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The sin lessens in human estimation only as the guilt increases.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Haste, holy Friar,
  Haste, ere the sinner shall expire!
    Of all his guilt let him be shriven,
      And smooth his path from earth to heaven!
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto V, st. 22)

Let wickedness escape as it may at the bar, it never fails of doing justice upon itself; for every guilty person is his own hangman.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will.
  [Lat., Haud est nocens, quicumque non sponte est nocens.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (886)

The fearful face usually betrays great guilt.
  [Lat., Multa trepidus solet
    Detegere vultus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes

A wicked conscience mouldeth goblins swift as frenzy thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare

All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.
      - William Shakespeare

Guiltiness will speak, though tongues were out of use.
      - William Shakespeare

I'll haunt thee like a wicked conscience still.
      - William Shakespeare

O, she is fallen
  Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
    Hath drops too few to wash her clean again.
      - William Shakespeare

The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed.
      - William Shakespeare

The mind of guilt is full of scorpions.
      - William Shakespeare

They whose guilt within their bosom lies, imagine every eye beholds their blame.
      - William Shakespeare

And then it started, like a guilty thing
  Upon a fearful summons.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at I, i)

But mine, and mine I loved, and mine I praised,
  And mine that I was proud on--mine so much
    That I myself was to myself not mine,
      Valuing of her--why she, O, she is fall'n
        Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
          Hath drops too few to wash her clean again,
            And salt too little which may season give
              To her foul tainted flesh!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Leonato at IV, i)

When guilt is in its blush of infancy, it trembles in a tenderness of shame; and the first eye that pierces through the veil that hides the secret brings it to the face.
      - Thomas Southerne (Southern)

One fault begets another; one crime renders another necessary.
      - Robert Southey

They who once engage in iniquitous designs miserably deceive themselves when they think that they will go so far and no farther; one fault begets another, one crime renders another necessary; and thus they are impelled continually downward into a depth of guilt, which at the commencement of their career they would have died rather than have incurred.
      - Robert Southey

Our sins, like to our shadows, when our day was in its glory, scarce appeared; toward our evening, how great and monstrous!
      - Sir John Suckling

It is easy to defend the innocent; but who is eloquent enough to defend the guilty?
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

A guilty conscience never feels secure.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

He who flees from trial confesses his guilt.
  [Lat., Fatetur facinus is qui judicum fugit.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Let guilty men remember, their black deeds
  Do lean on crutches made of slender reeds.
      - John Webster,
        The White Devil; or, Vittoria Corombona
         (act V, sc. 6)

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