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The guilty mind debases the great image that it wears, and levels us with brutes.
      - William Havard

What we call real estate--the solid ground to build a house on--is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        The House of Seven Gables--The Flight of Two Owls

Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast,
  Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Irene (act IV, sc, 8)

Guilt's a terrible thing.
      - Ben Jonson

The gods
  Grow angry with your patience. 'Tis their care,
    And must be yours, that guilty men escape not:
      As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself.
      - Ben Jonson, Catiline (act III, sc. 5)

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Guilt is a poor, helpless, dependent being. Without the alliance of able, diligent, and let me add, fortunate fraud, it is inevitably undone. If the guilty culprit be obstinately silent, it forms a deadly presumption against him; if he speaks, talking tends only to his discovery, and his very defence often furnishes the materials for his conviction.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Whatever guilt is perpetrated by some evil prompting, is grievous to the author of the crime. This is the first punishment of guilt that no one who is guilty is acquitted at the judgment seat of his own conscience.
  [Lat., Exemplo quodcumque malo committitur, ipsi
    Displicet auctori. Prima est haec ultio, quod se
      Judice nemo nocens absolvitur.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 1)

All fear, but fear of heaven, betrays a guilt,
  And guilt is villainy.
      - Nathaniel Lee

Men's minds are too ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves.
  [Lat., Ingenia humana sunt ad suam cuique levandam culpam nimio plus facunda.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXVIII, 25)

Those who guilt stains it equals.
  [Lat., Facinus quos inquinat aequat.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (V, 290)

Neither side is guiltless if its adversary is appointed judge.
  [Lat., Nulla manus belli, mutato judice, pura est.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (VII, 263)

These false pretexts and varnished colours failing,
  Rare in thy guilt how foul must thou appear.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 901)

Alas! How difficult it is to prevent the countenance from betraying guilt!
  [Heu! quam difficile est crimen non prodere vultu.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (II, 447)

All good men and women should be on their guard to avoid guilt, and even the suspicion of it.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

I esteem death a trifle, if not caused by guilt.
  [Lat., Dum ne ob male facta peream, parvi aestimo.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Captivi
         (III, 5, 24)

Nothing is more wretched that the mind of a man conscious of guilt.
  [Lat., Nihil est miserius quam animus hominis conscius.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Mostellaria (act III, 1, 13)

How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 230)

Guilt is a spiritual Rubicon.
      - Jane Porter

Guilt is always jealous.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Guilt is the source of sorrow; 'tis the fiend,
  The avenging fiend, that follows us behind
    With whips and stings.
      - Nicholas Rowe

There are no greater prudes than those women who have some secret to hide.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

It is base to filch a purse, daring to embezzle a million, but it is great beyond measure to steal a crown. The sin lessens as the guilt increases.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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