6 junio, 2024

50 phrases of contempt towards other people

Contempt is a feeling that human beings have and that makes them feel that something or someone has no value, that they do not deserve their time or that they do not have to be considered. When someone feels contempt she can feel psychologically abused.

Putting other people down, especially when they have done nothing wrong to us, can become a form of passive aggression, as it can hurt feelings and affect mood and self-esteem.

The best phrases of contempt

We have made a compilation of contempt phrases so that you can reflect on this attitude that some human beings have towards other people, whether they are family members, partners, friends or acquaintances.

Strong people who have lived through situations of contempt do not show their strength by belittling others. (Alice Miller)

Having gone through bad times makes a person have more empathy for others.

Only the despicable fear contempt. (François de La Rochefoucauld)

We should always stay out of the comments we may receive and not allow them to bother us.

Only basic people find joy in contempt. (Anonymous)

Enjoying contempt is a sign of little evolution of the person.

Contempt is the weapon of the weak. (Alice Miller)

People who do not have the intellectual capacity to defend their ideas resort to belittling their opponents.

You cannot influence those for whom you feel contempt. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

Our words do not reach those people we despise.

Silence is the most perfect expression of contempt. (George Bernard Shaw)

Not issuing any opinion can be taken as contempt.

Contempt is a kind of gangrene which, if it takes hold of one part of a person, gradually corrupts the rest. (Samuel Johnson)

By feeling contempt for one person, we run the risk of starting to feel this kind of feeling for others.

Between adulation and admiration often flows a river of contempt. (Minna Antrim)

We must get away from people who flatter us and criticize us from behind.

Contempt: feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable to be faced. (Ambrose Bierce)

People look down on those they consider to be their opponents, but are too big to take on.

Never despise your parents. After all, you are his son, and it is possible that you can repeat his mistakes. (Evelyn Waugh)

We should not underestimate the efforts that our parents have made for us, since we can end up committing them too.

Nothing alive should be treated with contempt. (Elizabeth Goudge)

We must learn to treat everything around us with esteem and generosity.

Hate is a matter of the heart; contempt, from the head. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

The feeling of contempt is not as strong as that of hate.

To preserve one’s own culture, it is not necessary to despise or disrespect others. (Cesar Chaves)

Criticizing cultures that are different from ours does not exalt or make it better.

Terrorism is contempt for human dignity. (Kjell Magne Bondevik)

Terrorist attacks do not value human lives.

There can be no prestige without mystery, because familiarity breeds contempt. (Charles de Gaulle)

People value what is unknown more than what is known.

Self-loathing is the worst of all evils. (Anonymous)

There is nothing worse than a person who does not value who they are or what they do. We must always accept ourselves as we are.

There is nothing that people can bear less than contempt. (Philip Stanhope)

Nobody likes to feel slighted. People who feel this way tend to get angry more than with any other offense they may receive.

Getting acquainted with evil does not create contempt, but acceptance. (Roy Hattersley)

By better understanding the motives that lead a person to commit an act of evil, we judge events from a point of view that makes us more understanding of this person.

What I have learned about myself has made me lessen both my admiration and my contempt for others. (Joseph Priestly)

By getting to know each other, we realize how hard it is for us to do things and we become more empathetic with other people.

He who despises too much, deserves his own contempt. (Anonymous)

If we have bad thoughts, we will also attract bad thoughts to us.

Contempt for happiness is generally contempt for people’s happiness, and it is an elegant disguise that hides hatred for the human race. (Bertrand Russell)

We must stay away from people who are not able to enjoy the joy of others.

A rich rogue nowadays is the company of any gentleman; and the world does not have as much contempt for mischief as you imagine. (John Gay)

Nowadays, the fact of having money is valued more than the way in which it was obtained.

Making laws that man cannot, and does not want to obey, causes all laws to be despised. (Elizabeth Cady Staton)

Laws should be used to regulate people’s behavior, not to repress them; this causes them to rebel against them.

Arguing with a person who has renounced the authority of reason and whose philosophy consists in contempt for humanity is like giving medicine to the dead. (Thomas Paine)

We must not waste time arguing with people who do not judge things in a similar way to ours.

Dependency breeds contempt. (Marty Ruben)

People who depend on others to get what they want often end up despising them because they don’t get what they want when they want it.

There is no more certain sign of decadence in a country than seeing religious rites despised. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

Countries that do not respect religious traditions are not capable of evolving as a society.

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt. (H. L. Mencken)

We should not try to win the affection of a person who despises us; if someone despises us, we must also despise him.

He who despises poetry has no respect for himself, or for anything else. (William Hazlitt)

People who don’t know how to appreciate poetry are incapable of appreciating anything in this world.

As a society, our decision to despise those who struggle and fail in a system designed to shut them out says more about us than it does about them. (Michelle Alexander)

We must value people who try to progress in life and fail. You should never underestimate anyone.

God shows his contempt for wealth with the type of person he chooses to have it. (Austin O’Malley)

The vast majority of people who have great wealth are people with unpleasant moral values.

Not wishing to be criticized, the judiciary has used its power of contempt to stifle criticism. (Prashant Bhushan)

Power always belittles and discredits all those who try to criticize its actions.

Without a little disregard for education, a person cannot complete his studies. (Gilbert K. Chesterton)

It is normal that we do not like some topics or subjects that we see when we are studying.

I have been raised and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk. (Winston Churchill)

A person who is under the influence of alcohol is not capable of reasoning sanely, therefore, they cannot make good decisions.

The greatest sin of any artist is to despise his audience. (Lester Bangs)

Artists must always respect their audience, as this is the reason why they do what they do.

I prefer that a loving relationship turns into contempt rather than apathy. (Criss Jamie)

Many times the most passionate relationships turn love into hate.

Love is always rewarded, either with reciprocity, or with secret, internal contempt. (Francis Bacon)

The passion of love always generates a reaction, which can be the opposite of that feeling.

Contempt for men invades the darkest strata of society. (Lawrence Wright)

We must always take care of ourselves and stay away from people who have no respect for human life.

When laws exist, contempt for them is fueled if they are not enforced. (Michael Bloomberg)

For laws to be fair and accepted by society, they must be enforced at all times by all people and without any distinction or privilege.

I sometimes wonder if writers should be motivated by contempt and not admiration. (Orson Scott Card)

Writers should always have a critical point of view of the people they are writing about.

Contempt is a dangerous emotion that leads us to believe that we know more than we really do. (Scott Spencer)

By despising another person, we do not take their opinion into account and we come to think that we are better than them, when it really is not.

In order to feel contempt, you usually have to have some kind of feeling. (Ryszard Kapuscinski)

Contempt only appears when we feel something for someone.

To hate a skin color is to despise the divine creation of God. (TF Hodge)

We are all created equal and should treat each other with the same love and respect.

Being remembered after our death is nothing more than a bad reward for having been treated with contempt while we lived. (William Hazlitt)

Post mortem recognition is of no use if when the person is alive they are underestimated.

Contempt is the only grimace of the facial muscular system that is asymmetrical, represented by raising one corner of the upper lip and making a sneer. (Pamela Mayer)

The grimace that we generate when we feel contempt for something we see is very easy to identify.

A prediction of divorce is contempt. (Elizabeth Banks)

If there is a feeling of contempt in one of the members of a couple for the other person, they can only end up separating.

Despising a person who let you down a long time ago is a sign of lack of evolution. (Anonymous)

We should never hold grudges or look down on people who have hurt us; we should always move on and get on with our lives.

Mistakes are often forgiven, but contempt never. Our pride reminds us forever. (Lord Chesterfield)

Nobody likes to feel belittled, that is why it is very difficult to forgive someone who does it to us.

Do not follow those who lie despising reality. (Czesław Milosz)

We must stay away from people who twist the facts to get what they want.

Pride defeats its own end by leading the man who seeks esteem and reverence to contempt. (Henry Bolingbroke)

People often look down on those who feel very sure of themselves and do not accept their mistakes.

Contempt makes us laugh instead of talk. (Scott Spencer)

When we put another person down, nothing they say is taken seriously.

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