Shame Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde

The extremes of glory and of shame, Like east and west, become the same No Indian prince has to his palace - More followers than a thief to the gallows

Samuel Butler

Shame occurs when you haven't been able to get away with the 'who' you want people to think you are.

Carl Whitaker

Where shame is, there is also fear.

John Milton

The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.

Sydney Smith

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

John Lyly

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.


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

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.

Jonathan Swift

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

Chinese Proverb

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

Charles Dickens

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

Sydney Smith

Its a shame, she had me convinced that she couldve been a dime. I guess I lost another one to the wintertime.


Oh, what a shame What a rainy ending given to a perfect day Just walk away Ain't no use defending words that you will never say And now that I'm sitting here thinking of you I've never been anywhere cold as you

Taylor Swift

3 Lies That Bind Us to Guilt and Shame

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Updated On : August 09, 2013
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