It is enough for a poet to be the guilty conscience of his age.
There is just as much evil in all of us as there is good. We're all continuously guilty, even if we're not doing it intentionally to be evil. Here we are sitting in luxury hotels, living it up on the the backs of others in the third world. We all have a guilty conscience, but we do very little about it. Michael Haneke
A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. Carolyn Wells
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus
Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty conscience, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war. Thor Heyerdahl