None but the contemptible are apprehensive of contempt.
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
A bitch in time breeds contempt.
What is the greatest experience you can have? It is the hour of the great contempt. The hour when your happiness, too, arouses your disgust, and even your reason and your virtue. The hour when you say, ‘What matters my happiness? It is poverty and filth and wretched contentment. But my happiness ought to justify […]
Contempt, n. The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed.
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
A man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Speak of the moderns without contempt and of the ancients without idolatry; judge them all by their merits, but not by their age.
I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.