Shame Quotes and Sayings

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.

Submitted by: Robbie on August 20, 2014

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

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin

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