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Lord ChesterfieldAn injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

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Jules RenardI am never bored; to be bored is an insult to one's self.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

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Ricky GervaisJust because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.

—  Ricky Gervais, 1961-, British comedian & screenwriter

Samuel JohnsonWhat ever the motive for the insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly doesn't deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

George OrwellThe most bitter insult one can offer to a Londoner is “bastard”, which, taken for what it means, is hardly an insult at all.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

G. K. ChestertonMusic with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

G. K. ChestertonIt is in the very nature of the best sort of joke to be the worst sort of insult if it is not taken as a joke.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jean CocteauHe who is affected by an insult is infected by it.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Jean Jacques RousseauInsults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher


Ancient Greek

HomerWhat is this word that broke through the fence of your teeth?

Ποίον σε έπος φύγεν έρκος οδόντων;

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad IV

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Proverbs

Yiddish proverbRun away from an insult but don’t chase after honor.

—  Yiddish proverb

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