I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington
And do you think you can injure and degrade yourself, and I not feel it?
Bronte, Anne -- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
There is scarcely anything that can wound the pride or degrade the character of an independent nation which we do not experience.
Alexander Hamilton -- Federalist Papers
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
I wished we did not have to degrade the house with our modern jig-tunes, so out-of-place and unromantic.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
I have no position to lose, and no name to degrade.