Humiliation Sayings and Quotes

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


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.     

John Donne

Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.     

John Guare

The greatest humiliation in life, is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it.     

E. W. Howe

Rather than swallowing our pride and simply asking what we do not know, we choose to fill in the blanks ourselves and later become humbled. Wisdom was often, in its youth, proven foolish, and ones humiliated were meant to become wise.     

Criss Jami

As a rule the person found out in a betrayal of love holds, all the same, the superior position of the two. It is the betrayed one who is humiliated.     

Ada Leverson

When a man mourns for someone who has played him false, it is not for love of her, but for his own humiliation at not having deserved her trust.     

Cesare Pavese

Every situation of justice is an occasion where someone is being humiliated and they want to restore their dignity.     

Desmond Tutu

If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms.     

Abdolkarim Soroush

When you feel humiliated or things like that, you either use it as fuel to change or you get covered by it.     

Diane Von Furstenberg

He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort.     

Ali Ibn Abi Talib

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

People really do like seeing their best friends humiliated; a large part of the friendship is based on humiliation; and that is an old truth,well known to all intelligent people.     

Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is only one certain test of the virtue and that is humiliation. The acceptance of humiliation alone shows the depth and reality of our humility.     

Nivard Kinsella

Personal humiliation was painful. Humiliation of one's family was much worse. Humiliation of one's social status was agony to bear. But humiliation of one's nation was the most excruciating of human miseries.     

Orson Scott Card

It is not the pain and the wounds that are the worst. The worst is the humiliation.     

Pascal Mercier

Humiliation sets armies marching, empires falling, breaks hearts and minds and souls.     

Janet Morris

Many of those who are humiliated are not humble. Some react to humiliation with anger, others with patience, and others with freedom. The first are culpable, the next harmless, the last just.     

Bernard of Clairvaux

Humiliation scars deeper than the lash.     

Tobsha Learner

The moment our dignity is undermined, we get up in arms and want to see our dignity restored especially if we are humiliated.     

Desmond Tutu

Not knowing humiliation, you are ignorant of what it is to arrive at the last stage of yourself.     

E M Cioran

There is nobody more dangerous than one who has been humiliated, even when you humiliate him rightly.     

Nelson Mandela

If you knew the true value of yourself, you will never allow yourself to be humiliated by committing sins.     

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

You cannot really shame a man who sincerely does not care what others think of him.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We all get humiliated at some point or another during our lives. the trick is not to let it make you resentful or defeatist.     

Jane Stanton Hitchcock

There is no humiliation worse than the consciousness of a wasted life. It stains the spirit, forestalls hope, and destroys any motive for action or change.     

Peter Ackroyd