Guilty

The mind is guilty of adultery even if it merely pictures to itself a vision of carnal pleasure.

From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.

Sin is an affair of the will. It is not “a vestige of our animal inheritance.” That trivial notion comes from an unexamined, too-quickly swallowed doctrine of evolution. Why blame the brute creation? No self-respecting wolf would be guilty of our modern wars.

To heal quickly, avoid negative influences. There are negative people and influences in our lives. Simple rule: will this person make me feel better. Don’t feel guilty for protecting yourself.

What the world needs is a sense of ultimate embarrassment. Modern man has the power and the wealth to overcome poverty and disease, but he has no wisdom to overcome suspicion. We are guilty of misunderstanding the meaning of existence; we are guilty of distorting our goals and misrepresenting our souls. We are better than our assertions, more intricate, more profound than our theories maintain.

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.

He who is guilty is the one that has much to say.

I must practice unlimited forgiveness because, if I did not, I should be wanting in veracity to myself, for it would be acting as if I myself were not guilty in the same way as the other has been guilty towards me.

Ah! It is well for the unfortunate to be resigned, but for the guilty there is no peace.

Guilt is thus intimately related to possibility or potentiality. When the "call of conscience" is heard (that is, the call that brings one back to facing one's "authentic" (mode of being), one is always "guilty" and guilty to the extent that one has failed to fulfill authentic possibility.

The existential concept of guilt adds something even more important than the broadening of the scope of "accountability." Most simply put: one is guilty not only through transgressions against another or against some moral or social code, but one may be guilty of transgression against oneself.

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.

Thank God, men that are greatly guilty are never wise.

Power, in whatever hands, is rarely guilty of too strict limitations on itself.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

The most effective way to silence our guilty conscience is to convince ourselves and others that those we have sinned against are indeed depraved creatures, deserving every punishment, even extermination. We cannot pity those we have wronged, nor can we be indifferent toward them. We must hate and persecute them or else leave the door open to self-contempt.

None but the guilty know the withering pains of repentance.

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilt if he only thinks of doing so.

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.