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Despise means to regard with contempt or scorn, to look down upon with disfavor; to contemn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of.

Expression of contempt

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Annie Besant:For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke of women as a necessary evil, and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
  • God knows that we should not despise anything. We must do our best
Fidel Castro:I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest movement of his life has weakened.
Cleopatra:All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise.
Paul Laurence Dunbar:Because you love me I have much achieved,
Had you despised me then I must have failed,...
Benjamin Franklin:She laughs at everything you say. Why?
Because she has fine teeth...
Augustine of Hippo:When the Head and the members are despised, then the Whole Christ is despised, for the Whole Christ, Head and body, is that just man against whom deceitful lips speak.
  • They have created a people who do not know their own culture, but still are ready to despise it. They know nothing about Islam but say bad things about it. They cannot understand a simple poem but criticize it with.
Jesus:Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon.
Allan Massie:Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
Guy de Maupassant:...Presence of a woman, that sovereign inspiration
Spirit of order and arithmetic in the business house
Subtleties of expression to describe the most improper things
Thin veneer of modesty of every woman...
  • ...He suffered more pain than all men of salvation that ever were from the first beginning unto the last day might tell or fully think, having regard to the worthiness of the highest worshipful King and the shameful, despised, painful death. For He that is highest and worthiest was most fully made-nought and mostly utterly despised.
Blaise Pascal:We ought not to be angry at their knowing our faults and despising us; it is but right that they should know us for what we are contemptible.
  • John Rawls's argument that all are equally worthy of self-esteem "is almost a parody of this tendency, writing hundreds of pages to persuade men, and proposing a scheme of government that would force them, not to despise anyone.
  • It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration, and respect.
Mao Zedong:Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.