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Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.
      - Joseph Addison

You may not despise any man, nor spurn anything.
      - Rabbi Ben Azai (Aze)

Contempt putteth an edge upon anger more than the hurt itself.
      - Francis Bacon

Contempt is not a thing to be despised. It may be borne with a calm and equal mind, but no man, by lifting his head high, can pretend that he does not perceive the scorns that are poured down on him from above.
      - Edmund Burke

Speak with contempt of no man. Every one hath a tender sense of reputation. And every man hath a sting, which he may, if provoked too far, dart out at one time or other.
      - Robert Burton

Go--let thy less than woman's hand
  Assume the distaff--not the brand.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 4)

Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over; but He saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment; the former is never forgiven, but the later is sometimes forgotten.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Men are much more unrolling to have their weaknesses and their imperfections known than their crimes; and if you hint to a man that you think him silly, ignorant, or even ill-bred or awkward, he will hate you more and longer than if you tell him plainly that you think him a rogue.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Wrongs are often forgiven; but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weaknesses, which we are much more careful to conceal than crimes. Many a man will confess his crimes to a common friend, but I never knew a man who would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Contempt of others is the truest symptom of a base and bad heart,--while it suggests itself to the mean and the vile, and tickles there little fancy on every occasion, it never enters the great and good mind but on the strongest motives; nor is it then a welcome guest,--affording only an uneasy sensation, and bringing always with it a mixture of concern and compassion.
      - Henry Fielding

The spirit of contempt is the true spirit of Antichrist; for no other is more directly opposed to Christ.
      - Henry Giles

An Englishman fears contempt more than death.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Correggios, and stuff,
  He shifted his trumpet, and only took snuff.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 145)

Contempt is a kind of gangrene which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

No man can fall into contempt but those who deserve it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

None but the contemptible are apprehensive of contempt.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Those only are despicable who fear to be despised.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Ah, there is nothing more beautiful than the difference between the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a holy being, and the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a self-righteous being. The one is all contempt; the other, all pity.
      - Alexander Maclaren

Nothing so contemptible as habitual contempt.
      - Elias L. Magoon

Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

There's nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.
  [Lat., Calvo turpius est nihil compto.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Grown all to all, from no one vice exempt,
  And most contemptible to shun contempt.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (pt. III, l. 21)

If a man sets out to hate all the miserable creatures he meets, he will not have much energy left for anything else; whereas he can despise them, one and all, with the greatest ease.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

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