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Quotes about Shame

Let these Shame quotes help you to let go of your troubles and move on to a joyful and inspiring life.

Guilt is about actions or behavior;
while shame is about the self.
- "Dr. Sanity"

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Isn't it a shame that future generations can't be here
to see all the wonderful things we're doing with their money?
- Earl Wilson

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack


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Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers;
rather,
compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides.
- Kyan Douglas

It's a shame in a way that people come and go with one album.
- Marc Almond

The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame,
- when she has once ceased to blush,
it is because she has too much to blush for.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
- William Cowper

Ira Gershwin, shame on him.
I mean, some of the writing.
- Joni Mitchell

I wanted control over what was said and what was not said,
rather than holding my head down in shame.
- Rebecca Loos

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians
have to get hurt in wars,
otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy
way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.
- Fred Woodworth

Shame is an unhappy emotion invented by pietists in
order to exploit the human race.
- Blake Edwards

You've got to vote for someone.
It's a shame, but it's got to be done.
- Whoopi Goldberg

I don't read a great deal of fiction,
to my shame, other than the classics.
- Richard Attenborough

It's a shame anyone had to lose that.
What a great rivalry.
- Mike Tice

I never learned hate at home, or shame.
I had to go to school for that.
- Dick Gregory

Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
- Hesiod

It's a shame because we experienced probably the greatest thing -
in art,
in pop - we'll ever do.
And it would be good to sit around and talk about it.
- Gary Kemp

It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work.
He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours;
he can't make love for eight hours.
The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
- William Faulkner

Shame, shame, shame.
How many times have I told you not to be frightened?
Have I not told you God looks after all his children?
- Willis Goldbeck

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly
extinguished in the heart;
nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke

A military man can scarcely pride himself on having
smitten a sleeping enemy;
it is more a matter of shame,
simply, for the one smitten.
- Isoroku Yamamoto

There is a lust in man no charm can tame:
Of loudly publishing his neighbor's shame:
On eagles wings immortal scandals fly,
while virtuous actions are born and die.
- William Harvey

I think we're at risk with our democracy.
I think we're dealing with the most closed,
imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory.
They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things,
holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave,
and light, without shame or blame.
- Thomas Hobbes

Well it's because the record companies are pumping
away with their commercial stuff.
I think it's a shame.
- Marian McPartland

I also know how to ask people for money and I have
no shame about doing that.
- Roma Downey

It's a crying shame we don't play more parks and fairs.
I would love to go right to the Chamber of Commerce or whoever they are,
so that we could get involved in a different way.
- Davy Jones

It's a shame to call somebody a 'diva' simply because
they work harder than everybody else.
- Jennifer Lopez

Any time you have loose ballots, you have to worry about shenanigans.
It's a shame such a hard-fought election has to come
down to something like this.
- David Axelrod

I don't think closeted homosexual morticians have the
market cornered on self-loathing or sense of shame.
- Michael C. Hall

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.
- John Dryden

We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour.
We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame;
however you take it we men are a little breed.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting
rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well.
- Louis Kronenberger

Above all, what socialist, without flushing with shame,
maintains he is not a revolutionary? We say:
none!.
- Johann Most

One is never so dangerous when one has no shame,
than when one has grown too old to blush.
- Marquis de Sade

It is quite time that our children were taught a little
more about their country,
for shame's sake.
- Henry Lawson

It didn't happen, but I feel fortunate for the two
chances we had and it's just a shame we didn't go to
a World Series for Cub fans.
- Ryne Sandberg

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
- Howard Zinn

False shame accompanies a man that is poor,
shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him;
shame is with poverty,
but confidence with wealth.
- Hesiod

In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving
around old trunks of bad times,
the pain of this and the shame of that,
the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.
- John Leonard

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the
human condition there is no shame in being wrong,
only in failing to correct our mistakes.
- George Soros

You know what, rip me off once, shame on me.
But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.
- Billy Mays

It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
- Horace

Ignorance makes most men go into a political party,
and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
- Edward F. Halifax

As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing.
You also bring shame in as a phenomenon.
- Jock Sturges

I was beautiful.
Now, because I am old, I take no shame in so saying.
- Lillie Langtry

Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
- Alexander Pope

Shame is such an intense emotion.
It just can drive you.
- Kyra Sedgwick

When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a
self-made man in America?
- Glenn Beck

The way we've been neglecting to support our libraries
throughout the country is a shame.
- Matthew Lesko

Likewise, I see no shame in writing Captain America or Wolverine.
- Mark Millar

Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe,
more than half the population of the world -
out of six billion people,
more than three billion - do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank.
This is a shame.
- Muhammad Yunus

I seem to find different material every four to six
months and I frequently forget it which is a shame
because it would be nice to have a bigger library.
- Leo Kottke

The glory of my name increases my shame.
Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes.
- Jean Racine

The Black skin is not a badge of shame,
but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
- Marcus Garvey

The public have neither shame or gratitude.
- William Hazlitt

You know the great irony is that people think you have
to have money to enjoy fine food,
which is a shame.
- Ted Allen

It is safest to be moderately base -
to be flexible in shame,
and to be always ready for what is generous,
good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
- Sydney Smith

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Standards of beauty are arbitrary.
Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques
don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
- Martha Beck

I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood.
It's a shame.
- Thom Yorke

A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.
- Jane Pauley

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
- Randall Terry

Doubt is the brother of shame.
- Erik Erikson

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should
be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity.
It would be a shame if there was such a divide.
- Keanu Reeves

From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not
this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.
- John Updike


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