I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare — I have no use for him, either.
Inescapably, the realization was being borne in upon my preconditioned mind that the centuries-old and universally accepted human concept of wolf character was a palpable lie. On three separate occasions in less than a week I had been completely at the mercy of these 'savage killers'; but far from attempting to tear me limb from limb, they had displayed a restraint verging on Contempt, even when I invaded their home and appeared to be posing a direct threat to the young pups.Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf (1963).
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).
I have always had the greatest Contempt for novels written with a purpose. Fiction should render, not draw morals. But?I 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.1934 On Parade's End.
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
Prisons are a growth industry in a country that has stopped building schools because we would rather not pay our property taxes. And we seem remarkably comfortable with a criminal-justice system that locks up and "disappears" people we fear or hold in Contempt — with prisons as closets to hide our unmentionables and as factories for processing spare human parts until there is nothing left but waste.john leonard
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
Jesus once caused a sick man to arise on the Sabbath and take up his bed, whereupon the pious of the land raised a great outcry. But Jesus answered with superior Contempt that the Sabbath was there for the sake of man, not man for the sake of the Sabbath; consequently, man was also master over the Sabbath.alfred rosenberg
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
From inability to let well alone; from too much zeal for the new and Contempt for what is old; from putting knowledge before wisdom, science before art and cleverness before common sense; from treating patients as cases; and from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same, Good Lord, deliver us.Sir Robert Hutchison, 20th century physician, British Medical Journal, 1953; 1: 671.
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
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
"Disdain is the privilege of those who, like us, have been assured by reflection of their superiority to their adversary. And where the chances are the same, knowledge fortifies courage by the Contempt which is its consequence, its trust being placed, not in hope, which is the prop of the desperate, but in a judgment grounded upon existing resources, whose anticipations are more to be depended upon."Book II, 2.62--
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