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The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
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He who puts up with insult invites injury. Yiddish Proverbs,
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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. Rene Descartes, mathematician
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Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher
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Insults should be well avenged or well endured. Scottish Proverbs,
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It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person. George Bancroft, historian
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You make yourself and others suffer just as much when you take offense as when you give offense. Ken Keyes Jr.,
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Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me. Socrates, philosopher
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It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. Tacitus, historian
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Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul. Walt Whitman, poet
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Slander expires at a good woman's door. Danish proverb,
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Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised. Proverbs,
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Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
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Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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I love it when someone insults me. That means I don't have to be nice anymore. Billy Idol, musician
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Even rabbits insult an dead lion. Proverbs,
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Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears. Plautus, playwright
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To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness. Edgar Allan Poe, poet
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A generous confession disarms slander. Thomas Fuller, clergyman
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The best way to procure insults is to submit to them. William Hazlitt, critic
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It is easy to forgive an insult, but harder to forget one. Michael Lipsey,
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A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults. Louis Nizer, lawyer
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Let nobody speak mischief of anybody. Plato, philosopher
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Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both. Joseph Addison, writer
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Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens. St. Bernard,
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An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive. William Congreve, poet
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It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking. Epictetus, philosopher
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If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written. Samuel Johnson, author
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Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny. Mary Stewart, novelist
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It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain, author
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What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison, writer
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I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present. Aneurin Bevan, politician
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Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. Sam Brown, activist
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Calumny is only the noise of madmen. Diogenes, philosopher
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I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute. Paul Gallico, writer
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You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult. Judge Hall,
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Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination. William Hazlitt, critic
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A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it. Herodotus, historian
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Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river. Cordell Hull, public servant
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Oppression is more easily endured than insult. Junius,
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A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables. Norton Juster,
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The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the knee plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent? Julia Kavanagh,
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The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved. Russell Lynes, critic
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If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved. Russell Lynes, critic
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A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moli,
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You have got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it is called mudslinging. Fritz Mondale,
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People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they -- at least the ones that I know personally -- have been waiting for something that doesn't completely insult them. Winona Ryder, actress
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I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime. Antoine De SaintExupery, novelist
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O!, many a shaft at random sent Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word at random spoken May soothe, or wound, a heart that 's broken! Sir Walter Scott,
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I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson, politician
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Rebukes are easy from our betters, From men of quality and letters;But when low dunces will affront,What man alive can stand the brunt? Jonathan Swift, writer
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Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out. Raoul Vaneigem, philosopher
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If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey. A. N. Wilson, writer
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This pilot, by far, was the best I ever read - and I hope that insults every other pilot I worked on. Will Arnett, actor
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Each of us carries within himself a collection of instant insults. Haim Ginott,
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I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don't have to be nice anymore. Billy Idol, musician
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They lie deadly that tell you have good faces. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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You are thought here to the most senseless and fit man for the job. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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You speak an infinite deal of nothing. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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Her majesty is one verb short of a sentence. Jasper Fforde,
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To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults. Theodor Adorno, philosopher
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A close associate of his gave an interview in which the book was described as quotes 'fiction from being to end'. I suffered trial by tabloid for a couple of weeks, lots of insults in the press, in the columns - this man should be put in the tower and so on. Anthony Holden, journalist
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Whatever insults my State insults me. Preston Brooks, politician
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Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas, and insults against Jews in Martin Luther. Lionel Blue, clergyman
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