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In Henry Adams, I discovered not only the prototype of the modern thinker but also someone who is more interesting: a viper-toothed, puling, supercilious crank, thwarted in ambition, aging gracelessly, mad at the cosmos, and ashamed of his own jejune ideals. He is nevertheless very dear to me.
P. J. O'Rourke
The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.
To those seniors, and especially elderly veterans like myself, I want to tell you this: You are not alone, and you having nothing to be ashamed of. If elder abuse happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want you to know that you deserve better.
Not that I am ashamed of my mind or body, my birth or breeding, my actions or fortunes, for my bashfulness is in my nature, not for any crime.
We regard wealth as something to be properly used, rather than as something to boast about. As for poverty, no one need be ashamed to admit it: the real shame is in not taking practical measures to escape from it.
I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That's why I started in with the props.
It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.
Jerome K. Jerome
One might expect that the families of murder victims would be showered with sympathy and support, embraced by their communities. But in reality they are far more likely to feel isolated, fearful, and ashamed, overwhelmed by grief and guilt, angry at the criminal-justice system, and shunned by their old friends.
No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.
Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
Never be ashamed! There's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth bothering with.
J. K. Rowling
He who is ashamed would like to force the world not to look at him, not to notice his exposure. He would like to destroy the eyes of the world.
I've actually apologized to some people I was a real jerk to, because I feel ashamed. I didn't need to be that hungry. There was something going on inside me when I was angry and feeling very threatened and not feeling good about myself.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Mormonism is the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ; of which I myself am not ashamed.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
If my child had prejudice in his head, I'd be ashamed. I would see it as my failure as a parent.
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.
Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don't be ashamed because you're human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that's as it should be.
For me, the moment the mic is on and it's rolling, it's impossible to vocally relax for some reason. But one day, I'm going to be able to sing the way I sang when I was a little kid, completely open and free. That's, I think, the one thing that's changed: Growing older, I'm not ashamed to hear my voice.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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