Embarrassing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old embarrassing quotes, embarrassing sayings, and embarrassing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.     

Mary Wortley Montagu

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Life is a series of embarrassing moments which leave you feeling alone in your confusion and shame.     

Miranda Hart

Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done.     

Sam Ewing

Embarrassment isn't a just cause of action.     

Jodi Picoult

The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.     

Douglas Engelbart

You can never really trust someone who remembers every embarrassing detail of your adolescence.     

Daniel Clowes

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while other write history. It matters little who wins.     

Benito Mussolini

There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It was a shameful thing that she had nothing of which to be ashamed.     

Philip José Farmer

Embarrassment is a villain to be crushed.     

Robert B. Cialdini

For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds.     


Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarrassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?     

Tom Cruise

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.     


It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.     

Henri Rousseau

It was shameful and embarrassing that there were two years in a row without a single actor of color nominated. That's insane.     

Matt Damon

There is nothing shameful about being efficient.     

Arpad Busson

To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.     

Dave Barry

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.     

Tony Benn

To a shameful extent, the charm of marriage boils down to how unpleasant it is to be alone.     

Alain De Botton

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.     

Gustave Flaubert

It is not shameful for a man to succumb to pain and it is shameful to succumb to pleasure.     

Blaise Pascal

Embarrassment isn't a just cause of action.     

Jodi Picoult

Things aren't often what they appear to be at first blush. But embarrassment is.     

Jarod Kintz

It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.     

Chuck Daly

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.     

Victor Hugo

Nothing is as embarrassing as watching your boss do something you assured him couldn't be done.     

Earl Wilson

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.     


Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.     

Richard Branson

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.     


It's very embarrassing to be put on the spot.     

Bess Truman

Shame cannot exist in conditions of light, sunshine, and humor. So the very moment that you share your most shameful moments - and can learn to laugh about them - then the spell is lifted. And you, too, are free.     

Christiane Northrup