Shame Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.


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

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

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

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

Submitted by: Allent

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

Submitted by: Keith Eubanks

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


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

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

The only shame is to have none.
Blaise Pascal

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