To sit home, read one's favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men's doing.
Love's torments made me seek the chase; Rifle in hand, I roam'd apace. Down from the tree, with hollow scoff, The raven cried: "Head-off! head off!"Heinrich Heine
He rams his quill with scandal and with scoff, But 'tis so very foul, it won't go off.Edward Young
At church, with meek and unaffected grace , His looks adorn'd the venerable place; Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools , who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.Oliver Goldsmith
Then haste, kind Death, in pity to my age, And clap the Finis to my life's last page. May Heaven's great Author my foul proof revise, Cancel the page in which my error lies, And raise my form above the etherial skies. * * * * * * * * The stubborn pressman's form I now may scoff; Revised, corrected, finally worked off!