Shame Quotes and Sayings

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 be ashamed of doing what feels right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.

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

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Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.
– Brene Brown

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Shame, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder.
– Julie Burchill

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

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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

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The only shame is to have none.
– Blaise Pascal

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That moment of shame when you walk up to an automatic door and it doesn’t open for you.

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

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

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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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Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
– Seneca

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Shame occurs when you haven’t been able to get away with the “who” you want people to think you are.
– Carl Whitaker

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If you are proud for bad reasons, shame waits around the corner.
– Bangambiki Habyarimana

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That walk of shame when you fail at throwing a ball of paper into the trash bin.

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Where there is no shame, there is no honor.

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A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass.
– Colin Powell

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Doubt is the brother of shame.
– Erik Erikson

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Not displaying your affection openly is a sign that you are ashamed of who you are with.

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Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest.
– William Faulkner

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There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Shame and guilt are noble emotions essential in the maintenance of civilized society, and vital for the development of some of the most refined and elegant qualities of human potential.
– Willard Gaylin

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Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as than being unwilling to learn.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old.
– Aristotle

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The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
– Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

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Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture.
– Salman Rushdie

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Survival is your strength not your shame.
– T.S. Eliot

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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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You can’t give up shame without giving up pride.

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

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Our personal shame causes us to transpose treatment we deserve with treatment we do not.
– Alan Robert Neal

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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

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Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.
– Samuel Richardson

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