Quotations About / On: GUILT

  • 1.
    True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
    (R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Self and Others, ch. 10 (1961).)
  • 2.
    Good guilt is a product of love and responsibility. It is a natural, positive instinct that parents and good child care providers have. If bad guilt is a monster, good guilt is a friendly fairy godmother, yakking away in your head to keep you alert to the needs of your baby.
    (Jean Marzollo (20th century), U.S. author. Your Maternity Leave, ch. 3 (1989).)
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    Although the most incisive judges of the witches and even the witches themselves were convinced of the guilt of witchcraft, this guilt nevertheless did not exist. Thus it is with all guilt.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 515, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 250, "Guilt," (1882).)
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  • 4.
    There is no such thing as collective guilt.
    (Kurt Waldheim (b. 1918), Austrian diplomat, president. International Herald Tribune (Paris, March 11, 1988). On the charges of collaboration with the Nazi regime in Austria during World War II.)
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  • 5.
    I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
    (Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. inaugural lecture, January 7, 1977, Collège de France; repr. In Barthes: Selected Writings (1982). Published as Leçon (1978).)
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  • 6.
    You feign guilt in order to justify yourself.
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Theseus, in Phaedra. Act 4, sc. 2 (1677). Theseus is speaking of his son's confession to a crime other than the one of which he is accused.)
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  • 7.
    A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 151.)
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  • 8.
    My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech novelist, short-story writer. (Originally published 1919). The officer, in In The Penal Settlement, Metamorphosis and Other Stories (1961).)
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  • 9.
    Guilt plays a large part in my life.
    (Christine Zajac, U.S. fifth-grade teacher. As quoted in Among Schoolchildren, "September" section, part 3, by Tracy Kidder (1989). Reflecting on an error she made in handling a recalcitrant pupil.)
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  • 10.
    Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
    (Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 11 (1751).)
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