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Wise Quotes about Shame

May you find great value in these Shame quotes and sayings.

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

Related topics: Values Self

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

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

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

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

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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

Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe,
more than half the population of the world -
out of six billion people,
more than three billion - do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank.
This is a shame.
- Muhammad Yunus

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

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

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

It's a crying shame we don't play more parks and fairs.
I would love to go right to the Chamber of Commerce or whoever they are,
so that we could get involved in a different way.
- Davy Jones

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
- Howard Zinn

It is a most disgraceful shame the way in which Irishmen are brought up.
They are ashamed of their language, institutions,
and of everything Irish.
- Douglas Hyde

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

The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it,
the course of the world takes away the shame of it.
- John Owen

In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving
around old trunks of bad times,
the pain of this and the shame of that,
the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.
- John Leonard

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

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

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

If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest,
then I will have to live with this shame.
- Tenzing Norgay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not
this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.
- John Updike

I also know how to ask people for money and I have
no shame about doing that.
- Roma Downey

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

You know the great irony is that people think you have
to have money to enjoy fine food,
which is a shame.
- Ted Allen

Justice is a whore that won't let herself be stiffed,
and collects the wages of shame even from the poor.
- Karl Kraus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
- William Cowper

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

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

The only shame is to have none.
- Blaise Pascal

I never learned hate at home, or shame.
I had to go to school for that.
- Dick Gregory

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

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

Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
- Tertullian

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

I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers;
rather,
compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides.
- Kyan Douglas

I gave up shame a long time ago.
- John Lithgow

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

After all, you put a lot into creating a universe and
everything that goes with it,
and it seems a shame to use it only once.
- Terry Brooks

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

I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood.
It's a shame.
- Thom Yorke

You know what, rip me off once, shame on me.
But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.
- Billy Mays

Shame, shame, shame.
How many times have I told you not to be frightened?
Have I not told you God looks after all his children?
- Willis Goldbeck

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

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

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

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

The glory of my name increases my shame.
Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes.
- Jean Racine

Ignorance makes most men go into a political party,
and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
- Edward F. Halifax

Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment
for a child than beating.
- Samuel Richardson

Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.
- Johannes Kepler

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


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