An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


By indignities men come to dignities.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


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 (1897-1960, British politician)


Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.


Sam Brown


Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.


Rene Descartes (1596-1650, French philosopher, scientist)


Calumny is only the noise of madmen.


Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-320 BC, Cynic philosopher)


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 (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Take care how thou offendest men raised from low condition.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


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


The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult.


Judge Hall


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


Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river.


Cordell Hull (1871-1955, American statesman)


Oppression is more easily endured than insult.


Junius (1769-1771, Anonymous British letter writer)


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 (1910-1991, American editor, critic)


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 (1910-1991, American editor, critic)


I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.


Louis Nizer (1902-1904, British born American lawyer, writer)


Only one who can swallow an insult is a man.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


He who puts up with insult invites injury.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


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 (1971-, American actress)


It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Even rabbits insult an dead lion.


Author Unknown


Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.


Author Unknown


Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.


Raoul Vaneigem (1934-, Belgian situationist philosopher)


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