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INSULT
[ Also see Abuse Affront Arrogance Civility Compliments Contempt Courtesy Impertinence Impudence Indignation Injury Insolence Offense Ridicule Scandal Slander Sneer Unkindness Wrong ]

Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion.
      - Aesop

I'd call him a sadistic, hippophilic necrophile, but that would be beating a dead horse.
      - Woody Allen

I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. O hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult.
      - Charles Buxton

Injuries accompanied with insults are never forgiven: all men, on these occasions, are good haters, and lay out their revenge at compound interest.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases!
  [Lat., Qui se laisse outrager, merite qu'on l'outrage
    Et l'audace impunie enfle trop un courage.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Heraclius (I, 2)

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

As it is the nature of a kite to devour little birds, so it is the nature of some minds to insult and tyrannize over little people; this being the means which they use to recompense themselves for their extreme servility and condescension to their superiors; for nothing can be more reasonable than that slaves and flatterers should exact the same taxes on all below them which they themselves pay to all above them.
      - Henry Fielding

No sacred fane requires us to submit to insult.
  [Ger., Kein Heiligthum heisst uns den Schimpf ertragen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (III, 3, 191)

The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

One insult pocketed soon produces another.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Whatever be the motive of insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly scarcely can deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Injuries may be atoned for, and forgiven; but insults admit of no compensation. They degrade the mind in its own esteem, and force it to recover its level by revenge.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Insults admit of no compensation.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne 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

It is very clear that one way to challenge insults is to submit to them.
      - Aime Martin

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

What wilt thou do to thyself, who hast added insult to injury?
  [Lat., Quid facies tibi,
    Injuriae qui addideris contumeliam?]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (V, 3, 4)

If you speak insults you will hear them also.
  [Lat., Contumelian si dices, audies.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Pseudolus
         (act IV, 7, 77)

Thus the greater proportion of mankind are more sensitive to contemptuous language than unjust acts; for they can less easily bear insult than wrong.
      - Plutarch

A man who insults the modesty of a woman, as good as tells her that he has seen something in her conduct that warranted his presumption.
      - Samuel Richardson

It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
  [Lat., Saepe satius fuit dissimulare quam ulcisci.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 32)

It is only the vulgar who are always fancying themselves insulted. If a man treads on another's toe in good society, do you think it is taken as an insult?
      - Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope


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