Quotations on Contempt

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Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.
- Minna Antrim
(Keywords: Admiration, Contempt, Flattery)

Whence it is somewhat strange that any men from so mean and silly a practice should expect commendation, or that any should afford regard thereto; the which it is so far from meriting, that indeed contempt and abhorrence are due to it.
- Isaac Barrow
(Keywords: Men, Abhorrence, Contempt, Practice, Silly)

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
- Carl Bernstein
(Keywords: Truth, People, Americans, Being, Contempt, Culture, Information, Journalism, Popular, Reality, Today)

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Keywords: Soul, Contempt, Eyes, Pity, Self, Sense, World)

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Keywords: Government, People, Anarchy, Contempt, Example, Law, Man)

Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts, but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs
(Keywords: Anger, Love, Contempt, Hate, Pity)

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Motivation, Admiration, Contempt, Wonder, Writers)

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Humor, Love, Lie, Heart, Contempt, Laughter, Smiles)

If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Wife, Breeding, Contempt, Disgust, Familiarity, Intimacy, Man, Will)

No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Education, Contempt, Man)

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Books, Contempt, Desire, Glory, Man, Names, Praise)

Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Keywords: Work, Fear, Absurdity, Contempt, Novelty)

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley
(Keywords: Lie, Contempt, Envy, May)

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Time, Contempt, Universe)

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
- Will Durst
(Keywords: Fear, Hope, Anxiety, Comedy, Contempt, Defiance, Laughter)

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Music, Mistake, Contempt, Rank)

I grew up to have my father's looks, my father's speech patterns, my father's posture, my father's opinions, and my mother's contempt for my father.
- Jules Feiffer
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Contempt, Opinions, Speech)

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Art, Contempt, Man)

Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage, and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse.
- Mary Garden
(Keywords: Sex, Abuse, Beliefs, Breeding, Children, Contempt, Religious, Research)

A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.
- John Gay
(Keywords: Company, Contempt, Gentleman, World)

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin
(Keywords: Age, Virtue, Contempt, Hair, Nothing, Old, Respect, Vice)

More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic.
- John Hall
(Keywords: Sympathy, Contempt, Expression, Letters, Poor)

Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance.
- Roy Hattersley
(Keywords: Acceptance, Contempt, Evil, Familiarity)

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Admiration, Contempt, Familiarity, May)

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Being, Contempt, Living, Poor)

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Nature, Poetry, Heart, Contempt, Language, Respect)

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Complaint, Contempt, Fortune, Pity)

In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Keywords: Feelings, Contempt, Order)

You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor. I don't care.
- Jack Kevorkian
(Keywords: Care, Contempt, Honor)

Hezbollah's contempt for human suffering is total, as it showed once again this morning when its rockets murdered two Israeli Arab children in Nazareth.
- Tom Lantos
(Keywords: Children, Contempt, Suffering)

In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes.
- Paul Lazarsfeld
(Keywords: Politics, Contempt, Familiarity)

Well, the memories were obviously - every match is important, every point counts, especially the last sort of 18, 20 years when the matches have been so tight.
- Emma Lazarus
(Keywords: People, Community, Contempt, Fact, Favorite, Hatred)

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Keywords: Religion, Contempt, Country)

Although Salinger had long since cut me out of his life completely and made it plain that he had nothing but contempt for me, the thought of becoming the object of his wrath was more than I felt ready to take on.
- Joyce Maynard
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Contempt, Nothing, Wrath)

I had to get rid of any idea of hell or any idea of the afterlife. That's what held me, kept me down. So now I just have nothing but contempt for the institution of the church.
- Frank McCourt
(Keywords: Idea, Church, Afterlife, Contempt, Hell, Nothing, Now)

Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.
- Marshall McLuhan
(Keywords: Love, Contempt, Hate)

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.
- Alice Duer Miller
(Keywords: Feelings, Contempt, Defense)

Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find repose.
- Czeslaw Milosz
(Keywords: Truth, Lie, Contempt, Falsehood, May, Reality)

All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt - you know, I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff - has begun to seem really important.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Family, Artist, Contempt, Man)

In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color.
- Toni Morrison
(Keywords: American, Contempt, Europe, Nothing)

One of my kids was born in 1968. There were going to be political difficulties, but they were never going to have that level of hatred and contempt that my brothers and my sister and myself were exposed to.
- Toni Morrison
(Keywords: Sister, Brothers, Contempt, Difficulties, Hatred, Kids)

I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons.
- Toni Morrison
(Keywords: People, Contempt, Understanding)

Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Keywords: Women, Contempt, Vanity, Woman)

An actress must be a woman whose emotional perceptions are true, and to make them so, she must have a fine contempt for any art or thought that betrays them for something false.
- Nance O'Neil
(Keywords: Art, Thought, Contempt, Perceptions, Woman)

Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements.
- Paracelsus
(Keywords: Alchemy, Contempt, Now, Past)

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt.
- Plutarch
(Keywords: God, Belief, Contempt, Opinion, Unworthy)

What I have known with respect to myself, has tended much to lessen both my admiration, and my contempt, of others.
- Joseph Priestley
(Keywords: Admiration, Contempt, Respect)

And there had to be a dagger thrust in the heart of the left to tell them that you are no longer gonna give five years for a Smith Act prosecution or one year for Contempt of Court, but we're gonna kill ya!
- Julius Rosenberg
(Keywords: Heart, Act, Contempt, Court, Years)

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Happiness, People, Contempt, Disguise, Hatred, Race)

The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy.
- Harold Russell
(Keywords: Power, Actions, Authority, Contempt, Democracy, Military, states, United)



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