Walt Whitman Page

“Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.”

- Walt Whitman

Source/Notes: Leaves of Grass (1885 ed.), Preface
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Page

“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Source/Notes: Les injures sont les raisons de ceux qui ont tort. As quoted in "Dictionnaire de maximes" by L.J. Mabire, 1830, p. 293
Moliere Page

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.”

- Moliere

Leonardo da Vinci Page

“Patience serves us against insults precisely as clothes do against the cold. For if you multiply your garments as the cold increases, that cold cannot hurt you; in the same way increase your patience under great offences, and they cannot hurt your feelings.”

- Leonardo da Vinci

Source/Notes: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci


Will Arnett Page

“This pilot, by far, was the best I ever read - and I hope that insults every other pilot I worked on.”

- Will Arnett

Lionel Blue Page

“Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas, and insults against Jews in Martin Luther.”

- Lionel Blue

Mason Cooley Page

“Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?”

- Mason Cooley

Mason Cooley Page

“We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.”

- Mason Cooley

Epictetus Page

“It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.”

- Epictetus


Anthony Holden Page

“A close associate of his gave an interview in which the book was described as quotes 'fiction from being to end'. I suffered trial by tabloid for a couple of weeks, lots of insults in the press, in the columns - this man should be put in the tower and so on.”

- Anthony Holden

Billy Idol Page

“I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don't have to be nice anymore.”

- Billy Idol

Sinclair Lewis Page

“There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.”

- Sinclair Lewis

Edouard Manet Page

“Insults are pouring down on me as thick as hail.”

- Edouard Manet


Travis Tritt Page

“People look at you, and they've got just the perfect little box for you, the perfect category. Call you a redneck. Call you a hillbilly. Like those were insults.”

- Travis Tritt

Raoul Vaneigem Page

“Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.”

- Raoul Vaneigem