his own hangman.
Author: Seneca
Source: None

Guilt is the source of sorrow, tis the fiend,The avenging fiend, that follows us behindWith whips and stings.
Author: Nicholas Rowe
Source: None

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
* Publilius Syrus

"No disease of the imagination ... is so difficult of cure as that which is complicated with the dread of guilt: fancy and conscience then act interchangeably upon us, and so often shift their places that the illusions of one are not distinguished from the dictates of the other. If fancy presents images not moral or religious, the mind drives them away when they give it pain; but when melancholic notions take the form of duty, they lay hold on the faculties without opposition, because we are afraid to exclude or banish them. For this reason the superstitious are often melancholy, and the melancholy almost always superstitious."
Johnson: Rasselas [Imlac]

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