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SHAME
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[ Also see Blushes Conscience Disgrace Guilt Honor Modesty Pride Remorse Scandal ]

Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old.
      - Aristotle

I can bear scorpion's stings, tread fields of fire, in frozen gulfs of cold eternal lie, be tossed aloft through tracts of endless void, but cannot live in shame.
      - Joanna Baillie

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

But 'neath yon crimson tree,
  Lover to listening maid might breathe his flame,
    Nor mark, within its roseate canopy,
      Her blush of maiden shame.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Shame is like the weaver's thread; if it breaks in the net, it is wholly imperfect.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

While shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished from the heart.
      - Edmund Burke

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.
      - Edmund Burke

A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsec. 6)

When knaves and fools combin'd o'er all prevail,
  When justice halts, and right begins to fail,
    E'en then the boldest start from public sneers,
      Afraid of shame--unknown to other fears.
        More darkly sin, by satire kept in awe,
          And shrink from ridicule, though not from law.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Those who fear not guilt yet start at shame.
      - Charles Churchill

It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame.
      - Pierre Corneille

Less shame a greater fault would palliate.
  [It., Maggior difetto men vergogna lava.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (XXX, 142)

Hide, for shame, Romans, your grandsires' images, that blush at their degenerate progeny!
      - John Dryden

Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife,
  Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.
      - John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 133)

Nature's hasty conscience.
      - Maria Edgeworth

He that blushes not at his crime, but adds shamelessness to shame, hath nothing left to restore him to virtue.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The only art her guilt to cover,
  To hide her shame from every eye,
    To give repentance to her lover,
      And wring his bosom, is--to die.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. XXIV)

If not yet lost to all the sense of shame.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Shame greatly hurts or greatly helps mankind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

If yet not lost to all the sense of shame.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 350), (Pope's translation)

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well.
      - Louis Kronenberger

False shame only is harmful.
      - Titus Livy

As soon as she (woman) begins to be ashamed of what she ought not, she will not be ashamed of what she ought.
  [Lat., Nae simul pudere quod non oportet coeperit; quod oportet non pudebit.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXIV, 4)

The worst kind of shame is being ashamed of frugality or poverty.
  [Lat., Pessimus quidem pudor vel est parsimoniae vel frugalitatis.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXIV, 4)


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