Insult Quotes

Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river. - Cordell Hull


The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the knee plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent? - Julia Kavanagh


If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved. - Russell Lynes


He who puts up with insult invites injury. - Jewish Proverb


People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they -- at least the ones that I know personally -- have been waiting for something that doesn't completely insult them. - Winona Ryder


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


I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present. - Aneurin Bevan


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


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


Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble. - Benjamin Franklin


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


A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation, a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something. - Samuel Johnson


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


I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said. - William Frank Buckley Jr.


It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. [La., Saepe satius fuit dissimulare quam ulcisci] - Seneca [Lucius Annaeus Seneca]


I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be god-dam sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. - John Wayne


Never insult anyone by accident. - Robert A. Heinlein


Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton


I am never bored anywhere; being bored is an insult to oneself. - Jules Renard


I do not insult Marko. I pay him the tribute of speaking of him and feeling about him precisely as I did when he lived; the insult would be to smear his corpse with the honey excreted by my fear of death. (The Black Mountain, 1954) - Rex Stout


To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.-Benjamin Tucker


To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.-Isaac Asimov


To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.-Claud-Adrian Helvetius


Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.-Margaret Cho


Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.-Daniel Pipes


We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes.-Ferdinand Mount


Millions of dollars' worth of advertising shows such little respect for the reader's intelligence that it amounts almost to outright insult.-James Randolph Adams


Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.-Gilbert K. Chesterton


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


Never insult anyone by accident.-Robert A. Heinlein


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


Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.-Lawrence Durrell


Oppression is more easily endured than insult.-Junius


People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they - at least the ones that I know personally - have been waiting for something that doesn't completely insult them.-Winona Ryder


Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.-David Herbert Lawrence


Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.-Edward Abbey


Sometimes I think I might insult people by being openly flirtatious, then snatching it back.-Dominique Swain


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


The bad part about being recognized is that when I walk into a restaurant and sit down, I've got to eat everything on the plate, whether it's good or bad. People would take it as an insult if I did otherwise.-Paul Prudhomme


The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights.-Hideki Tojo


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


The master class seldom lose a chance to insult a woman who has the ability for something besides service to his lordship.-Caroline Nichols Churchill


The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.-Walter Lippmann


The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality.-Patricia Meyer Spacks


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


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

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