Disgrace is not in the punishment, but in the crime.
Do not talk about disgrace from a thing being known, when the disgrace is, that the thing should exist.
Among the numberless contradictions in our nature hardly any is more glaring than this, between our sensitiveness to the slightest disgrace which we fancy cast upon us from without and our callousness to the grossest which we bring down on ourselves. In truth, they who are most sensitive to the one are often the most callous to the other.
Whatever disgrace we may have deserved or incurred, it is almost always in our power to re-establish our character.