25 March, 2012

The Guilt Of A Moorland Pony And Guilty Quotes

Bodmin Moor Horse

I was walking on Bodmin Moor last week, where there are still wild ponies and sheep graze on the moorland. I came across the sign in the photo - does that pony look a bit guilty? Perhaps it wasn't a dog after all.

A little more about guilt from these guilty quotes:

They who feel guilty are afraid, and they who are afraid somehow feel guilty. To the onlooker, too, the fearful seem guilty.
~ Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind (1954)

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

Where guilt is, rage and courage both abound.
~ Ben Jonson, Sejanus His Fall (1602)

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

O, she is fallen
Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
Hath drops too few to wash her clean again.
~ William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99)

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.
~ Plautus, Mostellaria

The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will.
~ Seneca, Hercules

No disease of the imagination is so difficult to cure, as that which is complicated with the dread of guilt: fancy and conscience then act interchangeably upon us, and so often shift their places, that the illusions of one are not distinguished from the dictates of the other.
~ E. M. Forster, Commonplace Book,

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7 comments:

  1. I think he's innocent! Me too.

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    1. It's odd but I presume dead sheep have been found - though the culprit could be the Beast of Bodmin (more about that on Tuesday!)

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  3. I didn't see a thing, he must be innocent

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  4. Chauser's quote my favorite.
    The guilty are always talking about their innocence.

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