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Shame Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Shame

Please enjoy these Shame Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Guilt is about actions or behavior;
while shame is about the self.
- "Dr. Sanity"

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Isn't it a shame that future generations can't be here
to see all the wonderful things we're doing with their money?
- Earl Wilson

Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

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God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I was always the shame of the family -
the one Yankee who was actually born in the North.
- Randy Harrison

I think we're at risk with our democracy.
I think we're dealing with the most closed,
imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory.
They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark

Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
- Alexander Pope

It is quite time that our children were taught a little
more about their country,
for shame's sake.
- Henry Lawson

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
- Randall Terry

The only shame is to have none.
- Blaise Pascal

Nobody can stop you but you.
And shame on you if you're the one who stops yourself.
- Damon Wayans

It's a shame in a way that people come and go with one album.
- Marc Almond

Ira Gershwin, shame on him.
I mean, some of the writing.
- Joni Mitchell

Guys would sleep with a bicycle if it had the right color lip gloss on.
They have no shame.
They're like bull elks in a field.
- Tori Amos

Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats:
neither fear nor shame can cure them.
- Jean de La Fontaine

But let us not too hastily triumph in the shame of Sparta,
lest we aggravate our own condemnation.
- Thomas Day

Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
- Hesiod

It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
- Horace

You've got to vote for someone.
It's a shame, but it's got to be done.
- Whoopi Goldberg

The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large
numbers to black-and-white movies anymore -
which is a great shame,
but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day.
- Sam Mendes

False shame accompanies a man that is poor,
shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him;
shame is with poverty,
but confidence with wealth.
- Hesiod

Well it's because the record companies are pumping
away with their commercial stuff.
I think it's a shame.
- Marian McPartland

People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s.
Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it.
Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
- Robert Wyatt

I wanted control over what was said and what was not said,
rather than holding my head down in shame.
- Rebecca Loos

I hope this will help new moms not feel alone or desperate,
and that there is no shame in their feelings.
PPD is out of their control, but the treatment and healing process is not.
- Brooke Shields

We knew Chris Matthews had no shame.
Now we also know the king of TV ghouls has no souls.
- Michelle Malkin

The first draught serveth for health,
the second for pleasure, the third for shame,
and the fourth for madness.
- Anacharsis

To say of shame - what is it? Of virtue -
we can miss it; Of sin-we can kiss it,
And it's no longer sin.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne

It's a shame because we experienced probably the greatest thing -
in art,
in pop - we'll ever do.
And it would be good to sit around and talk about it.
- Gary Kemp

The way we've been neglecting to support our libraries
throughout the country is a shame.
- Matthew Lesko

If we have anything kind to say, any tender sentiment to express,
we feel a sense of shame.
- Ugo Betti

Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the
woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.
- Carl Sandburg

I'm the last person who has any desire to instruct anybody in shame.
That's no errand for me.
- Jock Sturges

I seem to find different material every four to six
months and I frequently forget it which is a shame
because it would be nice to have a bigger library.
- Leo Kottke

You are not your mind. You, a Spiritual BEing,
are neither your mind nor your body.
Mind and body are your tools - to use as you choose.
Sometimes your body appears to have a will of its own,
as when it twitches or pains.
Likewise, your mind often appears to have its own will.
That incessant chattering of regret, disappointment, guilt,
shame, foreboding, worry, and fear
is your Rattlesnake Mind striking off on its own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'd love to be in another film, but they haven't asked me.
I think it's a shame but the prospects of me doing
another one now are remote.
Please do campaign on my behalf.
- Julie Walters

As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing.
You also bring shame in as a phenomenon.
- Jock Sturges

When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a
self-made man in America?
- Glenn Beck

For the most part fraud in the end secures for its
companions repentance and shame.
- Charles Simmons

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians
have to get hurt in wars,
otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy
way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.
- Fred Woodworth

Shame is such an intense emotion.
It just can drive you.
- Kyra Sedgwick

If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame;
for this is the only profit when we are dead.
You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
- Aeschylus

Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki.
The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than
the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
- Jacob Bronowski

It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds
should be awake earlier than you.
- Abu Bakr

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto
and the Jewish badge of shame.
The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
- Lionel Blue

I don't read a great deal of fiction,
to my shame, other than the classics.
- Richard Attenborough

It didn't happen, but I feel fortunate for the two
chances we had and it's just a shame we didn't go to
a World Series for Cub fans.
- Ryne Sandberg

It's a shame the Manchester United situation turned sour.
- Paul Ince

Standards of beauty are arbitrary.
Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques
don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
- Martha Beck

Most of the groups I worked with 30 years ago are either dead or dead broke.
And it's a shame.
- Ronnie Spector

Acting is half shame, half glory.
Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.
- John Gielgud

Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame.
- John Lyly

Above all, what socialist, without flushing with shame,
maintains he is not a revolutionary? We say:
none!.
- Johann Most

It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work.
He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours;
he can't make love for eight hours.
The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
- William Faulkner

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
- Michel de Montaigne

I used to look in the mirror and feel shame,
I look in the mirror now and I absolutely love myself.
- Drew Barrymore

Warren Spector is amazing, and his team is as good as any in the business.
Shame to see all the revenues from their game entangled
with all the madness of the Dallas office.
- Mike Wilson

Hard work without talent is a shame,
but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
- Robert Half

I promise not to become a source of shame for you.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

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

One is never so dangerous when one has no shame,
than when one has grown too old to blush.
- Marquis de Sade

My lady's presence makes the roses red,
because to see her lips they blush for shame.
- Henry Constable

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly
extinguished in the heart;
nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke

It is safest to be moderately base -
to be flexible in shame,
and to be always ready for what is generous,
good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
- Sydney Smith

A military man can scarcely pride himself on having
smitten a sleeping enemy;
it is more a matter of shame,
simply, for the one smitten.
- Isoroku Yamamoto

It's a shame to call somebody a 'diva' simply because
they work harder than everybody else.
- Jennifer Lopez


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