Everyone has found him or herself in a situation that left them red-faced and wishing the Earth would swallow them whole.
Don’t worry; it’s perfectly normal to have at least one embarrassing experience at some point in your life, though many of us have experienced way more than that!
If you are looking for words of comfort as you hide in the bathroom stall, let these quotes be an inspiration and reminder that life goes on.
“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.” – Douglas Engelbart
“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
“I know you are going to be embarrassed. We’re all embarrassed by it, but to hide the embarrassment… silence has never protected women or helped them. We need to talk about it more with our, you know – whoever – our friends, our family.” – Cybill Shepherd
“Things aren’t often what they appear to be at first blush. But embarrassment is.” – Jarod Kintz
“But I learned that there’s a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there’s not much else that can really get to ya.” – Christian Bale
“Embarrassment isn’t a just cause of action.” – Jodi Picoult
“Perhaps, on the whole, embarrassment and perplexity are a kind of natural accompaniment to life and movement; and it is better to be driven out of your senses with thinking which of two things you ought to do than to do nothing whatever, and be utterly uninteresting to all the world.” – Margaret Oliphant
“I don’t want to be the embarrassment of the galaxy to have had the power to deflect an asteroid, and then not and end up going extinct. We’d be the laughingstock of the aliens of the cosmos if that were the case.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
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“We’re often afraid of looking at our shadow because we want to avoid the shame or embarrassment that comes along with admitting mistakes.” – Marianne Williamson
“Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren’t completely embarrassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow’s embarrassment?” – Tom Cruise
“I was an embarrassment to the department when they did research assessment exercises. A message would go round the department: ‘Please give a list of your recent publications.’ And I would send back a statement: ‘None.’” – Peter Higgs
“The embarrassment of a situation can, once you are over it, be the funniest time in your life. And I suppose a lot of my comedy comes from painful moments or experiences in life, and you just flip them on their head.” – Miranda Hart
“I’m sitting here thinking, ‘God, I swear I will take a vow of silence and move to a monastery and worship you for all my days if you just this once provide me with an invisibility cloak, come on, come on, please please invisibility cloak now now now.’ It’s very possible that Jane is thinking the same thing, I have no idea, because she’s not talking either, and I can’t look at her on account of how I’m blinded by embarrassment.” – John Green
“If I were trying to avoid embarrassment, I wouldn’t have stumbled my way through ‘Dancing with the Stars.” – Penn Jillette
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
“The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” – George Jessel
“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
“Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II
“Life is a long lesson in humility.” – James M. Barrie
“I know my life is full of awkward pauses, and I think it’s hilarious.” – Josh Hutcherson
“If you’re OK with being clumsy, it’s funny. But if you are super embarrassed, people are going to laugh at you.” – Leo Howard
“No matter where you are or where you grow up, you always go through the same awkward moments of being a teenager and growing up and trying to figure out who you are.” – Aimee Teegarden
“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.” – Grenville Kleiser
“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
“The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.” – George Bernard Shaw
“I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.” – Drew Barrymore
“Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” – Shah Rukh Khan
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation” – Michael Jordan
As you can see it’s perfectly natural to feel some sense of humiliation; it’s what makes us human. Hold your head up and carry on.
You may feel that you’ll never live down whatever has embarrassed you, but you will live.
If you thought these quotes were helpful, check out my post on Buddhist quotes to help you feel less stressed.