Shame Quotes and Sayings

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

Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.
Brene Brown

Guilt is feeling bad about what you have done; shame is feeling bad about who you are – all it is, is muddling up things you have done with who you are.
– Marcus Brigstocke

Don’t feel shame for failing but for not trying.

Submitted by: Allent

Shame is not what other people can do to you, instead it is what you let it.

Submitted by: Keith Eubanks

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
– Ralph Ellison

I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.
– Johnny Depp

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Benjamin Franklin

The only shame is to have none.
Blaise Pascal


If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.
Brene Brown

Shame is always easier to handle if you have someone to share it with.
– Craig Thompson


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