Shame Quotes

Shame is pride's cloak.

William Blake

The guilty catch themselves


Share whatever it is you're ashamed about. You may think you can hide your shame by not talking about it, but in reality, it's your shame that's hiding you.

Adam Appleson

Everyone needs a sense of shame, but no one needs to feel ashamed.

Frederick Nietzsche

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Shame is worse than death.

Russian Proverb

Common sense hides shame.

Gaelic Proverb

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

Benjamin Franklin

What a man is ashamed of is always at bottom himself; and he is ashamed of himself at bottom always for being afraid.

Robin G. Collingwood

False shame only is harmful

Titus Livy

The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

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


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


A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.

Robert Burton
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