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. Sophocles
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. Phaedrus
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. Plato
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. Confucius
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
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder. Aldous Huxley
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy
There aren't any embarrassing questions just embarrassing answers. Carl T. Rowan
Start in a small TV station so you can make all of your embarrassing mistakes early and in front of fewer people. Diane Sawyer
The reason to retire is to try to avoid embarrassment; you ought to do it before people are dropping big hints. You want to be the first to come up with the idea. You don't want to wait until you trip and fall off the stage. Garrison Keillor
It is the answers, not the questions, that are embarrassing. Helen Suzman
What an embarrassment that was, being somewhere because there was nowhere else for you to be. Marilynne Robinson
Embarrassment felt a lot like eating chili peppers. It burned in the back of your throat and there was nothing you could do to make it go away. You just had to take it, suffer from it, until it eased off. Sarah Addison Allen
Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or hear, because it was too shocking, painful, or embarrassing, art changes morals. Susan Sontag
Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence knowing that one is nothing. Theodor Adorno
Even the most embarrassing mishap can be spun into comedic gold. Zach Anner