37 Quotes About Insulting Intelligence

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Practicing emotional intelligence will help you to grow past challenges of dealing with other people. These quotes about insulting intelligence capture the feelings around what it is like to have varying options and standards in society.

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

“An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

“Complaining is an insult to God.”

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.”

“I am not aware how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support.”

“I am suggesting that as we go through life, we ‘accentuate the positive.’ I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort.”

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

“I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”

“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.”

“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”

“If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn’t be funny.”

“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.”

“Insult is powerful. Insult begets both rage and humor and often at the same time.”

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.”

“Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.”

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

“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.”

“Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.”

“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.”

“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.”

“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

“The one indisputable reality of dictatorship is that dissent, insult, and malevolent language do not go unpunished if it is allowed at all.”

“The only reason I was allowed to have a career for a quarter century as an insult comic is because it’s all in jest and all for fun.”

“There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”

“There’s a difference between an actual insult and a friendly jab. So I don’t think I’m offensive onstage.”

“They always use the word ‘insult’ with me, but I don’t hurt anybody. I wouldn’t be sitting here if I did. I make fun of everybody and exaggerate all our insecurities.”

“To insult someone we call him ‘bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, ‘human’ might be the greater insult.”

“To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”

“Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.”

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”

Knowing how to respond to others can be considered the essence of emotional intelligence.