Governed By Insult

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Governed By Insult

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said. ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

It’s hard to make out the difference between insults and bad advice. ~ Cass McCombs

The one indisputable reality of dictatorship is that dissent, insult, and malevolent language do not go unpunished if it is allowed at all. ~ Ferdinand Marcos

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river. ~ Cordell Hull

I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don’t have to be nice anymore. ~ Billy Idol

Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want? ~ Mason Cooley

When people start hurling insults at you, you know their minds are closed and there’s no point in debating. You disengage yourself as quickly as possible from the situation. ~ Judith Martin

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. ~ Moliere

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. ~ Epictetus

We should be careful of the insults we fling at others, lest they return and land at our feet, newly minted to apply to those who had first coined them. ~ Alexander McCall Smith

Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both. ~ Joseph Addison

Calumny is only the noise of madmen. ~ Diogenes of Sinope

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. ~ Descartes

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. ~ Frederick Douglass

You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult. ~ Judge Hall

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally. ~ Oscar Wilde

No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute. ~ Paul Gallico

I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely. ~ Josephine Baker

A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults. ~ Louis Nizer

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. ~ Sam Brown

It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. ~ Seneca

Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress. ~ Judith Martin

It is easy to forgive an insult, but harder to forget one. ~ Michael Lipsey

One insult pocketed soon produces another. ~ Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. ~ Lord Chesterfield

Insult is powerful. Insult begets both rage and humor and often at the same time. ~ Suzanne Fields

The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts. ~ William Hazlitt

He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool. ~ Brigham Young

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved. ~ Russell Lynes

You are an idiot, a retard, and whatever else you just called me. ~ James Dye

A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. ~ Walt Whitman

Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out. ~ Raoul Vaneigem

There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble. ~ Sinclair Lewis

Old age is an insult. It’s like being smacked. ~ Lawrence Durrell

By indignities men come to dignities. ~ Francis Bacon

Looking back at all the people I have insulted, I am mildly surprised that I am still allowed to exist. ~ Auberon Waugh

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. ~ Sigmund Freud

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means. ~ Clarence Darrow

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness. ~ Stephen Fry

To insult someone we call him “bestial.” For deliberate cruelty and nature “human” might be the greater insult. ~ Isaac Asimov

There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. ~ John B. S. Haldane

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. ~ Edmond de Goncourt

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer. ~ Charles de Secondat

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon. ~ Johannes Brahms

People look at you, and they’ve got just the perfect little box for you, the perfect category. Call you a redneck. Call you a hillbilly. Like those were insults. ~ Travis Tritt

To say ‘we’ and mean ‘I’ is one of the most recondite insults. ~ Theodor Adorno

The point of quotations is that one can use another’s words to be insulting. ~ Carolyn Gold Heilbrun