Shame is, variously, an affect, emotion, cognition, state, or condition. The roots of the word shame are thought to derive from an older word meaning to cover; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively, is a natural expression of shame.
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- A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part I, Section II. Memb. 3. Subsec. 6.
- Love taught him shame, and shame, with love at strife,
Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.
- John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (1700), line 133.
- 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, The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), Chapter XXIV.
- Pudet hæc opprobria nobis
Et dici potuisse et non potuisse repelli.
- I am not ashamed that these reproaches can be cast upon us, and that they can not be repelled.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses (AD 8), Book I. 758.
- Here shame dissuades him, there his fear prevails,
And each by turns his aching heat assails.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses (AD 8), Book III. Transformation of Actæon, line 73. Addison's translation.
- All is confounded, all!
Reproach and everlasting shame
Sits mocking in our plumes.
- He was not born to shame:
Upon his brow shame was asham'd to sit;
For 'tis a throne where honour may be crown'd
Sole monarch of the universal earth.
- 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.
- Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), Act I.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 702.
- Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old.
- Maggior difetto men vergogna lava.
- Less shame a greater fault would palliate.
- Dante Alighieri, Inferno, XXX. 142.
- If yet not lost to all the sense of shame.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book VI, line 350. Pope's translation.
- Næ simul pudere quod non oportet cœperit; quod oportet non pudebit.
- As soon as she (woman) begins to be ashamed of what she ought not, she will not be ashamed of what she ought.
- Livy, Annales, XXXIV. 4.
- Pessimus quidem pudor vel est parsimoniæ vel frugalitatis.
- The worst kind of shame is being ashamed of frugality or poverty.
- Livy, Annales, XXXIV. 4.
- Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor.
- I count him lost, who is lost to shame.
- Plautus, Bacchides, III. 3. 80.
- The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.
- Sydney Smith, Lecture on the Evil Affections.