Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?
Irwin Shaw cringing quote

Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing.
— Rosa Parks

Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.
— Henry Miller

Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.
— cringing quotation by John Mason Brown