Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything; for there is no man that hath not his hour, nor is there anything that hath not its place.
Speak with contempt of no man.— Every one hath a tender sense of reputation.—And every man hath a sting, which he may, if provoked too far, dart out at one time or another.
Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over; but he saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt.
It is often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot. Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never.
There is not in human nature a more odious disposition than a proneness to contempt, which is a mixture of pride and ill-nature. Nor is there any which more certainly denotes a bad disposition; for in a good and benign temper, there can be no room for it.—It is the truest symptom of a base and bad heart.
The basest and meanest of all human beings are generally the most forward to despise others.—So that the most contemptible are generally the most contemptuous.
Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.
None but the contemptible are apprehensive of contempt.
Contempt is commonly taken by the young for an evidence of understanding; but it is neither difficult to acquire, nor meritorious when acquired. To discover the imperfections of others is penetration; to hate them for their faults is contempt. We may be clearsighted without being malevolent, and make use of the errors we discover, to learn caution, not to gratify satire.
Contempt naturally implies a man's esteeming himself greater than the person whom he contemns.—He, therefore, that slights and contemns an affront, is properly superior to it.—Socrates, being kicked by an ass, did not think it a revenge proper for him to kick the ass again.
I have unlearned contempt.—It is a sin that is engendered earliest in the soul, and doth beset it like a poison-worm, feeding on all its beauty.