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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 Quotations[edit]

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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