If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
What a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.
If a man sets out to hate all the miserable creatures he meets, he will not have much energy left for anything else; whereas he can despise them, one and all, with the greatest ease.
He despises men with tenderness.
To know how to despise pleasure is itself a pleasure.
If what most men admire, they would despise, ‘Twould look as if mankind were growing wise.
It is easy to escape from business, if you will only despise the rewards of business.
Let thy discontents be thy secrets; if the world knows them ’twill despise thee and increase them.
Despise not small things, either for evil or good, for a look may work thy ruin, or a word create thy wealth. A spark is a little thing, yet it may kindle the world.