Shame Quotes and Sayings

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

Submitted by: Robbie on August 20, 2014

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

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

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


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

Submitted by: Allent on May 30, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by: Keith Eubanks on November 26, 2009

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only shame is to have none.
Blaise Pascal

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

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.


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

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

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

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

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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