Quotes of Derision

“ Ridicule is the first and last argument of fools. ”

- Charles Simmons

“ To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. ”

- Albert Einstein

“ Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid. ”

- George Eliot

“ Man is so much more sensitive to the contempt of others than to contempt for himself. ”

- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“ What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt? ”

- Khalil Gibran

“ This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it. ”

- Samuel Goldwyn

“ The more backwoodish a social group, juvenile or adult, the stricter its conception of the normal, and the readier it will ridicule any departure from it. ”

- Arthur Koestler

“ Oh, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful In the contempt and anger of his lip! - Twelfth Night. Act iii. Sc. 1. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ The irony is this: If you don't go in, you can't find out. ”

- Richard Stine

“ A bigot delights in public ridicule, for he begins to think he is a martyr. ”

- Sydney Smith

“ To ridicule philosophy is really to act the part of a philosopher. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit. ”

- Unknown

“ A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke. ”

- Rudyard Kipling

“ Consistency is only suitable for ridicule. ”

- Jean Baptiste Moliere

“ Consistency is only suitable for ridicule. ”

- Moliere

“ There are too many ironies in the fire. ”

- John Leonard

“ My level of sarcasm's gotten to a point where I don't even know if I'm kidding or not. ”

- Unknown

“ Sarcasm: the last defence of the truly witless. ”

- John G. Pollard

“ Time changes all things and cultivates even in herself an appreciation of irony, and, therefore, why shouldn't I have changed a trifle? ”

- James Branch Cabell

“ Every woman is just a different kind of problem. ”

- Chuck Palahniuk

“ Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ To ridicule philosophy is truly philosophical. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ There is an insolence which none but those who themselves deserve contempt can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear. ”

- Henry Fielding

“ And took for truth the test of ridicule. ”

- George Crabbe

“ Ridicule is the language of the devil. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, it is contempt. ”

- Florence King

“ People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still. ”

- Milan Kundera

“ Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away. ”

- Lord Byron

“ Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule... as making the worse appear the better reason. ”

- Laertius Diogenes

“ Ridicule is the best test of truth. ”

- Lord Chesterfield
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