Shame Quotes | Sayings on the Weight of Shame

The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between “I am bad” and “I did something bad”.
– Brene Brown

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There is no shame in turning back, when you discover you are on the wrong path.

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Shame should be reserved for the things we choose to do, not the circumstances that life puts on us.
– Ann Patchett

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

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Never be ashamed of doing what feels right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.

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Shame is a soul eating emotion.
– C.G. Jung

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We live in a world where most people still subscribe to the belief that shame is a good tool for keeping people in line. Not only is this wrong, but it’s dangerous. Shame is highly correlated with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders, and bullying.
– Brene Brown

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Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before-more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.
– Charles Dickens

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

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

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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

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Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.
– Og Mandino

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The difference between guilt and shame is very clear – in theory. We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are. A person feels guilt because he did something wrong. A person feels shame because he is something wrong. We may feel guilty because we lied to our mother. We may feel shame because we are not the person our mother wanted us to be.
– Lewis B. Smedes

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

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

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There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.
– Leon Brown

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The worse thing you can ever do to yourself is to be ashamed of being you just because of what other people will think…that’s a suicide to your existence.

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Where there is no shame, there is no honor.

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I felt suddenly shy. I was not used to shy. I was used to shame. Shyness is when you turn your head away from something you want. Shame is when you turn your head away from something you do not want.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

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Never do anything you are ashamed of and you’ll never have to lie.

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