We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of, but that does not signify that we have to continue doing them.
We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
To be ashamed of one’s immorality is a step on the ladder at the end of which one is ashamed also of one’s morality.[Sich seiner Unmoralität schämen: das ist eine Stufe auf der Treppe, an deren Ende man sich auch seiner Moralität schämt.]