Familiarity breeds contemptand children.Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain: c.1894 Quoted in Albert Bigelow Paine (ed) MarkTwain's Notebook (1935).
As Ihavejust come frommaking my Easterconfessionon Good Fridayand have forgiven all those who trespass against me, I cannot harbour any thoughts of revenge, only contempt for an arrant shit who is bursting with pride, although he is simply being taken for a ride by his women.Joseph II: 1786 Of the senior dignitary of the Holy Roman Empire, the Elector- Archbishop of Mainz. Letter to Trauttmansdorff (his representative at Mainz),14 Apr. Quoted in T C W Blanning Joseph II (1994), p.148.
Harold Rosshad a contempt for anything he didn't understand, which was practically everything.Alexander Humphreys Woollcott: Quoted inJamesThurber TheYearsWith Ross (1959), ch.15.
I am proud of your contempt for my character and opinions, sir.George Bernard Shaw: 1903 Roebuck Ramsden toJohnTanner. Man and Superman, act1.
It is increasingly rare for many of usto believe that people can be poor, but honest, poor but deserving of respect. Poverty is no longer blamed on anyone but the poor themselves.Contempt for the poor has become a virtue.1994 In Catholic NewYork, quoted in the NewYork Times, 24 Nov.
As every teacher, like every drill-sergeant or animal trainer, knows in his practice, teaching and training have virtually not yet begun, so long as the pupil istoo young, too stupid, too scared or too sulky to respondand to respond is not just to yield.Where there is a modicum of alacrity, interest or anyhow docility in the pupil, where he tries, however faintheartedly, to get things right rather than awkward, where, even, he registers even a slight contempt for the poor performances of others, of chagrin at his own, pleasure at his own successes and envy of those of others, then he is, in however slight a degree, co-operating and so self-moving.Gilbert Ryle: Quoted in R S Peters (ed) The Concept of Education (1966), ch.7.
Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald: Note Books, L, in Edmund Wilson (ed) The Crack-Up (1945).
To these compositions is required neither genius nor knowledge, neither industry nor spriteliness, but contempt of shame, and indifference to truth are absolutely necessary.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1758 Of journalistic reporting. In The Idler, no.31,11 Nov.
In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when everyact of the authorities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excites their contempt.john reed: 1919 Ten DaysThat Shook theWorld, ch.3.
This only grant me, that my means may lie Too low for envy, for contempt too high.Abraham Cowley: 1668 Essays, in Verse and Prose,'Of Myself'.
I have always had the greatest contempt for novels written with a purpose. Fiction should render, not draw morals. ButI sinned against my gods to the extent of saying that I was goingto the level of the light vouchsafed meto write a work that should have for its purpose the obviating of all future wars.Ford Madox originally Ford Hermann Hueffer Ford: 1934 On Parade's End.
Welfare is hated by those who administer it; mistrusted by those who pay for it; and held in contempt by those who receive it.1977 In the NewYork Times, 24 May.
No wonder the really powerful men in our society, whether politicians or scientists, hold writers in contempt.Theydoit becausetheyget no evidence from modern literature that anybody is thinking about any significant question.Saul Bellow: 1965 Interview in The Paris Review, no.37, winter issue.
Pantagrue lismeest certaine gaiete d'esprit confite en me pris des choses fortuites. Pantagruelism is a certain liveliness of mind made in contempt of chance happenings.Fran c° ois Rabelais: 1552 Quart Livre, Prologue de l'auteur.
For it isa true Rulethat Love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans: 1625 Essays, no.10,'Of Love'.
She was nothing more than a mere good-tempered, civil and obliging young woman; as such we could scarcely dislike hershe was onlyan Object of Contempt.jane austen: 1790 Love and Freindship,'Letter the13th'.
When I survey the wondrous cross On which the prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.Isaac Watts: 1707 Hymns and Spiritual Songs,'Crucifixion to theWorld, by the Cross of Christ'.
Boys do now cry 'Kiss my Parliament!' instead of 'Kiss myarse!'so great and general a contempt is the Rump come to among all men, good and bad.Samuel Pepys: 1660 Diary entry,7 Feb.The Rump Parliament was that which persisted after the fall of Richard Cromwell, and before the restoration of Charles II.
Have you not learn'd great lessons fromthose who reject you, and brace themselves against you? or who treat you with contempt, or dispute the passage with you?Walt(er) Whitman: 1888 Leaves of Grass,'Sands at Seventy','Stronger Lessons'.
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise, or blame, nothing but well and fair, And what may quiet us in a death so noble.john milton: 1671Of Samson's heroic death. Samson Agonistes, l.1721-4.
If the life of natural things, millions of years old, does not seem sacred to us, then what can be sacred? Human vanity alone? Contempt for the natural world implies contempt for life. The domination of nature leads to the domination of human nature.edward abbey: "A Walk in the Desert Hills", page 44
Familiarity breeds contempt or Acquaintance softens prejudices.aesop: The Fox and the Lion
"The archbishop's support for this law [the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2006, see above] violates numerous Anglican Communion documents that call for a "listening process" involving gay Christians and their leaders. But his contempt for international agreements also extends to Articles 18-20 of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which articulates the rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, association and assembly. Surprisingly, few voices -- Anglican or otherwise -- have been raised in opposition to the archbishop. When I compare this silence with the cacophony that followed the Episcopal Church's decision to consecrate the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, a gay man who lives openly with his partner, as the bishop of New Hampshire, I am compelled to ask whether the global Christian community has lost not only its backbone but its moral bearings."peter jasper (archbishop) akinola: (John Chane, Bishop of Washington)
Religious believers of the world, you are free to continue to debate the simple, narrow question that divides you from atheists, but you have no right, in so doing, to treat the Humanists of the world with contempt. You owe them a deep debt of gratitude, for not only have they shed much light on a naturally dark world but they have very probably helped civilize your own specific religion.steve allen: Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio: Raising Standards of Popular Culture (2001), ISBN 1615927514, p. 344
SIr, I am fully sensible of the greatness of that freedom, which I take with you on the present occasion; a liberty which seemed to me scarcely allowable, when I reflected on that distinguished and dignified station in which you stand, and the almost general prejudice and prepossession, which is so prevalent in the world against those of my complexion.I suppose it is a truth too well attested to you, to need a proof here, that we are a race of beings, who have long labored under the abuse and censure of the world; that we have long been looked upon with an eye of contempt; and that we have long been considered rather as brutish than human, and scarcely capable of mental endowments.Sir, I hope I may safely admit, in consequence of that report which hath reached me, that you are a man far less inflexible in sentiments of this nature, than many others; that you are measurably friendly, and well disposed towards us; and that you are willing and ready to lend your aid and assistance to our relief, from those many distresses, and numerous calamities, to which we are reduced. Now Sir, if this is founded in truth, I apprehend you will embrace every opportunity, to eradicate that train of absurd and false ideas and opinions, which so generally prevails with respect to us ; and that your sentiments are concurrent with mine, which are, that one universal Father hath given being to us all ; and that he hath not only made us all of one flesh, but that he hath also, without partiality, afforded us all the same sensations and endowed us all with the same faculties ; and that however variable we may be in society or religion, however diversified in situation or color, we are all of the same family, and stand in the same relation to him.Sir, if these are sentiments of which you are fully persuaded, I hope you cannot but acknowledge, that it is the indispensible duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, and who possess the obligations of Christianity, to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race, from whatever burden or oppression they may unjustly labor under ; and this, I apprehend, a full conviction of the truth and obligation of these principles should lead all to.benjamin banneker: Letter to Thomas Jefferson on racism and slavery (19 August 1791) in Copy of a letter from Benjamin Banneker to the secretary of state, with his answer., p. 8. Printed and sold by Daniel Lawrence, no. 33. North Fourth-Street, near Race. Philadelphia M.DCC.XCII. (1792) in official website of University of Virginia Library.