Shame Quotes

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory,-nothing so expensive as glory.

Sydney Smith

If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.

Chinese Proverb

Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.

Milan Kundera

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.


Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame.

John Lyly

Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.

Benjamin Franklin

The worst kind of shame is being ashamed of frugality or poverty.

Titus Livy

Less shame a greater fault would palliate.


A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.

Robert Burton

Here shame dissuades him, there his fear prevails, And each by turns his aching heart assails.


If yet not lost to all the sense of shame.


The only shame is to have none

Blaise Pascal

If you still have to ask, shame on you.

Louis Armstrong

Deficiency will result in shame and sorrow but caution and foresight will bring peace and security.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

If one does not have these five things there is no good in him: intellect, religion, etiquette, shame and good manners.

Husayn ibn

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.

Bill Clinton

Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.

Samuel Johnson

There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories - Ghost Stories, or more shame for us - round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.

Charles Dickens

What a shame to waste those great shots on the practice tee

Walter Lippmann

To be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ and first upgrowth of all virtue.

Charles Kingsley

However boldly their warm blood was spilt, Their life was shame, their epitaph was guilt; And this they knew and felt, at least the one, The leader of the hand he had undone,-- Who, born for better things, had madly set His life upon a cast, which linger'd yet.


The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, - when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde
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