Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Dangers by being despised grow great.
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
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.