Oh that wisdom was half as zealous for converts as ridicule.
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
Ridicule is a weak weapon when pointed at a strong mind; but common people are cowards and dread an empty laugh.
Ridicule often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.
Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.
We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.
When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. Jan Morris prefers this for himself.