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 Love and Freindship,'Letter the13th'.
For it isa true Rulethat Love is ever rewarded,
either with the reciproque, or
with an inward and secret contempt. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.10,'Of Love'.
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 Interview in The Paris Review, no.37, winter issue.
This only grant me, that my means may lie Too low for envy,
for contempt too high. Abraham Cowley Essays, in Verse and Prose,'Of Myself'.
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).
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 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. Peter Carl,Jr Goldmark In the NewYork Times, 24 May.
To these compositions is required neither genius nor
industry nor spriteliness, but contempt of shame,
and indifference to truth are absolutely
necessary. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Of journalistic reporting. In The Idler, no.31,11
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 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),
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 Of Samson's heroic death. Samson Agonistes,
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. Cardinal JohnJoseph O'Connor In Catholic NewYork, quoted in the NewYork Times,
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 Diary entry,7 Feb.The Rump Parliament was that
which persisted after the
fall of Richard Cromwell, and before the restoration of Charles
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 Quart Livre, Prologue de l'auteur.
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 Ten DaysThat Shook theWorld, ch.3.
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.
am proud of your contempt for my character and opinions, sir. George Bernard Shaw Roebuck Ramsden toJohnTanner. Man and Superman, act1.
Familiarity breeds contemptand children. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain c.1894 Quoted in Albert Bigelow Paine (ed) MarkTwain's Notebook (1935).
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 Hymns and Spiritual Songs,'Crucifixion to theWorld,
by the Cross of Christ'.
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 Leaves of Grass,'Sands at Seventy','Stronger
Harold Rosshad a contempt for anything he didn't understand, which
was practically everything. Alexander Humphreys Woollcott Quoted
inJamesThurber TheYearsWith Ross (1959), ch.15.