Who made it inappropriate to be naked?


related to shame

"Shame is the feeling of being unworthy, inadequate, or defective, expressed in the belief that: 'There's something wrong with me.’ It is a feeling of remorse about one's worth as a person. The self, more than one's behavior, becomes the target of attack. "

Shame is the feeling of being inferior, inadequate, or damaged, expressed in the belief, 'Something is wrong with me.' It is the feeling that one is insufficient as a person. You, more than your own behavior, become the target of the attack.

From the book: Dynamics of Shame by Uzma Mazhar, quote translated by the author of this website (see legal notice)

"If God wanted us to be nude, we would have been born that way."
"If God had wanted us to be naked, we would have been born this way."

Oscar Wilde, * October 16, 1854, + November 30, 1900

“You're still very small
and far from being human
if one is already indignant,
just because someone else is different. "

Author unknown

Everyone has the right to do anything
thereby not hurting anyone.

Arthur Schopenhauer

"Tolerance means: apologizing for the mistakes of others. Tact means: not noticing them."

Arthur Schnitzler

“Because God created him, the human body can remain naked and unclothed and retains its splendor and beauty untouched. Sexual decency cannot somehow be identified with the use of clothing, nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and total or partial nudity. There are circumstances in which nudity is not indecent. Nudity as such should not be equated with physical shamelessness. Indecency is only given when nudity plays a negative role in terms of a person's worth. "

Pope John Paul II

“Delicious, healthy, silent nudity in nature! Oh, the poor, sick, horny townspeople could only really get to know you again. "

Walt Whitman, 1877

"Should also be ashamed of all those who thoughtlessly use the wonders of science and technology and who have not grasped more of it than the cow of the botany of the plants, which it eats with pleasure."

Albert Einstein, 1930

"It is much harder to shatter a prejudice than an atom."

Albert Einstein

"Clothes make people. No clothes make people."

Author unknown

Unless children are allowed to see adults naked at times, the children must inevitably feel that there is a secret, and when they do, they become irritable and indecent.

Bertrand Russell, mathematician, educator and philosopher (* May 18, 1872, + February 2, 1970)

The person without a shell is actually only the person.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Understanding and representing nudity as a natural phenomenon protects your children from developing a phobia of shame or disgust for the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and always avoid their children seeing a bare bottom or a bare chest, the children will wonder what is so unusual or even unsettling about the human body.

Dr. Lee Salk, doctor and psychiatrist

No problem will be solved if we wait lazily for God to take care of it.

Martin Luther King

While we philosophers are still arguing whether the world exists at all, nature is perishing around us.

Karl Popper, philosopher

The youth should go their own way, but a few signposts can't hurt.

Pearl S. Buck

Only when the brave have become wise and the wise have become courageous will that be felt what has often been mistakenly stated: a progress of mankind.

Erich Kaestner

Nothing is worse than the taboo against questioning false taboos.

This is from myself

Everyone should be saved according to their own style.

King Friedrich II. (The Great) of Prussia

The youth of today love luxury, have bad manners, and despise authority. They contradict their parents, cross their legs and bully their teachers.


The biggest mistake one can make in life is always to be afraid of making a mistake.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Freedom is always the freedom of those who think differently.

Rosa Luxemburg

Where intolerance is tolerated
the last hour of freedom strikes.

This is from myself

The higher the righteousness rises in a person, the less often he is right,
that is, the less often his statements and assertions agree with the truth.

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi

Real freedom is not freedom from something
but a freedom to do something.

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi

When most of them are ashamed of poor clothes and furniture,
how much more should we be ashamed of poor ideas and worldviews?

Albert Einstein

The sad thing is - when it comes to morality and conscience, every generation starts over.
Humans are developing rapidly in research and science.
But character and morals - we are no further than we were under the ancient Romans.

Jürgen Todenhöfer

Every child is good. You just have to let it be good!

Maria Montessori

The following 50 quotes are from an earlier web project that I have since given up.
Where no author is named, I do not know him either.

You can catch a swallow. But you can't stop spring.

Anyone who has a lot of money but no friends is not rich, but lonely.
But if you have friends, you are really rich, even if you have no money.

Whoever realizes that he has made a mistake and does not correct it,
he is already making the next mistake.


Whoever seeks the truth must also be able to endure it.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

It is often not a good thing to say everything you know.
But it is always very good to know what you are saying.

Jealousy is a passion
who eagerly seeks what creates suffering.

The hard part about upbringing is knowing when to stay out of it.

You can lead a horse to water.
But you can't make it drink.

Everyone knows good advice
just not who needs it.

When you were born everyone was happy;
whether everyone will cry when you leave depends on you.

The least forbearance is those who need the most.

The wise can be recognized by three things:
Silence when fools speak
think when others believe
and act when lazy dream.

People need three things:
The power to change what he can change
the serenity to accept what he cannot change,
and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

Work sweat on your hands is more honorable than a gold ring on your finger.

In a bet there is a fool and a thief.

Aren't you patient in little things
you will get nowhere with big plans.


Bitter tea, offered with benevolence,
tastes sweeter than tea that is served with a sour expression.

Evil does not live in the world of things.
It lives alone in man.

These are the sages who travel to truth through error.
Those who persist in error are the fools.

You owe him more thanks, who help you not to fall,
as the one who helps one up.

The highest victory is achieved by those who defeat themselves.

The step has to be adapted to the leg.

You can't forbid the wind, but you can build windmills.

From "if I" and "I would have" and "I wanted to"
no one has seen his pockets full of gold.

The good intent is a horse that is often saddled but rarely ridden.

The winner has many friends
the vanquished has good friends.

The true scholar is not ashamed to ask those who are below him.

Even the longest journey begins with the first step.


As long as you are not at home in yourself
are you at home nowhere.

From a hit from the 1970s

On every ship, whether it's steaming or sailing,
there's someone to take care of it.

Guido Westerwelle

Whoever sticks to the old rut is an old fool.

There's no shame in being overwhelmed.
Then not asking for help is fine.

A tongue has no bones,
but can break bones.

Life and death pass you by
but whoever is free once is free forever.

The elk's greatest enemies used to be themselves.

Fritz W. Bernstein

I advise you to be able to do more than you do -
than doing more than you can.

Bertolt Brecht

The most dangerous worldview is that of the people
who have never looked at the world.

Alexander von Humboldt

Who is the bigger fool? The gate or the gate that follows it?

Obi Wan Kenobi (in Star Wars - episode 4)

Do not try!
Do it or don't do it!
There is no trying.

Yoda (in Star Wars - episode 5)

Whoever fights can lose.
If you don't fight, you've already lost.

Bertolt Brecht

The only one who really needs an ocelot fur
is the ocelot.

Prof. Bernhard Grzimek

If an idea doesn't sound absurd at first,
there is no hope for them

Albert Einstein

In all the wrong that happens
are not only to blame for committing it,
but also those who do not prevent it.

From "The Flying Classroom" by Erich Kästner

Anyone who thinks they are a Christian because they go to church is wrong.
You don't become a car if you go into a garage.

Albert Schweitzer

Beautiful women, noble horses:
both, dear friend, are expensive.
You have to choose from both
choose horses! They are more loyal.

Love your child the most
when it least deserves your love
because then it is needed most urgently!

Who takes criticism badly, has something to hide.

Helmut Schmidt

The civil service must be conducted for the benefit of those
entrusted to him
not for the benefit of those
to whom he is entrusted.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A state that allows the nature on which it depends
is not protected and preserved, but exploited,
is like a farmer who slaughters the cow he wants to milk.

This is from myself

Two things are infinite
The universe and the human stupidity,
but I'm not quite sure about the universe yet.

Albert Einstein

What mind is so empty and blind
who cannot see the fact
that the foot is more elegant than the shoe
and the skin more beautiful than the robe with which it is clothed?