It is the wit and policy of sin to hate those we have abused.
Abuse of any one generally shows that he has marked traits of character. The stupid and indifferent are passed by in silence.
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.
Abuse is often of service.
The difference between coarse and refined abuse is the difference between being bruised by a club and wounded by a poisoned arrow.
Abuse me as much as you will; it is often a benefit rather than an injury.
I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another.
There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.