Famous quotes about shame

Quotes about guilt, shame, embarrassment, self-hatred


Life will not always be a bed of roses. Tables will turn in your favor and against you. Our quotes about shame are an indication of those moments and incidents where you feel humiliated or misfortuned enough that nothing seems to make sense. These will enable you to practice resilience in such moments where you feel yourself in the dark pits of helplessness and guilt.
The main thing is how well we behave when things don’t turn out as we expect them to. The way we handle situations when others wrong us and we are able to do anything to them but we choose dignity. Because it is okay to fall down and mess up a few decisions in life, it is okay to be in pain and become a victim of misfortune but living in some shame or pity situation and doing nothing about it, should never be a choice or solution.
Hence if you’re in that situation and looking for a mentor or proper guidance, these powerful quotes about shame are for you. Take a deep breath and find ways to come out of misery.


  • Be ashamed to die unless you have won some victory for humanity. - Horace Mann

  • 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

  • To keep on trying in spite of disappointment and failure is the only way to keep young and brave. Failures become victories if they make us wise-hearted. - Helen Keller

  • Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

  • In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace. - Sophocles

  • To be shame-bound means that whenever you feel any feeling, need or drive, you immediately feel ashamed. The dynamic core of your human life is grounded in your feelings, needs and drives. When these are bound by shame, you are shamed to the core. - John Bradshow

  • Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God. - Samuel Johnson

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

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

  • The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness. - Marcus Garvey

  • My hands are of your colour; but I shame To wear a heart so white. - William Shakespeare

  • Shame on such a morality that is worthy of pariahs, and that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun! - Arthur Schopenhauer

  • We need never be ashamed of our tears. - Charles Dickens

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

  • Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change. - Brene Brown

  • There's no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it. - George R. R. Martin

  • Emotions like guilt and shame cut you off from web of existence and that causes inflammation in the body. I would recommend that you go to a level of awareness where you can be an observer of your thoughts and emotions and use mindfulness. - Deepek Chopra

  • Shame is probably the hardest emotion to sit with, to express. People go out of their way -- people drink themselves to death, people will murder -- not to feel shame. It's that much of a kicker. - Rick Goodwin

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

  • Unlike guilt, which is the feeling of doing something wrong shame is the feeling of being something wrong. - Marilyn J. Sorensen