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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

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 opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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 (1729-1797) British political writer.

Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.

Milan Kundera (1929-?) Czech writer.

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