But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,HetrustedontheL that hewoulddeliverhim: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.Bible (Old Testament): ORDPsalms 22:6-8.
Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.Bible (Apocrypha): Ecclesiasticus 7:11.
A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.william congreve: 1700 Lady Wishfort to Foible. The Way of the World, act 3, sc.5.
Since Man with that inconstancy was born, To love the absent, and the present scorn. Why do we deck, why do we dress For such a short-liv'd happiness?Brendan Francis Behan: 1688 Lycidus,'To Alexis in Answer to his Poem against Fruition,' stanza 3.
Still on Israel's head forlorn Every nation heaps its scorn. 496Emma Lazarus: 1886 'The World's Justice'.
In this House, which is termed a place of free speech, there is nothing so necessary for the preservation of the Prince and State as free speech; and without it, it is a scorn and a mockery to call it a Parliament House, for in truth it is none but a very school of flatteryand dissimulation, and so fit a place to serve the devil and his angels in, and not to glorify God and benefit the Commonwealth.1576 House of Commons, 8 Feb.
Human nature is the same everywhere; it deifies success, it has nothing but scorn for defeat.Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain: 1897 Joan of Arc, bk.1, ch.8.
What I have left is from my native spring; I've still a heart that swells, in scorn of fate, And lifts me to my banks.john dryden: 1678 All for Love, or The World Well Lost, act 3.
For generations the British bourgeoisie have spoken of themselves as gentlemen, and by that they have meant, among other things, a self-respecting scorn of irregular perquisites. It is the quality that distinguishes the gentleman from both the artist and the aristocrat.Evelyn Arthur StJohn Waugh: 1928 Decline and Fall, pt.1, ch.6.
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night, Brother to Death, in silent darkness born, Relieve my languish and restore the light; With dark forgetting of my care return. And let the day be time enough to mourn The shipwreck of my ill adventured youth: Let waking eyes suffice to wail their scorn Without the torment of the night's untruth.Samuel Daniel: 1592 Delia, sonnet 54.
Il n'est pas de destin que ne se surmonte par le me pris. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.Albert Camus: 1942 Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955).
Learn then to dance, you that are princes born, And lawful lords of earthly creatures all; Imitate them, and thereof take no scorn, (For this new art to them is natural) And imitate the stars celestial. For when pale death your vital twist shall sever, Your better parts must dance with them forever.SirJohn Davies: 1596 Orchestra, or a Poem of Dancing, stanza 60.
I know that Ihavethe bodyof a weak and feeble woman, but I havetheheart and stomach of a kingand a king of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm.Elizabeth I: 1588 Address at Tilbury on the approach of the Spanish Armada.
Inspiring, bold John Barleycorn! What dangers thou canst make us scorn! Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil; Wi'usquabae, we'll face the devil!Robert Burns: 1790 'Tam o' Shanter. A Tale'.'Usquabae' = whisky.
What helps it now, that Byron bore, With haughty scorn which mocked the smart, Through Europe to the Aetolian shore The pageant of his bleeding heart? That thousands counted every groan, And Europe made his woe her own?Matthew Arnold: 1855 Poems: Second Series,'Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse', l.133-8.
O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray,To come to me: of cureless ills thou artThe one physician. Pain lays not its touchUpon a corpse.Aeschylus: Frag. 250 (trans. by Plumptre), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
There are those who strive to stamp with disreputeThe luscious food, because it feeds the brute;In tropes of high-strain'd wit, while gaudy prigsCompare thy nursling man to pamper'd pigs;With sovereign scorn I treat the vulgar jest,Nor fear to share thy bounties with the beast.joel barlow: Canto 1: st. 10, lines 1–6;
Age is deformed, youth unkind,We scorn their bodies, they our mind.thomas bastard: Chrestoleros (1598), Bk.7, Epigram 9
But as the priceless treasure too frequently hides at the bottom of well, it needs some courage to dive for it, especially as he that does so will be likely to incur more scorn and obloquy for the mud and water into which he has ventured to plunge, than thanks for the jewel he procures; as like in manner, she who undertakes the cleansing of a careless bachelor's apartment will be liable to more abuse for the dust she raises than commendation for the clearance she effects.anne brontë: Preface, 2nd edition (July 22, 1848)
"I have no cause to fear; and if they scorn me as a victim of their guilt, I can pity their folly and despise their scorn."anne brontë: Helen Graham (Ch. XXXIII : Two Evenings)
When we come to a comparison of heaven and earth, then we may indeed not only forget all about the present life, but even despise and scorn it.john calvin: Page 74 (Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life)
I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list. I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes. I know where the shoe wrings me. I will know who and who is together. Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that. The good shall have my hand and heart, but the bad neither foot nor fellowship. And in my mind, the main point of governing, is to make a good beginning.Miguel de Cervantes: Ch. 33, as translated by Pierre Antoine Motteux in The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (1701)
I pity bashful men, who feel the painOf fancied scorn and undeserved disdain,And bear the marks upon a blushing face,Of needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.william cowper: Line 347.
Built God a church, and laugh'd his word to scorn.william cowper: Line 688. (Retirement (1782))
Unwilling friend, let not your spite abate;Help me with scorn, and strengthen me with hate.john davidson: "To My Enemy", p. 2.