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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others.

Man | Respect | Ridicule | Right | Thinking | Wisdom | Respect |

Walter Savage Landor

He who brings ridicule to bear against truth finds in his hand a blade without hilt.

Ridicule | Truth | Wisdom |

Sydney Smith

Wit gives to life one of its best flavors; common-sense leads to immediate action, and gives society its daily motion; large and comprehensive views, its annual rotation; ridicule chastises folly and imprudence, and keeps men in their proper sphere; subtlety seizes hold of the find threads of truth; analogy darts away in the most sublime discoveries; feeling paints all the exquisite passions of man’s soul, and rewards him by a thousand inward visitations for the sorrows that come from without.

Action | Folly | Life | Life | Man | Men | Ridicule | Sense | Society | Soul | Truth | Wisdom | Wit | Society |

Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

Don't laugh at a child's ambitions. There is no sting so sharp as ridicule, and a laugh is often ridicule to a child. What a parent should do when he knows his child is overreaching, is to talk it over with him from every angle, and, if possible, find an angle from which the job can be attacked with hope of success. Then urge him forward, give him every encouragement. Above all, don't help your child to do something that he can accomplish on his own. Don't deny him the priceless privilege and thrill of developing his own success.

Hope | Ridicule | Success | Child | Parent | Privilege |

Frederick Douglass, born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey

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.

Hazard | Ridicule |

Howard Zinn

The unique ability of humans to imagine gives enormous power to idealism, an imagining of a better state of things not yet in existence. That power has been misused to send young men to war. But the power of idealism can also be used to attain justice, to end the massive violence of war.

Ability | Better | Existence | Idealism | Justice | Men | Power | Unique | War |

John Foster Dulles

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

Dynamic | Faith | Idealism | Men | Peace | Qualities | Reserve | Sacrifice | Self | Self-sacrifice | War | Will | World |

Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for greatness -- not for greed. It's a time for idealism -- not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

Action | Greatness | Greed | Idealism | Time | Words |

Thomas Fuller

'Tis easier to ridicule than commend.

Ridicule |

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

With his discovery of the discrepancy between thinking and being, Freud not only undermined the Western tradition of idealism in its philosophical and popular forms, he also made a far-reaching discovery in the field of ethics. Until Freud, sincerity could be defined as saying what one believed. Since Freud this is no longer a sufficient definition. The difference between what I say and what I believe assumes a new dimension, namely that of my unconscious belief or my unconscious striving...Since Freud, the sentence I meant well has lost its function as an excuse.

Belief | Discovery | Idealism | Sincerity | Thinking | Tradition | Discovery |

Erich Segal, fully Erich Wolf Segal

Quiet heroism or youthful idealism, or both? What do we know? That life without heroism and idealism is not worth living - or that either can be fatal?

Idealism | Life | Life | Worth |

Haim Ginott, fully Haim G. Ginott, orignially Ginzburg

A slow student is not cured by sarcasm. Mental processes are not mended by mockery. Ridicule breeds hate and invites vengeance.

Hate | Ridicule |

Lin Yutang

A vague uncritical idealism always lends itself to ridicule and too much of it might be a danger to mankind, leading it round in a futile wild-goose chase for imaginary ideals.

Danger | Idealism | Ridicule | Danger |

Leo Busacaglia

The most human thing we have to do in life is to learn to speak our honest convictions and feelings and live with the consequences. This is the first requirement of love, and it makes us vulnerable to other people who may ridicule us. But our vulnerability is the only thing we can give to other people.

Convictions | Feelings | Life | Life | People | Ridicule | Learn |

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

Idealism and metaphysics are the easiest things in the world, because people can talk as much nonsense as they like without basing it on objective reality or having it tested against reality. Materialism and dialectics, on the other hand, need effort. They must be based on and tested by objective reality. Unless one makes the effort one is liable to slip into idealism and metaphysics.

Effort | Idealism | Materialism | Metaphysics | Need | Nonsense | People | Reality |

Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Irani

Mere intellectuals can never understand me through their intellect. If I am the Highest of the High, it becomes impossible for the intellect to gauge me, nor is it possible for my ways to be fathomed by the limited human mind. I am not to be attained by those who, loving me, stand reverently by in rapt admiration. I am not for those who ridicule me and point at me with contempt. To have a crowd of tens of millions flocking around me is not what I am for.

Ridicule | Intellect | Understand |

Milan Kundera

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.

Exaggeration | Fear | Humility | Ridicule |