This only grant me, that my means may lie Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
Incivility is not a Vice of the Soul, but the effect of several Vices; of Vanity, Ignorance of Duty, Laziness, Stupidity, Distraction, Contempt of others, and Jealousy.Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (1688), Volume II, Chapter XI.
Great art is the Contempt of a great man for small art.Note Books, L, in Edmund Wilson (ed) The Crack-Up (1945).
If you love the good thing vitally, enough to give up for it all that one must give up, then you must hate the cheap thing just as hard. I tell you, there is such a thing as creative hate! A Contempt that drives you through fire, makes you risk everything and lose everything, makes you a long sight better than you ever knew you could be.willa cather
There is not a negro from the coast of Africa who does not, in this respect, possess a degree of magnanimity which the soul of his sordid master is too often scarce capable of conceiving. Fortune never exerted more cruelly her empire over mankind, than when she subjected those nations of heroes to the refuse of the jails of Europe, to wretches who possess the virtues neither of the countries which they come from, nor of those which they go to, and whose levity, brutality, and baseness, so justly expose them to the Contempt of the vanquished.Adam Smith
Everyone recognized that only five percent of all the people born ever amount to anything at all. Everyone humbly thanked his providential stars that through his own personal efforts and merit he had become one of the superior five percent. Everyone looked with pity and Contempt upon the ninety-five percent who did not share his grace.mark clifton
Everyone recognized that only five percent of all the people born ever amount to anything at all. Everyone humbly thanked his providential stars that through his own personal efforts and merit he had become one of the superior five percent. Everyone looked with pity and Contempt upon the ninety-five percent who did not share his grace.p. 175 (They'd Rather Be Right (1954))
There is no bar to knowledge greater than Contempt prior to examination.Herbert Spencer, 1820 to 1903, English philosopher (Quoted in Eysenck, H.J. and Nias, D.K.B., Astrology Science or Superstition; p.1. Penguin Books (1982) ISBN 0140223975).
Theological condemnation of others, which breaks off fellowship in either judgment or Contempt, is impermissible.Commentary on the Romans (1980), p. 369: Describing Paul's view
I'll tell you about punk rock: punk rock is a word used by dilettantes and, uh... and, uh... heartless manipulators, about music ... that takes up the energies , and the bodies, and the hearts and the souls and the time and the minds , of young men, who give what they have to it, and give everything they have to it. And it's a... it's a term that's based on Contempt; it's a term that's based on fashion , style , elitism, satanism , and, everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll.Iggy Pop Iggy Pop, punk pioneer, on Peter Gzowski's 90 Minutes Live (March 1977)
Religious Naturalists will be known for their reverence and awe before Nature, their love for Nature and natural forms, their sympathy for all living things, their guilt for enlarging the ecological footprints, their pride in reducing them, their sense of gratitude directed towards the matrix of life, their Contempt for those who abstract themselves from natural values, and their solidarity with those who link their self-esteem to sustainable living.Loyal Rue - Religion is not about God, Rutgers University Press, 2005, page 367, ISBN 0813535115
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, p. 160. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
There is no room in the universe for the least Contempt or pride; but only for a gentle and a reverent heart.James Martineau, p. 160. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Nevertheless even under these [misfortunes] the force of nobility shines out, when a man bears calmly many great disasters, not from insensibility, but because he is generous and of a great soul. Setting happiness then, as we do, not in the outward surroundings of man, but in his inward state, we may fairly say that no one who has attained to the bliss of virtue will ever justly become an object of pity or Contempt.St. George William Joseph Stock, Lectures in the Lyceum or Aristotle's ethics for English readers (1897), p. 47
I am often accused of expressing Contempt and despising religious people. I don’t despise religious people, I despise what they stand for. I like, I like to quote the British journalist Johann Hari [?], who said, ‘I have no Contempt for you,’ sorry, ‘I have so much respect for you, that I cannot respect your ridiculous ideas.Richard Dawkins, in The Hypocrisy of Richard Dawkins - Reasons for God
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