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Insults are expressions, statements (or sometimes behavior) which is considered degrading and offensive. Insults may be intentional or accidental. An example of the latter is a well-intended simple explanation, which in fact is superfluous, but is given due to underestimating the intelligence or knowledge of the other.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 398.
  • Qui se laisse outrager, mérite qu'on l'outrage
    Et l'audace impunie enfle trop un courage.
    • He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases!
    • Pierre Corneille, Heraclius, I. 2.
  • Kein Heiligthum heisst uns den Schimpf ertragen.
  • Quid facies tibi,
    Injuriæ qui addideris contumeliam?
    • What wilt thou do to thyself, who hast added insult to injury?
    • Phaedrus, Fables, V. 3. 4.
  • Contumeliam si dices, audies.
    • If you speak insults you will hear them also.
    • Plautus, Pseudolus, Act IV. 7. 77.
  • Sæpe satius fuit dissimulare quam ulcisci.
    • It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Ira, II. 32.

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