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
To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred. Albert Camus
The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation. Anne Rice
Abuse and neglect negate love. Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humiliation, are the foundation of love. No one can rightfully claim to be loving when behaving abusively. Bell Hooks
The humiliation of the North is complete and overwhelming. Benjamin F. Wade
The theme is the theme of humiliation, which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the freedom from humiliation, and love, which is the square root of wonderful Carson McCullers
Torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer. Chuck Palahniuk
Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated. Dag Hammarskjold
To experience brokenness and humiliation all you have to do is lead. Dan B. Allender
Honesty is grounded in humility and indeed in humiliation, and in admitting exactly where we are powerless. David Whyte
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. Elie Wiesel
Letters are above all useful as a means of expressing the ideal self; and no other method of communication is quite so good for this purpose. In letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires. Elizabeth Hardwick
I appeal to you as a soldier to spare me the humiliation of seeing my regiment march to meet the enemy and I not share its dangers. George Armstrong Custer
One man's transparency is another's humiliation Gerry Adams
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. H. L. Mencken
He was so excessively polite that Wallander suspected he has endured many humiliations in his life. Henning Mankell
Success is whatever humiliation everyone has agreed to compete for. James Richardson
Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others; and shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets one's heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he or she is automatically involved in fear of losing status. Laozi
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings. Mahatma Gandhi
There is a very personal price to public humiliation, and the growth of the Internet has jacked up that price. Monica Lewinsky
We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully. Mother Teresa
Courage is clearly a readiness to risk self-humiliation. Nigel Dennis
There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger. Pranab Mukherjee
The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. Simone Weil
You will find that you survive humiliation. And that's an experience of incalculable value. T. S. Eliot
Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster. William Tecumseh Sherman