a guilty conscience needs no accuser
- Cf. Disticha Catonis I. xvii. conscius ipse sibi de se putat omnia dici, the man with something on his conscience thinks he is always the subject of talk.
c 1390 CHAUCER Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue 1. 688 For Catoun [Dionysius Cato] seith that he that gilty is Demeth alle thyng be spoke of him.
1597 Politeu-phuia 10v A Guilty conscience is a worme that bites and neuer ceaseth... A guiltie conscience is neuer without feare.
1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 9 A guilty Conscience self accuses. A Man that has done ill..shews his Guilt.
1744 Life & Adventures Matthew Bishop viii. It is an old saying, a guilty conscience needs no accuser.
1881 D. C. MURRAY Joseph’s Coat I. viii. ‘Where are you off to?’ asked George with a great effort... A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
1952 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Mag. Apr. 25 ‘Why should I think that?’ I said, groping for his identity. ‘Because you were thinking about me.’ Then I knew he was speaking of Hinck-man’s murder and must be the murderer—‘a guilty conscience needs no accuser.’
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