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

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
      - Horace Mann

Shame sticks ever close to the ribs of honor.
      - Thomas Middleton

Where shame is, there is also fear.
      - John Milton

That holy shame, which ne'er forgets
  What clear renown it us'd to wear;
    Whose blush remains when virtue sets,
      To show her sunshine has been there.
      - Thomas Moore

Shame is a feeling of profanation. Friendship, love and piety ought to be handled with a sort of mysterious secrecy; they ought to be spoken of only in the rare moments of perfect confidence,--to be mutually understood in silence. Many things are too delicate to be thought,--many more, to be spoken.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

I know not how to tell thee! Shame rises in my face, and interrupts the story of my tongue!
      - Thomas Otway

I am not ashamed that these reproaches can be cast upon us, and that they can not be repelled.
  [Lat., Pudet haec opprobria nobis
    Et dici potuisse et non potuisse repelli.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. I, 758)

Here shame dissuades him, there his fear prevails,
  And each by turns his aching heart assails.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. III, Transformation of Actoeon, l. 73),
        (Addison's translation)

I count him lost, who is lost to shame.
  [Lat., Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Bacchides
         (III, 3, 80)

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

For often vice, provoked to shame, borrows the color of a virtuous deed; thus libertines are chaste, and misers good, a coward valiant, and a priest sincere.
      - Dr. George Sewell

All is confounded, all!
  Reproach and everlasting shame
    Sits mocking in our plumes.
      - William Shakespeare

O shame, where is thy blush?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

He was not born to shame.
  Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit;
    For 'tis a throne where honor may be crowned
      Sole monarch of the universal earth.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at III, ii)

Mort de ma vie! all is confounded, all!
  Reproach and everlasting shame
    Sits mocking in our plumes.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at IV, v)

We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
         (act I)

Shame is the dying embers of virtue.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Nothing is truly infamous, but what is wicked; and therefore shame can never disturb an innocent and virtuous mind.
      - Thomas Sherlock

In shame there is no comfort but to be beyond all bounds of shame.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Lecture on the Evil Affections

In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace.
      - Sophocles

Of all evils to the generous, shame is the most deadly pang.
      - James Thomson (1)

There are two restraints which God has laid upon human nature, shame and fear; shame is the weaker, and has place only in those in whom there are some reminders of virtue.
      - John Tillotson


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