Shame Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

Doubt is the brother of shame.
– Erik Erikson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where there is no shame, there is no honor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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