Optimists are nostalgic about the future.
~ Chicago Tribune
To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.
Never insult anyone by accident.
Envy is an insult to oneself.
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Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
Everyone's so timid and afraid to insult anybody, but in the end, it's like we're all trying to please everyone. In the end, we please no one.
A slander is like a hornet; if you can't kill it dead the first time, better not strike at it.
Henry Wheeler Shaw
A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond de Goncourt
If I had simply wanted to trade on an insult to Islam, I could have done it in a sentence rather than writing a 250,000-word novel, a work of fiction.
I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I'm ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education.
Insult is powerful. Insult begets both rage and humor and often at the same time.
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.
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.
I think girls who insult people are very attractive.
Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.