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Contempt Quotes

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Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Related topics: Anger

He who joyfully marches 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

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

Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
- Mark Twain

 

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

I'm awash in self-contempt!
- the Woody Allen movie Celebrity

Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect,
and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt.
- Jean Rostand

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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness,
and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
- Bertrand Russell

Compassion is contempt with a human face.
- John McCarthy

Preservation of one's own culture does not require
contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
- Cesar Chavez

Distance makes the heart grow fonder,
and familiarity breeds contempt.
According to this my soul mate should be in Thailand.
- Jason Zebehazy

In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious
people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses,
and every refusal to act excites their contempt.
- John Reed

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

Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.
- Berthold Auerbach

One of the strengths I derive from my class background
is that I am accustomed to contempt.
- Dorothy Allison

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

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
- Lester Bangs

There is small risk a general will be regarded with
contempt by those he leads,
if, whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform.
- Xenophon

What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what,
viewing me with contempt?
- Khalil Gibran

I have been brought up and trained to have
the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
- Winston Churchill

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

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

There can be no prestige without mystery,
for familiarity breeds contempt.
- Charles de Gaulle

In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt.
It breeds votes.
- Paul Lazarsfeld

Isn't it fitting that so many of those who have contempt
for the private sector will soon find themselves back in it?
- Mitt Romney

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

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

The particular article ought in my opinion to be treated with absolute contempt.
It is too vile to touch.
- Emma Lazarus

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

Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life;
never before has a generation,
drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.
- Raoul Vaneigem

What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt.
That's not a smile.
- Jack Kevorkian

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against
one's own despised and unwanted feelings.
- Alice Duer Miller

An appeal is when you ask one court to show it's contempt for another court.
- Finley Peter Dunne

Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts,
but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who
seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.
- Henry Bolingbroke

Contempt for the world is what allows me to continue living in it.
- Matthew Lotti

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

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey,
serves to bring all law into contempt.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance.
- Roy Hattersley

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I was very careful to cast guys who were very good-looking
and very fit and who had a certain sense of privilege about them,
because with that sense of privilege comes contempt.
- Neil LaBute

Terrorism is contempt for human dignity.
- Kjell Magne Bondevik

Don't hold your parents up to contempt.
After all, you are their son, and it is just possible
that you may take after them.
- Evelyn Waugh

What I have known with respect to myself,
has tended much to lessen both my admiration,
and my contempt, of others.
- Joseph Priestley

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

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

Most of my adult life I had this towering contempt for America.
- Robert Crumb

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to
see the rites of religion held in contempt.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.
- H. L. Mencken

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

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

Though familiarity may not breed contempt,
it takes off the edge of admiration.
- William Hazlitt

Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.
- Minna Antrim

Love of glory can only create a great hero;
contempt of glory creates a great man.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

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

The jury had down right contempt for punk rock grass roots ethics.
- Jello Biafra

God shows his contempt for wealth by the kind of person
he selects to receive it.
- Austin O'Malley

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense
for being treated with contempt while we are living.
- William Hazlitt

Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate,
contempt, can accompany true love.
- Marshall McLuhan

I have equal contempt for both left and right radicals.
- Aleksandr Lebed

You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor.
I don't care.
- Jack Kevorkian

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt,
and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.
- John Steinbeck

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

Facetiousness is allowable when it is the most proper
instrument of exposing things apparently base and vile to due contempt.
- Isaac Barrow

Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors;
they can be smelled.
- Eric Hoffer

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy,
for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley

My philosophy is familiarity breeds contempt.
- Chaka Khan

There is an insolence which none but those who themselves
deserve contempt can bestow,
and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.
- Henry Fielding


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