— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Hounds of Love (1985), The Ninth Wave
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Hart-leap Well, part ii.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.“
— Tennessee Williams, Un tranvía llamado Deseo
Fuente: A Streetcar Named Desire
— Jack Kerouac, libro Big Sur
Fuente: Big Sur (1962)
„I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone.“
— F. Lee Bailey American lawyer 1933
Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1972.
„Their piety is as abject as their justice. Am I innocent? I'm guilty. Am I guilty? I'm innocent. (I'm innocent when I'm guilty, guilty when I'm innocent. I'm guilty when … but that is another song. Another song? It's all the same song.) Guilty innocent, innocent guilty, the fact is I quit.“
— Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998
The Clerk's Vision (1949)
Contexto: The world stretches out before me, the vast world of the big, the little, and the medium. Universe of kings and presidents and jailors, of mandarins and pariahs and liberators and liberated, of judges and witnesses and the condemned: stars of the first, second, third and nth magnitudes, planets, comets, bodies errant and eccentric or routine and domesticated by the laws of gravity, the subtle laws of falling, all keeping step, all turning slowly or rapidly around a void. Where they claim the central sun lies, the solar being, the hot beam made out of every human gaze, there is nothing but a hole and less than a hole: the eye of a dead fish, the giddy cavity of the eye that falls into itself and looks at itself without seeing. There is nothing with which to fill the hollow center of the whirlwind. The springs are smashed, the foundations collapsed, the visible or invisible bonds that joined one star to another, one body to another, one man to another, are nothing but a tangle of wires and thorns, a jungle of claws and teeth that twist us and chew us and spit us out and chew us again. No one hangs himself by the rope of a physical law. The equations fall tirelessly into themselves.
And in regard to the present matter, if the present matters: I do not belong to the masters. I don't wash my hands of it, but I am not a judge, nor a witness for the prosecution, nor an executioner. I do not torture, interrogate, or suffer interrogation. I do not loudly plead for leniency, nor wish to save myself or anyone else. And for all that I don't do and for all that they do to us, I neither ask forgiveness nor forgive. Their piety is as abject as their justice. Am I innocent? I'm guilty. Am I guilty? I'm innocent. (I'm innocent when I'm guilty, guilty when I'm innocent. I'm guilty when … but that is another song. Another song? It's all the same song.) Guilty innocent, innocent guilty, the fact is I quit.
„What nobility of feeling! To sacrifice your own pleasure to preserve the comfort of others! It is a thing, I confess, that would never occur to me.“
— Susanna Clarke, libro Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Fuente: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
„I feel queasy about the idea of having non-Asians taking center stage in one of my books. I would feel guilty about it, as if I were trying to deny my ethnic heritage, even though this is precisely what I am suggesting we should be free to do.“
— Don Lee (author) American writer 1959
On the writing dilemmas that he faces in “Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature Box” https://www.guernicamag.com/don-lee-the-ethnic-literature-box/ in Guernica Magazine (2012 Jun 25)
„I am guilty that I raised your hopes about wedding, marriage, children and family, and many other things.“
— Ziad Jarrah September 11th hijacker 1975 - 2001
Letter to Aysel Şengün (2001)
— Paulo Coelho, libro El manuscrito encontrado en Accra
Manuscript Found in Accra (2012), Our fate
— Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
— Craig Ferguson, libro Between the Bridge and the River
Between the Bridge and the River (2006)
— Dante Alighieri, libro Inferno
Canto VI, lines 107–108 (tr. Longfellow).
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno
— Robert Erskine Childers Irish nationalist and author 1870 - 1922
Fuente: Literary Years and War (1900-1918), The Riddle Of The Sands (1903), p. 1.
„I’m gonna feel guilty about this for a while. It’s the Jew in me – like, 'Oh, no, you spent money!“
— Joe Trohman American musician 1984
My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue (2004), Rolling Stone Interview
„Men remain feeling guilty, for a false sense of guilt has no cure save the truth, and this is not forthcoming. Since the citizens are now guilt-ridden because of their education and political indoctrination, they are more amenable to robbery, and even murder. If the white man feels guilty towards the Negro, he is less capable of defending himself against the Negroes who turn into a revolutionary rabble, bent on theft and murder. The state finds it easier to rob men when men feel guilty for what they are and have, and the state drones on and on about the needs of the poor of the nation and of the world.“
— Rousas John Rushdoony American theologian 1916 - 2001
Fuente: Writings, Politics of Guilt and Pity (1978), p. 46