Quotes and Sayings about Ridicule



"The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Faith, Truth, Learning, Ridicule)

"I'm a geophysicist and all my earth science books when I was a student, I had to give the wrong answer to get an A. We used to ridicule continental drift. It was something we laughed at. We learned of Marshall Kay's geosynclinal cycle, which is a bunch of crap."
- Robert Ballard
(Related: Science, Books, Earth, Ridicule, Wrong)

"A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Wife, Husband, Influence, Ridicule, Woman)

"When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a self-made man in America?"
- Glenn Beck
(Related: America, Man, Ridicule, Self, Shame)

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
- William Blake
(Related: Imagination, Nature, Eyes, Joy, Man, Ridicule, Tears)

"I hope there are some who will brave ridicule for the sake of common justice to half the people in the world."
- Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon
(Related: People, Hope, Justice, Ridicule, Will, World)

"In junior high school, I was an object of pure ridicule for my dress, withdrawal, and asocial manner. Dozens of times, I saw individuals laugh and smile more in ten to fifteen minutes than I did in all my life up to then."
- Arthur Bremer
(Related: Life, Dress, Ridicule, School, Smile)

"Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Error)

"I've had some movies that have been ridiculed, but that's OK with me. I don't feel that really defines me. Should I change who I am to be popular?"
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Change, Movies, Popular)

"Lincoln was the greatest speaker and he was ridiculed for how he looked, you know?"
- Kevin Costner
"I stand up for what I believe. I don't know if it's always paid off for me, because I've been ridiculed and humiliated."
- Kevin Costner
"You see, I'd not a very good place here; the fellows looked on me as a sort of special object of ridicule, on account of the hat and cane, walk, and so on, though I thought I'd got over that by this time."
- Richard H. Davis
(Related: Time, Thought, Ridicule)

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Abhorrence, Ridicule)

"While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Women, Idea, Fact, Gossip, Theory)

"Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Government, Present, Ridicule, World)

"We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Ridicule)

"Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Money, Corruption, Effort, Ridicule)

"Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Society, Ridicule, Slander)

"I couldn't walk down any street in Britain without being laughed at. It was a nightmare. My children were devastated because their dad was a figure of ridicule."
- David Icke
(Related: Dad, Being, Children, Ridicule)

"One of my very greatest fears as a child was being ridiculed in public. And there it was coming true. As a television presenter, I'd been respected. People come up to you in the street and shake your hand and talk to you in a respectful way."
- David Icke
(Related: People, Being, Public, Talk, Television)

"Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Reason, Ridicule)

"One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded."
- Paul Klee
(Related: Work, Garden, Lies, Ridicule, Will)

"Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Fear, Delight, Exaggeration, Humility, Limits, Ridicule)

"I worry about kids and all they are exposed to. Kids get so bombarded with hard, commercial sounds. They don't even have a chance to develop the softer part of themselves without fear of being ridiculed."
- Susannah McCorkle
(Related: Fear, Being, Chance, Kids, Worry)

"You know, I think it's one of those cases where the situation really does dictate your level of ridicule."
- Michael McKean
(Related: Ridicule)

"I think the hardest part about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers - the criticism and the ridicule, the gossip and rumors."
- Beverley Mitchell
(Related: Being, Criticism, Gossip, Ridicule, Rumors, Teenagers)

"I know there are reporters who ridicule pundits."
- Daniel Okrent
(Related: Ridicule)

"Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual."
- Thomas de Quincey
(Related: Favorite, Tea, Will)

"Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Man, Ridicule)

"It's an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk."
- Winona Ryder
(Related: Love, Society)

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Truth, Being, First, Self)

"Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Nation, Nations, Right)

"It rolls off my back. Ridicule doesn't mean anything - even from people you're supposed to wear knee pads around, like the scientific community."
- Dwight Schultz
(Related: People, Community, Ridicule)

"Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Grief, Nothing)

"Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Argument, First, Fool, Ridicule)

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Actions, Effort, Ridicule)

"Ridicule is a weak weapon when pointed at a strong mind; but common people are cowards and dread an empty laugh."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: People, Cowards, Mind, Ridicule)

"The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: People, Heroism, Ridicule)

"I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule."
- Horace Walpole
(Related: Age, Dancing, Day, Old, Ridicule, Talking, Tongue, Youth)

"Reason is the test of ridicule, not ridicule the test of truth."
- William Warburton
(Related: Truth, Reason, Ridicule)

"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Genius, Ridicule, Tribute)

"The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work, because that work is ingenious, beautiful, or just pleasing, has become ridiculed."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Work, Idea, Successful, Satisfaction)